The Centre for Possible Studies is an arts and resource centre in the heart of Edgware Road and explores the issues of identity, activism and localism in the area. It brings together really good artists from all disciplines and engages with local businesses and residents on issues that are purposeful and thought-provoking. It seems to have no permanent address and moves around from one unoccupied building to another. It also happens to be an extension of the Serpentine Gallery, like a wild, errant brother or sister perhaps.
Re:Assembly is a collaborative project between Ultra Red and the staff and students of Marylebone High School for Girls, but this doesn’t really do the scope of the project justice. I was fortunate enough to work with Robert Sember of Ultra Red, and to see how he developed a sustained and inspirational relationship with the students and staff over a number of years. Choreography, audio and sound, and debates were just a few of the ways he connected with students to activate an interest in citizenship and migration (class & ethnicity). This could only be done with multiple collaborators and a great curatorial team at the Centre for Possible Studies, and its a great example of how invaluable the participatory and engagement process in a residency can be.
I contributed to the production of the tiles on display at the Re:Assembly exhibition. I set of 50 plaster composite tiles with lyrics from pop songs personally chosen by students of the school, to help them remove the pressures of school life and repeated exams. The text has been gently degraded to the point were it can only be partially seen from certain angles.