The People’s Bureau in Residence
14 May: 6-9pm
The Shopping Cart: People’s Bureau Archive. Ground Floor Space, LCC
15 May: Typo Café 12-4pm
18 May: Typo Café 12-4pm
19, 20, 21 May: Typo Café Space 11am-12.30pm
Workshop with Petra Cox, Education Officer, Cuming Museum
Drop in to the Cuming Cabinet of Curiosity workshop and create your own procession props inspired by artefacts in the Cuming museum collection.
A talk and workshop about how to devise and deliver participatory art/heritage workshops to engage the community. The session will be particularly relevant to those who might be interested in working in museum/archive/collection settings.
Petra Cox has conceived and developed a groundbreaking programme as part of the Cuming Museum’s work. All welcome.
19 May 1pm:
Procession from LCC to the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre. Followed by participation in a performance to win prizes, hosted by a local resident of the Elephant at the Shopping Centre outside Jenny’s Café on the First Floor 21 May:
21 May 2pm:
At the Shopping Cart, first floor, outside Jenny’s Café, Elephant&Castle Shopping Centre. All welcome.
Reading Workshop with Professor Andreas Philippopoulos- Mihalopoulos, Professor of Law and Theory, University of Westminster.
My Corridors Will Remain
Imaginaria of spatial justice
The project is in two parts. The first part consists of a reading group containing short narratives of urban spaces in the manner of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. Some of the narratives that will be read out are reimagined and rewritten Invisible Cities, some are newly written narratives. All of them have some connection to the Elephant and Castle shopping Centre, and play with the themes of real v imagined spaces, community v isolation, laws of space and movement, spatial justice and claiming of presence etc. After the stories will have been read out, the attendees will be asked to imagine and narrate their own personal imagining space narrative, and if possible in relation to real events and actual shops, corners, staircases, benches and other real spaces of the shopping centre. The second part of the project takes its cue from this and constructs a tour of the centre, where the tour guide will be mixing factual and imaginary information, community narratives and events, imaginary developments of the centre that people would like to see for its future, possible uses or alternative ways of inhabiting, in line with a spatialised and embodied idea of justice. The tour will take place in the shopping centre.
THE PEOPLE’S BUREAU is a space for exchange of skills and needs. It is based in a dedicated shopping cart at the Elephant&Castle shopping centre.
The project’s aim is to create a pool of collective local knowledge through exchange, a supporting network of different skills and to draw attention to diversity and existence of different economies in the Elephant and Castle. The project is based on gift economy, working with the social fabric of the place through exchange of skills facilitated by the people.
We have been working in the area since 2007 in collaboration with different communities in the area and collated an archive of work, which we will be opening to the public. This will be on display May 14-19.
By working from a mobile cart the project will travel within the area and beyond to celebrate the cultures of E&C past and present and to connect with communities from further afield.
The ambition is that the cart will eventually return to the newly built Elephant & Castle shopping centre, thus creating the link connecting the old and the new Elephant and becoming a museum of local culture.