UCL Urban Laboratory


Call for textual contributions on London's regeneration for use in a collaborative performance

2 June 2016

The Storm: A Utopian Forecast for London?

In June 2016, UCL Urban Laboratory will collaborate on an experimental pedagogy with artist collective Fourthland, using performance as research to unpick narratives of regeneration. Taking place as part of the UTOPIA season at Somerset House and the London Festival of Architecture on 29 June, The Storm: A Utopian Forecast for London? emerges from Fourthland's social practice on various London estates and two years of research attendance at public enquiry and developer led consultations. The work has also developed in response to enquiries within the Urban Laboratory, including questions on education for the future city, the cultural representations of urban life through Cities Imaginaries, and concepts emerging from Cities Methodologies.

This call is for short fragments or snippets of text and ideas to be included in the Storm and read out anonymously throughout the performance. The texts will feature alongside a series of objects and actions that simultaneously re-enact some of the hidden aspects of regeneration set within the context of the UTOPIA programme and the 'Community' theme of this year's London Festival of Architecture. The contributions will produce a cacophony of sound that frame an interdisciplinary discussion after the re-enactment.

We are interested in collecting voices and documents for The Storm from a diverse range of texts.

Extracts of texts to be included in The Storm need to be sent to isik.knutsdotter@gmail.com by Friday 17 June.

The Storm will take place on the evening of Wednesday 29 June, 19.00 - 21.00 in the Utopia Treasury of Somerset House, with an accompanying installation on display from 27 June - 3 July. Places will be allocated via a ballot, opening next week on the Somerset House website. Follow @UCLurbanlab on Twitter or subscribe to the Urban Laboratory newsletter to find out when booking is open.