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Clays Lane Archive at Supplement Gallery and Bethnal Green Library

Supplement | Clays Lane Live Archive
Opening Reception at the Gallery: Tuesday 14th August, 6 – 9 pm
The exhibition is open daily 12 – 6 pm until Sunday 19th August,
The Clays Lane Live Archive exhibition and event series at Supplement and the Bethnal Green Library marks the culmination of a four-year long research project by Adelita Husni-Bey, with invited curation by Shama Khanna. Working with ex-residents the live archive maps the history of the Clays Lane housing co-operative from its founding in 1982 through to its demolition in 2007 ahead of the regeneration work planned for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

For more information please visit Supplementgallery and Clays Lane Live Archive on Facebook

Clays Lane Live Archive | Off-site Events Programme
Friday 10th – Thursday 16th August

On the occasion of the Clays Lane Live Archive exhibition at Supplement the following events will take place at Bethnal Green Library (unless otherwise stated) between 10th – 16th August. All events are free but booking is essential as space is limited, please RSVP to specifying which event(s) you wish to attend in the body of your email.

FRI 10TH AUGUST, 11.00-14.00
Artist-led workshop: Re-imagining the Olympic Myth

Ernest collective will hold a workshop on the first floor of Bethnal Green Library: ‘Mythology is ambivalent and unavoidable. It is also unavoidably a collective practice. Ernest want to use the possibilities of collective working and dialogue to assemble new myths, or to divert old ones, from the fragments and ruins that fringe the stately pleasure domes of damp Olympian daydreams. A practical series of selections, exchanges and interactions with assembled texts and images will be used for the dialogical and collective production of new myths.’

SAT 11TH AUGUST, 15.00-16.30
Public Space: Words in Contention

A round table discussion with guest speakers including: Anna Minton (author of ‘Ground Control’); Janna Graham (Projects Curator, Serpentine Gallery) and Isaac Marrero-Guillamon (editor of ‘The Art of Dissent’). Dictionary definitions of the cardinal concepts relating to the public realm and regeneration, as well words with specific relevance to the participants’ research will be discussed and connections literally drawn across the table with chalk.

SUN 12TH AUGUST, 14.00-16.30
Walking is not an Olympic Sport. A poem walk: stories/ voices/ histories in Hackney Wick

Jude Rosen (poet and urban researcher) co-leads a walk with Francesca Weber-Newth (sociologist) through an Olympic borderland.
Meet at Hackney Wick Overground station (bottom of the ramp) at 14.00; includes a pit stop.

MON 13TH AUGUST, 17.00-18.00 | TUES 14TH AUGUST, 17.00-18.00 | THURS 16TH AUGUST, 15.30-16.30 | THURS 16TH AUGUST, 19.00-20.00
18 Years: a theatrical tribute to Clays Lane

A performance conceived by Adelita Husni Bey and Dexter Hoonamansingh. Dexter lived at the Clays Lane housing co-operative for 18 years and acts as himself in this production; yet this theatrical tribute is more than a collection of memories adapted to the stage, it is an in-depth analysis of what constitutes a housing co-operative and how its principles are rooted in a reality far removed from what has come to replace Clays Lane in 2012. (Following the performance on Tuesday 14th August, guests are invited to attend the opening of the Clays Lane Live Archive exhibition at Supplement, a short walk from Bethnal Green Library).

THURS 16TH AUGUST, 17.00 – 18.45
Panel discussion

Panel Discussion and screening about Clays Lane and the co-operative movement. John Hands (author and co-founder of Clays Lane housing co-operative) meets Julian Cheyne and Mike Wells (both ex-residents of the co-operative and journalists for to discuss Clays Lane and the significance of the mutual co-operative movement today.
Plus two performances of 18 Years: a theatrical tribute to Clays Lane (as above)

All events are free but booking is essential as space is limited, please RSVP specifying which event(s) you wish to attend in the body of your email.
For more information please visit and Clays Lane Live Archive on Facebook

Adelita Husni-Bey (1985) is an artist and researcher. After studying Fine Art at Chelsea school of Arts & Design, she obtained an MA in Sociology & Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths University. Her current research involves autonomy, Micro-utopias, pirate-utopias, the ‘Land Issue’, collective memory (the production of), dissent and control, anarchist pedagogy and free-schools. Recent exhibitions and awards include: TRACK- A Contemporary City Conversation, S.M.A.K museum, curated by Mirjam Varadinis and Philippe Van Cauteren, Ghent, Right to Refusal curated by Eva Kraus and Doreen Mende, Magazin4/ Kunstverein Bregenz, Bregenz, A Holiday from Rules by Vincenzo De Bellis, MACRO Museum, Rome. Awards and grants include: British Council Grant for Artists Abroad, Ratti Foundation Residency with Hans Haacke, 2012 Young Collector Prize/ MAXXI Museum acquisition, Rome, Independent Study Program (ISP), Whitney Museum, New York.

Shama Khanna (born 1981, Nairobi) is a curator and writer based in London. She is the curator of the thematic programme at Oberhausen Film Festival 2013. Over the course of her career she has presented projects at Showroom, E:vent gallery, Tate and Lux/ ICA Biennial of Moving Image in London, Spike Island in Bristol, Iaspis in Umeå, Kunstverein Muenchen and with e-flux, Performa and P. S. 1 in New York City. She writes for Frieze and Mousse magazines as well as numerous independent publications. She teaches at Chelsea College, University of the Arts London and is a participant on the 2012/ 2013 Curatorlab at Konstfack, Stockholm.

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