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Karl Hyde is the vocalist/guitarist for English electronic group Underworld, and has also released his own music as well as working with Brian Eno. His solo album Edgeland is a series of aural snapshots taken on the periphery points between London and Essex. Some might have been captured from the low-slung windows of illegal minicabs; others from train seats while watching the sun burn out behind a horizon of skyscrapers. Edgeland comprises nine songs pieced together from notes made by Hyde on the daily journeys from his Essex home to the Homerton based studio of guitarist/producer Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno/Pulp/David Holmes). Where the thick amber glow of London’s streetlights fade out - that’s where the edgeland starts. It’s somewhere near the end of the Roman road where the all-night offies and the kebab shops work overtime; just down the overgrown pathway to the disused shoe factory that looks like an Eastern Bloc Relic, Essex style. It’s there outside the greasy spoon where the radio crackles with traffic reports from the periphery and it’s on the bankside of the river that meanders slowly towards the Thames and out to the sea. As much the darkness at the edge of town as the rabbit holes that let you escape the rat race, the edgelands are the inspiration for Karl Hyde’s first solo record.
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