Social Archive Two: Fluctuating Economies in Shoreditch12. Jul - 21. Jul 12 / ended iniva - Institute of International Visual Arts
Tuesday - Friday 11am - 6pm, Thursday late opening until 9pm, Saturday 12-6pm
Exploring the contrasting economics of Rivington Place's locale through films made by Undocumentary (artists Shiraz Bayjoo and Jessica Harrington) and the public
Members of the public are invited to contribute to Social Archive Two at Rivington Place, Iniva's (Institute of International Visual Arts) three year film project documenting Shoreditch and its economy in a time of flux. Building on last year's Social Archive One, the general public will work with artists Undocumentary (Shiraz Bayjoo and Jessica Harrington) to produce a series of short films recording the stories of people living and working in the area as it is affected by nearby fluctuations in the City and Olympic regeneration projects.
Project participants adopt the role of socio-economic historians, recording the stories of the people working and living in Shoreditch and their reflections on their economic futures, creating an archive of experiences, predictions, and hopes for the future of the area. Shoreditch is uniquely placed near the affluent Square Mile, within close proximity to the Olympic park yet is located within Hackney, one of the UK's poorest boroughs.
Over 30 films were made in last year's Social Archive One. Films include interviews with people and businesses with a wide range of backgrounds from a coffee cart vendor whose family has been operating in Calvert Avenue for over 100 years, to curry houses, newsagents, art galleries, a leather shop that has been on Redchurch Street since the 1970s, and new creative enterprises and boutiques that are just starting up.
Workshops took place on 23 June, 30 June and 5 July with a screening party on 12 July to kick off the exhibition of the films (until 21 July). Book your place online and find out more: http://www.iniva.org/ / http://www.rivingtonplace.org/
The Social Archive project is part of At the Intersection: Art and Economies, a three year initiative exploring critical and creative approaches to economics. Social Archive Three in 2013 will take a look at attitudes post-Olympics, and the impact the Games has had on businesses and residents. Visit http://www.iniva.org/ for more information.
This project takes place as part of the CREATE 12 festival (http://www.createlondon.org/) at Rivington Place. Now in its fifth year, the CREATE 12 festival celebrates Europe's largest cultural quarter, the 2012 Olympic Host Boroughs. It is also part of Shoreditch Fringe Festival.
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