Brandon LaBelle: The Sixth Housing Estate

Elmington Estate. Photo: Zoe Tynan-Campbell

Elmington Estate. Photo: Zoe Tynan-Campbell

Elmington Estate. Photo: Zoe Tynan-Campbell

Civic Center, 2014, public action in Madrid, as part of

Civic Center, 2014, public action in Madrid, as part of "Mayrit" lab, La Casa Encendida Cultural Cen

Civic Center, 2014, public action in Madrid, as part of "Mayrit" lab, La Casa Encendida Cultural Center

Rehearsal for a People's Microphone, 2013, public work in the city of Sherbrooke, Québec,

Rehearsal for a People's Microphone, 2013, public work in the city of Sherbrooke, Québec,

Rehearsal for a People's Microphone, 2013, public work in the city of Sherbrooke, Québec, as part of Espace [ im ] Média, Sporobole Gallery

Brandon LaBelle 14-28 July 2014

The Sixth Housing Estate was a project developed by artist Brandon LaBelle as part of a two week residency in collaboration with the South London Gallery. LaBelle researched models of housing to ultimately imagine ways of "being together", and to query how neighbourliness, poverty, interruption, generosity and participation condition forms of home-life. Working within the framework of the SLG's outreach programme, and in particular its ongoing engagement with local housing estates, LaBelle proposed to model an additional (imaginary) estate, built as a composite of research material, fieldwork, voice, and auditory matter.

Housing brings together the intimate experiences we have of home-life with the operations of state policies. In doing so, housing is an extremely sensitive and essential issue, creating a complex intersection between the spatial imagination and notions of community that rests unevenly within the neoliberal politics of privatization. The sphere of the domestic, as that informative foundation central to personal life, as well as neighbourly relation, bears the weight of an economic argument.

To launch the project, the South London Gallery invited guests to the presentation of the first step: the construction of a fragment. 

Brandon LaBelle is an artist and writer living in Berlin. His work addresses the relation between the public and the private, sociality and figures of the outcast. This results in situational projects and performances, interventions in public spaces, acts of translation and archiving, as well as micro-theatre aimed at the sphere of the (un)common.

His work has been presented at the Marrakech Biennial (2014), General Public, Berlin (2013), Whitney Museum, NY (2012), Image Music Text, London (2011), Sonic Acts, Amsterdam (2010), A/V Festival, Newcastle (2008, 2010), Instal 10, Glasgow (2010), Museums Quartier, Vienna (2009), 7th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Allegro (2009), Center for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade (2009), Tuned City, Berlin (2008), Casa Vecina, Mexico City (2008), Fear of the Known, Cape Town (2008), Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam (2003, 2007), Ybakatu Gallery, Curitiba, Brazil (2003, 2006, 2009), Singuhr Gallery, Berlin (2004), and ICC, Tokyo (2000).

Also a prolific writer, he is the author of Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary (2014), Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian (2012), Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life (2010), and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (2006). He is the editor of Errant Bodies Press and Professor at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway.


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