Bit of cross pollination today, and a bit on the #365ArtDrops thing (see the whole piece as it stands so far via the #365ArtDropsTumblr feed) This piece, part 90, was deliberately left hanging by the front of the boarded up one time much-loved community cafe in the middle of Broadway, Hackney, East London. The boards are used for “officially sanctioned” public art now, wonder if any of the artists, or indeed the gallery who have their logo painted on those boards, know what went on there. How long has in been boarded up now? Really wanted an excuse to post this film (by Emily James) up on-line. “in late November of 2005, a small café in the East End of London was due to be demolished to make way for a block of flats. On the eve of the demolition, a handful of local residents occupied the café to stop the demolition. I started filming on the first day of the protest, following them through the long cold winter of their occupation”. Ten years on from the “battle” and East London is being pulled apart. The pubs, the cafes, the music venues, the creative spaces, the art spaces…
“as someone who’s been in this neighborhood a long time, I’m very pleased that I was able to document that critical moment of turn and resistance. Can’t believe it’s been nearly a decade since then, and how much further the gentrification has gone then we even dreamed back then!” (Emily James)
xxx More from film maker Emily James, a feature-length documentary about UK climate activism called Just Do It… ‘a smart, funny, adrenalised portrait of 21st-century activism’ Danny Leigh – The Guardian
“Just Do It lifts the lid on climate activism and the daring troublemakers who have crossed the line to become modern-day outlaws. Documented over a year, Emily James’ film follows these activists as they blockade factories, attack coal power stations and glue themselves to the trading floors of international banks despite the very real threat of arrest”. justdoitfilm.com
And before we go some good looking eye food and some rather fine electronic ear candy from Synthetic Organs. A remix of ‘Worshore’ the opening track on ‘A Roar From A Northern Shore’ by Synthetic Organs. ( Vocal from a bastardized poem by Robert Montgomery on the back page of a Strike Magazine. Strike is a bi-monthly newspaper, “we deal in politics, philosophy, art, subversion and sedition”)
More of this tomorrow, maybe….