The Market Estate is a housing estate in North London that recently went through a regenerative process, including the replacement of the old tower blocks that became stigmatised by years of social decay and disrepair. During this process, Southern Housing Group had the foresight to support Tall Tales, an organisation that delivered a multi-arts programme on the site, just weeks before demolition, and a huge amount of effort and creativity went into the area for one weekend in late 2010.
It was here that Parasite Ceramics first started. Our objective was to make the loss of the site feel real, and to give something away as a memento of the occasion for both residents and visitors. We cast the net curtains of the abandoned flats in bone china and created a time-based installation for visitors to experience the flat in a tangible way, with the pixelated image of a view from a window high above slowly being unveiled by visitors as they uncovered the bone china curtain. As people interacted with the bone china installation, I understood that it was possible to offer different experiences to different people, with some visitors happy just to touch and feel the artwork, whilst others were willing to pay a premium for the commemorative tableware. This approach remains a key element of my practice and social agenda.