This is a project collaboratively devised by Fourthland, Rosalind Fowler and a gathering of people from across the world whose paths converge on the Wenlock Barn Estate in north London.
At PEER, the artists present a new film and sculptural installation that focuses on a staged performance enacted in the public spaces of this housing estate, informed by Fourthland’s nine-year engagement with people living there.
The film has developed out of a series of what the artists refer to as ‘visits home’; as they accepted invitations into people’s individual dwellings they held conversations, gathering materials and cultural acts that could be made public through collective enactments. These performances feature crafted objects that the artists see as an embodiment of the reference points they encountered, as well as an elementary mobile stage setting or backdrop. The objects and reenactments create a liminal space for stories to collide and take on new forms using the language of myth and symbol. The project aims to use the idea of dreaming, or the unconscious imagination, to shift ways of thinking and allow new forms of kinship to emerge.
Captured on 16mm film this performance becomes a collectively produced constellation of moments, memories and histories that people carry with them; the Estate no longer just a place of residence, but a living archive of cultural inheritance.