Talks & Events
Brandon LaBelle: The Living School
Brandon LaBelle, performance, Elmington Estate, London, 2014
The Living School: Self-Built
SAT 7 MAY 2016, 12-5PM, £5/£3 CONC, LIMEHOUSE TOWN HALL
The Living School is a mobile event series organised by Brandon LaBelle which focuses on the issues of housing, common property, and the precarious subject.
For this third session of The Living School, the school will take shape through a collective and spontaneous self-build project. Run by Chris Jones from 56a Infoshop archive, practices of squatting, 'self-building' and poaching will be shared as an informational background for the playful building of a spontaneous construction within the historic Limehouse Town Hall who are co-hosting the event with SLG.
Imagining forms of 'self-building', through wood, rope, nails, through our own histories or through our own energetic bodies, we attempt to mine the deeper sense of the politics of our own survival, shelter and collective sustenance.
Representatives from Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS) will also discuss their pioneering contemporary work to use self-building to create socially, environmentally and economically sustainable neighbourhoods including their secured bid to work with Lewisham Council to create 33 unique high quality homes on the site of a former school in Ladywell, South East London.
12:00 Introduction: Brandon LaBelle
12:15 Chris Jones: Self-Build, Building Ourselves
4:00 Presentation: with representatives from RUSS
5:00 Round Up
Chris Jones is a long-term volunteer at 56a Infoshop in The Elephant & Castle, South London. The Infoshop celebrates 25 years of unfunded, non-waged existence this year. We started as a squatted premises lasting until 2003 when we became subject to regime of rent. Shit happens! We are still here and we never sleep. We sell radical books, pamphlets and newspaper. We also have a massive open-access archive of probably 70,000+ things: books, mags, posters, badges, pamphlets and leaflets. It's also a hang-out space and that's important. We share our building with Fareshares Food Co-op and 56a Bike Workshop.
Limehouse Town Hall is a place where working artists and cultural producers, audiences and communities are supported to share ideas, make interesting things happen and create a better here and now. Drawing on the heritage of the Town Hall as a civic centre and one-time labour history museum, they seek to draw contemporary parallels in the building's present use. Limehouse Town Hall has been user led since 2004 under the umbrella of the charity Limehouse Town Hall Consortium Trust.
The Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS) is a volunteer-led Community Land Trust based in south London, founded in 2009 with the aim of creating sustainable neighbourhoods and genuinely affordable homes. RUSS’s mission is to reduce their local communities’ dependence on fossil fuels, increase food security, encourage bio-diversity and provide affordable housing for Londoners. For their first project, RUSS is developing a scheme of 33 new sustainable, high quality homes amongst shared open space at Church Grove in Ladywell, Lewisham. The project, which is planned to start construction in January 2018, offers self-build opportunities for local people.
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