with Philippa Hogg in collaboration with The Koppel Project
An installation, socially distant pop up performance and film project.
The arts in the UK hasn't necessarily ever been, but definitely isn't in the best of positions right now. Particularly live theatre, and the creation of new theatre.
The Koppel Project have recently had to move 70 artists out of their Soho Studios building in order for it to be torn down to make space for yet another luxury hotel.
We think it is the perfect symbol for CAPITALISM.
Driven by the need to reignite the importance of human connection, togetherness and community following the time of isolation covid-19 has brought with it, we are putting together an installation, socially distanced pop up performance & film project.
With an anarchic edge, DISMANTLE will fill an empty space with a bit of life, offering hope and resilience for a moment (before it is gone again). We think it will be a welcome celebration of a city that is full of art but hasn't always looked after its artists. It might get a bit bleak, a bit desperate and a little bit mournful too.
Initial image off of google and then collaged.
We know that unfortunately, this situation isn't unique to The Koppel Project, the artists in their studios, or London.
We are wondering how this piece might become part of a bigger project.
If you know of any other situations where artistic spaces have been demolished to make way for more 'commercial' or 'corporate' use, we'd love to hear from you (just click on the button below and send us a message!).
Project led & produced by: Josie Dale-Jones & Philippa Hogg
Installation & Set Design: Camilla Clarke
Costume Design: Lydia Higginson
Photo's & film by: Camilla Greenwell
Collaborators & Performers: Nobahar Mahdavi, Kaajel Patel, Josie Dale-Jones, Hannah Ledwidge, Olivia Norris, Philippa Hogg
Additional collaborators: Carmel Smickersgill