More about the Think Tank

Tuesday 28 May 2013

An indicative image of the Elephant & Castle redevelopment released by developers Lend Lease last summer

The first How to work together think tank commissions by Bonnie Camplin, Céline Condorelli, Anna Minton and An Endless Supply are live on this site now and we’ve got more planned for the summer and throughout the three years of the project, so sign up to the email list or connect with How to work together on Twitter (@_worktogether) or Facebook to get updates.

The think tank is a way for us to bring ideas from other disciplines together, to see new possibilities for working together and to make connections between our work and the work of others – individuals and organisations.

Anna Minton’s essay Common Good(s) – Redefining the public interest and the common good is a great example as it’s an opportunity, not only for us to think about how to work together in the broadest sense – ‘how to work together as a society’ – but also for us, and for Anna, to think about if and how arts organisations can be a useful platform for this kind of political debate. The essay is just the starting point and will be followed by a public event and online discussion later in the summer.

Speaking of making connections: the fate of the condemned Heygate Estate in Southwark, London is discussed in Anna’s paper Scaring the Living Daylights out of people, the companion piece to Common Good(s). This huge estate of 1,100 now empty homes has been sold by Southwark Council to developers and will be replaced by a vast majority of market housing (the image above is an indicative image released by developers Lend Lease last summer). The estate is also the subject of Bonnie Camplin’s film Heygate for Life (2011). Laid empty for three years, Bonnie describes what she experienced there as an ‘amplified materiality… The Heygate became as a crucible that concentrates our mind in its materials.’ You can watch Heygate for Life on Bonnie’s page on ubuweb.