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Artists and Architecture, at Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, included five contemporary artists: Barbaresi and Round, Robert Currie, Nathalie Guinamard, James Winnett and Mary Yacoob whose work responds to architecture, urban design and the built environment (see more images here).

The Robbins Report (shown above) is a response to the surroundings of Brunel University in west London, exploring the layout through an arial image. The title relates to the 1963 report into higher education which led to the expansion and greater accessibility of Higher Education in the UK at that time.

 

Oxford/Paris correspondence
Click here to view more photographs of the downstairs installation at OVADA

 

Oxford/Paris correspondence
Click here to view more photographs of the upstairs installation at OVADA

 

Oxford/Paris correspondances
Click here to view more photographs of the installation at Lagalerie

 

Take part in our project by photographing Oxford and Paris. Click here for more information. We would like to open up the way Oxford and Paris are presented in Google Earth by encouraging residents of the city to photograph the less recognized areas of these cities. Photograph your street, local park, school or workplace and upload these images to Panoramio so that they can be added to Google Earth. Users of Google Earth will be able to get a much broader idea of the cities than the historic centre that is usually promoted to visitors and tourists and you can influence how your city is seen by others.

 

How would you like other people to remember or think about your city? This is the question we asked a group of 6 to 12 year olds at a children's workshop at Oxford Unlocked. The children went on to make their own quirky takes on the traditional postcard of Oxford. By cutting, drawing, sticking and collaging, they transformed well known views with their own visions and imagery, incorporating digital images of parts of the city where they live and play. Click here to see the results.

 

As an introduction to 'Oxford/Paris correspondence' we gave a talk on 1st November 2008 at Oxford Unlocked entitled Oxford & Paris: A peripheral vision. We presented our discoveries and comparisons and discussed wider issues of territory and town planning.

 


 

 

E8: The Heart of Hackney was an exhibition at Transition Gallery of work by eight contemporary artists. The artists responded to the postcode in which the gallery is located in a wide range of ways and work in the show takes in photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, audio and interactive walks.

Barbaresi & Round approached the show by interviewing the area's senior residents about their experiences of housing over the last 60 years. In response to these conversations they made work about housing density in E8 and the move out to less crowded suburban areas. Click here to see more images of our work.

 

  The other artists in 'E8: The Heart of Hackney' were:Tom Hunter – who was recently the first photographer to show his work at The National Gallery, Walkwalkwalk created a walk around E8 based on chip shops. They completed a residency at the Camden Arts Centre in 2006. Emily Cole made paintings from around E8. Coming from Norwich, Iain Sinclair describes her as an ‘Urban Tourist’, Matthew Stock made work with surveillance cameras. Gary O'Connor focused on a real experience of being trapped in the Regent Studios lift. Hilary Jack found a tennis racket from the E8 streets which she restored and displayed in the gallery. Laura Oldfield Ford made a special edition of her cult fanzine, Savage Messiah. Click here to see more work from the show.  

The publication accompanying the exhibition
'E8: The Heart of Hackney' includes images of the artists’ work, and texts on the artists and the area by writers including Iain Sinclair, Ruth Jarvis and Charlie Porter. To buy a copy go to the E8 shop.

 

  Barbaresi & Round contributed a chapter to the publication entitled ‘Homes and Housing’. This includes excerpts of interviews conducted with a group of senior residents of E8, photographs they have contributed and images of Round’s wall drawings. Click here to read the interviews.  

Click here to see write-ups in The Guardian Guide, Time Out and Hackney Gazette as well as on-line reviews.

 

  In August Barbaresi & Round exhibited 'Sprawl/what gets carried by the river' at the Slade, UCL. Here are some photos of this installation of the piece.  

Barbaresi & Round have been shortlisted for the Celeste Art Prize 2006 for 'Sprawl/what gets carried by the river', 2005.

For details of the exhibition of shortlisted artists, due to open on 23rd May 2006, go to www.celesteartprize.co.uk

  'Proposal to twin Oxford & Thamesmead', 2005,an installation created for 'Oxford 2015' at Modern Art Oxford as a collaboration with Susanna Round. The idea to twin Oxford and Thamesmead was inspired by the discovery that streets and buildings in the Southmead Lake area of Thamesmead are named after areas of Oxford (see our book Thamesmead Project 05). Unlike most twinnings, this connection brings together communities that are in many ways opposites - one an established and world-famous university city, the other, briefly famous for its bold architecture, and now struggling with social problems, high unemployment and isolation from the rest of the city of London.   'Sprawl/what gets carried by the river' (detail), 2005 is part of a collaborative installation created with Susanna Round for 'New for Old', an exhibition on the theme of urban regeneration at OVADA. We have been looking at Thamesmead, a housing development in east London, and have examined the transitions and evolving identity of Thamesmead during its short history. Our installation is a reflection on the relationship of the development to the river and surrounding landscape, and the organic growth of the town.   Click here to download a pdf of the book 'Thamesmead Project 05'. The images presented in the book are intended as an exploration of the relationship between an architect's or planner's designed aspiration for a place - and how its evolution in the future is taken over by the people who make it their home.  

The photo (detail) shown above is of an early model of Thamesmead. 'New for Old' will include this, and other archive photographs of Thamesmead during the construction of the initial phases of the development. For more information and images go to www.ideal-homes.org.uk/bexley/thamesmead.html