Somewhere in Between: LCC Space and Place Research Hub Residency at Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

LCC Studio, Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, London SE1 6SB (entrance behind the elephant sculpture)

Over the course of four days in April, the Space and Place Research Hub will be in residence at the LCC studio at Elephant & Castle shopping centre. Through a series of events including workshops, talks, performances, walks and a conference, the researchers in the hub will engage the local community, academics, designers and artists with questions of place in the context of Elephant & Castle.


Wednesday 26. April 2017

Nela Milic: Boothique 16.00 – 20.00

Miranda Iossifidis will open the first meeting of the Space and Place Research Hub Reading Group 16.00 – 18.00

The group will gather around the chapter from the book
“The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting” by Alexander Vasudevan. Email Miranda if you want to join:

Nela Milic will do a public reading of her chapter from the new book “Art and the City” 18.00 – 20.00 

Lucy Thornett: Tower 20.30 – 21.30

Thursday 27. April 2017

Luise Vormittag: Recorriendo el Elefante  15.00 – 17.00

Eva Sajovic and Corinne Silva: Beating the Bounds 17.00 – 18.00

Artists’ talks and private view 18.30 – 20.30

Lucy Thornett: Tower 20.30 – 21.30

Friday 28. April 2017

Vanessa Price: Writerly Readers 9.00 – 16.00

Luise Vormittag: Recorriendo el Elefante  16.30 – 18.30

Exhibition:  18.30 – 20.30 (timing tbc)

Lucy Thornett: Tower 20.30 – 21.30

Saturday 29. April 2017

Conference 9:00 – 17:00

Somewhere in Between: Borders and Borderlands conference organized by the Interdisciplinary Research London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research Foundation

Nela Milic: Boothique

Wed 26. April, 16:00 – 20:00

The threshold of public and private space over the course of Nela’s artists’ residency in the ground floor studio off Walworth Road in 2012 became a world opener to both sides – her at home and people on the street. Nela won Southwark Community Art Award in 2015 for this project. Nela aims to use the same method by interacting with the local residents for a public reading of her book chapter about the project at the LCC studio, offering passers-by the opportunity to engage with our hub activities and our own artistic work. Nela would record, exhibit and talk about this experience and research into the locality at the Q&A the hub would have at the end of our event activities.

Nela Milic is an artist and senior lecturer at LCC’s School of Design.

Lucy Thornett: Tower

Wed 26. April – Fri 28. April daily 20:30 – 21:30

Tower is a site specific performance, performed in the windows of the LCC tower building and watched from the street with binoculars. The audience will listen to a binaural recording of the performers’ movements, creating the sense of being in the same space with the performers while watching from afar. Responding to the architecture and shifting urban landscape of the city in the context of the regeneration, the performance will allow audiences a glimpse into everyday lives and intimate moments housed within the city’s towering architecture.

For Somewhere in Between, Tower will be presented as a live performance and re-presented as a video and sound installation, experimenting with the experience of the work across different formats.

Bookings for the live performance are essential as capacity is extremely limited:

Lucy Thornett is an artist, scenographer and lecturer in Spatial Design at London College of Communication.

Luise Vormittag: Recorriendo el elefante (Walking the Elephant)

Thurs 27. Apr 15:00 – 17:00 & Fri 28.Apr 16:30 – 18:30

Luise Vormittag will collaborate with ‘Latin Elephant’, the Latin American community organisation in Southwark, to design creative and critical responses to Southwark’s Planning Application Elephant and Castle Town Centre and LCC Campus at the EC. The aim is to collectively produce visual maps that capture the current use of the shopping centre by the Latin American community and to use these outputs to engage local government representatives in debates on future urban imaginaries as well as the particular concerns of the Latin American community.

Luise Vormittag is an illustrator, designer and researcher. She lectures in Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins and is pursuing her practice-led PhD at the London College of Communication.

Eva Sajovic and Corinne Silva: Beating the Bounds

Led by Lewis Bush and Matthew Coleman

Thursday 27.April 17:00–18:00

Elephant & Castle doesn’t exist as a political ward, yet it exists in the imagination of people who live and work in the area. Artists Corinne Silva and Eva Sajovic invite students and members of the community to join them for a participatory walk, led by Lewis Bush and Matthew Coleman, who will show us their personal boundaries of the Elephant & Castle.

Beating the Bounds is an ancient English custom in which a priest and members of the community, armed with willow boughs, would beat the parish boundary markers, lest they be forgotten.This is one of several such walks organised by the artists over the past year. Material gathered will contribute to a final map containing narratives, photographs, and lines drawn by the feet of the walks’ numerous participants.

Eva Sajovic is an artist photographer, living and working in London, and teaching across UAL. Corinne Silva is is an artist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Photography and the Archive Research Centre at the London College of Communication.

Vanessa Price: Writerly Readers

Friday 28.April 9:00-16:00

Vanessa Price and LCC Outreach are hosting a workshop with a local Lambeth school exploring responses of school students to the redevelopment at the Elephant and Castle. Participants from the English Department at the Oasis Academy in Lambeth will workshop words and images to question how written language works with images to create visual meaning.

Vanessa’s research project ‘Writerly Readers’ discusses the role of graphic design in presenting and mediating the visual narratives of inner city regeneration and was first presented at the ‘Semiotics & Visual Communication: Culture of Seduction Conference’ in Cyprus in October 2015. Vanessa’s paper ‘Writerly Readers: Semiotics at the Elephant and Castle’ (Feb 2016) questions the role of graphic design in the consumption and display of the ‘spectacle city’.

Vanessa Price is graphic design researcher and educator and Lead Tutor in Postgraduate Studies on MA Graphic Media Design within the Design School at London College of Communication.

Conference : Somewhere in Between: Borders and Borderlands

Convened by The Interdisciplinary Research Foundation

Saturday 29.April 9:00 – 17:00

For programme and registration click here.

In an ever changing world the problems of setting boundaries as well as the need to create meanings and establish understanding of diverse phenomena have always been of the utmost importance for humanity. Borders, boundaries, frontiers, and borderlands, naturally formed or man made, are grounded in various ethical traditions, and have always been associated with limits and restrictions. The ongoing process of globalisation is changing the role and stereotypes of borders, so that they are often seen as opportunities rather than constraints. However, in some cases they are still being militarized and conflicted.

The conference will seek to identify and analyse the processes of border-making and border permeability in contemporary societies through aesthetic forms. We seek to explore the historical origins of borders, their role in today’s global environment and define the notion of borders, which includes not only territorial, geographical, and political borders, but also cultural and metaphorical borders, imagined spaces where interests and ideologies overlap and compete.

The Interdisciplinary Research Foundation is a not-for-profit scholarly organisation which aims to promote interdisciplinary research and foster communication and cooperation between scholars from all over the world.


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