Archive for June, 2009

Google Street View Videos

I was thinking about this recently. If maps are a simple way to visualise being in a location, or moving through a location through tracing a route then Street View should enable us to be one step closer to actually following a route without actually being there. I hadn’t yet found an automatic way of animating Street View (there are plently of examples of people doing it “manually” by clicking through) until I came across this discussion on Flickr of someone who had done it the manual way.

A link from that discussion led to this on a Google Maps project site which is a program for “driving” though directions entered into Google Maps. Pretty much exactly what I was looking for.

I havent had a chance to try this but looks like it might be something similar.


The Putting Lot

The Putting Lot explores the possibilities of vacant lots in the city with an emphasis on community spaces. Our aim is to inspire the imaginations of our visitors and provoke a conversation about neighborhood sustainability.

We invite you to play the nine holes, each designed by a different team of artists or architects, enjoy local Brooklyn-based bites at the snack-shack, participate a variety of activities and events, or just stop by and hang out in the shade.

Bike Light Lane

Slump City

This sounds really interesting.


Thursday 18 June, 6.30 – 9pm

SLUMP Screenings presents a body of film curated by artist Laura Oldfield Ford that includes artists films, activist footage and documentary charting urban social upheaval in the capital throughout the 80s, 90s to the present day.

The films are derived from Oldfield Ford’s current project ‘Britannia:States of Emergency’ In which the artist undertakes a process of chorographically mapping the country along the lines of social antagonism by focusing on urban areas where uprisings have taken place. Today many of the areas  have been subjected to urban renewal schemes as a direct result of social unrest with Toxteth and the subsequent Liverpool garden Festival being well documnated examples.

The main focus of Oldfield Ford’s project is the Summer of 1981 when the whole country erupted in riots including Brixton and Dalston. Oldfield Ford examines how architecture and urban planning have been employed as a strategy for ‘designing out’ dissent. The project sets out not to treat social upheaval as a source of leftist nostalgia but as a radical critique of contemporary urbanism.

Part of the Slump City exhibition..

Slump City

Tessa Farmer ,  Laura Oldfield Ford,  Karen Russo

June 6th – June 26th 2009

As the consequences of the global recession take effect, the regeneration of the traditional home of London’s largest artist community in East London has slowed  and the promised Olympic legacy looks in doubt. It is within this context that SPACE presents ‘Slump City’, an exhibition presenting the work of three emerging artists whose visionary and haunting work combines gothic fantasy, poetic social realism and psycho-geography to imagine the urban periphery.

Laura Oldfield Ford, recent graduate of the RCA and winner of the VABT award, had her first show at Marlborough Fine Art last Autumn, followed by exhibitions at Hales Gallery and Arnolfini in Bristol. For ‘Slump City’, Oldfield Ford will contribute a number of works to the show, including a new series of drawings that feed from her ongoing subjective exploration and psycho-geographic mapping of the neglected backwaters of the city. These relay a broken narrative centered on the clearing and sanitizing of East London for the 2012 Olympic games.

Karen Russo is known internationally for her video, drawing and sculpture and the strange and disturbing source materials which she uses to transform the everyday into contemporary surreal imagery exploring romantic notions of the sublime. For ‘Slump City’ Russo presents ‘Economy of Excess’ (2005) – a claustrophobic filmed excursion into a cramped urban sewage pipe system. Viewed through a small robot camera used to locate blockages, an ever-expanding system of sewer pipes is revealed, mapping the grotty underbelly of our city.

Tessa Farmer’s recent practice has been inspired by her 2007 residency at London’s Natural History Museum. For ‘Slump City’ she will be presenting her stuffed and reawakened ‘road kill’ arranged into fantasy scenarios where insect fairy tormentors seek revenge for all their brethren once smothered in killing jars and pinned in display case trophies. Tessa Farmer’s work was included in the 2004 edition of the ‘Bloomberg New Contemporaries’, where her installation ‘Swarm’ was spotted by Charles Saatchi and purchased for his collection.

To compliment the context and content of Slump City SPACE will be conducting a tour of the artist enclave Hackney WIck, combining studio visits and tours of artist run spaces as part of CREATE 09, the annual arts festival hosted by the five host boroughs of the 2012 Olympic games and the Hackney Wicked festival. For details click here

The centre of Hackney determined

I really like this project of Jon Agar’s on Flickr.