An image from our project Degeneration by Alex Currie will be sold at the Hereford Photography Festival Live Auction. Alex Currie will be exhibiting some of his Degeneration photographs at the Hereford Photography Festival in October. (More Details to follow)
Other Photgraphers showing their work with Instant Coffee projections are:
- Freya Najade – If you are lucky, you get old
- Ben Roberts – Gathering clouds
- Jim Naughten – Re-enactors
- Human Endeavour Collective – Degeneration
- Ian Teh – Dark clouds
- Briony Campell – The Dad project
- Seba Kurtis – 700 miles
- Michele Tagliaferri – Mapa
- Fernando Brito – Your steps were lost in the landscape
- Andrew Jackson – The hidden landscape
- Will Hartley – Lawrence Hill
- Dalia Khamissy – Lebanese´s missing
Alex Currie and Richard Chivers have been working with Glasgow Photographer Chris Leslie on a new project called Glasgow Effect.
I have posted some links to his work Glasgow Renaissance here:
Alex Currie and Richard Chivers have been working on a new project with Glasgow based photographer Chris Leslie called ‘Glasgow Effect’.
Whereas our other project ‘Degeneration’ aims to reflect on the sociological and political implications of the demise of social housing across the UK, ‘Glasgow Effect’ specifically looks at the demise of social housing within Glasgow and it’s implications upon the so-called “Glasgow Effect”. Even though comparable cities in the UK, such as Liverpool and Manchester, have similar levels of social deprivation, there appears to be a disparity in terms of life expectancy. This can be seen within Glasgow in terms of long standing illness, acute sickness and potential psychological morbidity, resulting in 30% higher mortality rates for premature deaths and 15% higher mortality rates overall.
All Images Alex Currie.
When we did our Mini Click talk in August we were asked whether we knew of any successful Social Housing schemes?
So since then i have been researching various schemes where the design and housing are still being used successfully.
One scheme is Sir Edwin Lutyens Grosvenor Estate on Page Street in London. The design of the housing has a distinctive chequerboard appearance, L-shaped communal courtyards and gallery access.
The architecture, although varied in its detailing, is consistent in height, scale and massing, giving the blocks a strong sense of group value. The estates remain largely unaltered demonstrating the original quality of workmanship and materials.
“Grosvenor is an early example of the use of the type of access-gallery building that became one of the hallmarks of English social housing of the post-WWII years. This was an idea promoted by the Alison and Peter Smithson in their Golden Lane competition project of the 1950’s as “streets-in-the-air”, a concept to recreate the social and spatial qualities of a village street in the access system of hi-rise residential buildings. Lutyens’ buildings are only 5 & 6-floors high so the contained space of the courtyard is visible from the open gallery. Also, when the gallery occurs at every floor, there are fewer dwellings per gallery and, therefore, this space seems to belong more to each individual dwelling. The gallery type, however, was more often used as a skip-stop section type where buildings contained a combination of flats and maisonettes. Here the gallery is used by many people and becomes much less the domain of the individual apartment. The economy version of the gallery type that came to so widely used in the UK, however, housing estates like Park Hill in Sheffield (that was the built version of the Smithson Golden Lane project), the skip-stop slabs at Roehampton Estate in London, or many other examples of English social housing of the 1960’s and 1970’s, usually had neither the spatial quality nor the social amenities of Lutyens’ design.”
(Jones, Edward & Chriustopher Woodward, A Guide To The Archigecture of London, Van Nostrand, Reinhold, N.Y., 1983, pp. 321.)