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Doffy Weir has photographed the remote and neglected corners of E. London since 1980. Often concentrating on the micro, she creates landscapes of eerie beauty and ambiguous scale. Since her 2011 IceSpace photographic exhibition, she has produced a number of movies from photographs taken on walks along canals and rivers, including FreezeFrame 2012, Confluence (a journey downriver) 2013, Lesney's Ghosts 2015 (a silent film made for live improvised musical performance), 50 Shades of Grays 2015 and Concurrence (another journey downriver) 2016. “I enjoy the process of editing hundreds of photographs into films that feel just like taking someone for a walk to see things they normally pass by. I want to slow down the madness, taking time to look longer and see more.”
Guitarist Dave Draper has lived in E. London since the 1970s, experimenting with hacksaw blades, circuit bending, looping and field recordings. Discovery of Congolese rumba and the London Musicians' Collective led to African dance bands, the Invisible String Quartet and tours in Europe. He has composed soundtracks for all of Doffy Weir's movies, combining guitar-based improvisation, electronic manipulation and found sounds.
“I've long thought that the abstract nature of some of my work would fit Doffy's images perfectly, and am so pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with her.”
Their film Confluence explores changing and contradictory landscapes of the Thames Estuary from Silvertown to the North Sea in a visual essay of impressionistic photographs taken over three years. A slow journey on film, gives a sense of taking a walk, looking around and absorbing the all the contrasts of old and new, beautiful and ugly, industrial dereliction and accelerating regeneration, waste re-cycling plants and tranquil, remote, ancient wastelands. Ever changing landscapes are both urban and rural, yet neither of these.
Dave Draper's haunting soundtrack of original composition and field recordings accompanies the film.
Adam is an international renowned artist whose large-scale narrative drawings and prints can be found in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon as well as many leading private collections including that of HRH The Prince of Wales.
Andy Merritt is one half of the duo Something & Son. They explore the social and environmental issues that define our time via everyday scenarios, criss-crossing the boundaries between the visual arts, architecture and design.
Bryony Gillard is an artist, curator and educator whos work attempts to create a space for genealogies of intersectional feminist practice that are elusive, messy and entangled in contemporary concerns.
Caryn Franklin MBE, former fashion editor and co-editor of i-D Magazine and prime-time BBC TV presenter throughout the eighties and nineties, is a multi-platform broadcaster, fashion and identity commentator and activist.
Christopher Sacre is a deaf signer and has been a visual artist and art facilitator for over 20 years. He specialises in providing creative workshops/activities that are accessible to deaf people and their families, supporting other facilitators to improve the accessibility of their provision at galleries, museums, and other creative events.
Artists Trevor Mathison and Gary Stewart form Dubmorphology a London based research, production and performance group who make experimental sound and visual installations that examine the relationship between culture, technology and creativity.
Kayo Chingonyi was born in Zambia in 1987, moving to the UK at the age of six. He is the author of two pamphlets, and a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry.
Laura Blake joins our Crude Britannia discussion on climate and the estuary on Sat 22 May. She is Chair of the Thames Crossing Action Group, formed to protest against the proposed, new Lower Thames Crossing.
Lazarus Tamana is an international activist, a defender of human rights, environmental and Indigenous issuses. He is currently the President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) Nigeria