Tom Hunter will be speaking on housing issues at the Engaging in Urban Image Making Symposium at Goldsmiths, University of London
Friday the 27th of April, 2018
After a stimulating series of conversations in 2017, Engaging in Urban Image-making, a one-day symposium hosted by the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) at Goldsmiths continues the dialogue about how we engage with urban life in our image-making practices in the 21st century. Through the presentation of a diverse selection of visual stories, we are keen to address how image making can support our understanding of some of the complexities associated with contemporary urban life.
Friday, 27th April 2018, RHB 137A, Goldsmiths, University of London
Time Activity People
10.45 Registration (with Laura Henneke)
11.15 Introductions Les Back, Anita Strasser, Gill Golding
11.30 Keynote: The Forensic Turn and the thingness of the photograph Dr. Paul Lowe
12.10 Questions and Answers
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 Housing Issues Tom Hunter
13:50 Coventry Ritz Cinema Dr. Nirmal Puwar
14:10 The Oxenham House Neighbourhood Project: how can photographic research be used to facilitate community among neighbours? Anita Strasser
14:30 Questions and Answers
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee/Tea break
15:30 Marshlands Tanya Houghton
15:50 Walking the Leaway Anthony Palmer
16:10 Tracking – down by the railway Jennifer Roberts
16:30 Questions and Answers with Gill Golding
17:00 End + Wine Reception
Housing Issues – Tom Hunter
Over the last 25 years I have been engaged in community housing projects in inner city London. This began with my project ‘The Ghetto’ which documented and campaigned to save a squatting community of 100 people facing eviction from developers and the council in Hackney. This project took the form of a 3D photographic sculpture which is now on permanent display at the Museum of London. This set me on my path as community activist and documentary maker in the urban environment. Since then I have gone on to document the residents of the much-maligned Holly Street estate during the transition and rebuilding of the estate. And more recently the Woodberry Down estate, where I was commissioned by the Serpentine gallery to work in partnership with Age Concern to make a film ‘A Palace for Us’. This film not only documented the lives of the elders from the estate but also told the history of social housing from the second world war to today’s council housing sell-off.
In all these projects I have interwoven documentary, social issues and different artistic approaches to create works which champion the residents of social housing and give them a voice in a wider national housing debate.