EXPLORING LOCAL IDENTITY, GENTRIFICATION and THE ROLE OF THE CITIzen
Tradeptford was a local platform hosting events and debate, exploring the theme of local identity, gentrification and role of the citizen in Deptford, South East London. And a new compound word I smashed together!
Over the course of 6 months we set up and test a new market forum for Deptford. A new typology that aimed to position the artist/architect as a lever for positive social change, the output being a way to give people a voice and ultimately change the equation art = gentrification to, art = local resilience.
Each market developed new themes to engage different demographics of Deptford, to both gain understanding and develop evidence for a future citizen led neighbourhood plan – delivered by newly formed (DNA) Deptford Neighbourhood Action group. Through the direct participation in each forum, local residents working together with local artists and designers attempted to unpick the impact of gentrification in Deptford.
The identity was based on the strength of Enzo Mari's open source autoprogettazione furniture designs. The structure formed the foundation and surface for the workshop spaces/furniture and debates. We took this as a logo and and mark that held all the materials together.
Take Back the markets culimated in a final festival style event collectively hosting and celebrating the local communities present in Deptford. The printout doubled up as a Deptford directory showcasing local organisations working to support community interest and area's in need.
Assembly project under taken in Deptford in 2015 collaboration with Publicworks. Funded by Arts Council England.