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(still from the film)

Ger Duijzings and Rastko Novakovi have written a new essay on lebensraum | living space which is due to be published by I. B. Tauris in their upcoming book on Cities Methodologies.

Cities Methodologies is an annual exhibition and programme of events showcasing innovative urban research methodologies.

Inaugurated in 2009, Cities Methodologies is an initiative to showcase innovative methods of urban research from across UCL and the wider urban research community. Through peer-reviewed exhibits and events, it draws together undergraduate, masters, and doctoral research, alongside work produced by academics and other researchers and practitioners. Cities Methodologies promotes cross- and inter-disciplinary work and in 2012 showcased recent research on a wide range of cities including Detroit, Paris, London, Johannesburg, Mumbai and Beirut.

Visitors to Cities Methodologies will encounter diverse methods of urban research in juxtaposition - from archival studies to digital media experiments, practice-led art, architectural and design work to film-making, soundscapes, games and public sculpture.

You can watch lebensraum | living space, download the film and read about the working process here.



(digital video, 25 mins, 2014) a film by Steven Ball and Rastko Novaković

Sound Design by Mark Durham
Additional Camera by Nic Wassell

After 14 screenings of Concrete Heart Land, you can now watch it online at www.concreteheartland.info The film can be downloaded here.

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Concrete Heart Land exposes the social cleansing of the Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle, South London. It marks the moment that the estate was finally lost as social housing to make way for an unjust 'regeneration' scheme.

Assembled from 12 years of archive materials the film charts the struggles of the local community to keep their homes, stay living in the area, and maintain communal benefits in the face of the advance of this now notorious 'urban redevelopment programme'. Throughout the film we hear the community engaging in some of the crucial battles with elected officials, planners, and barristers in municipal planning meetings, public enquiries, and interviews.

Weaving through these recordings is a performance staged in 2012 on the then still inhabited estate. An assembled group of past and present residents, community activists, and critics of the Heygate plans chant texts composed from phrases used in the Regeneration Masterplan. The performances parody the technical language of regeneration and the aspirational language of gentrification.

Over the course of 2012 and 2013 we filmed panoramic video images of the estate and interiors of some of the Heygate flats, all of which feature in the film.

Having evicted the last residents in November 2013, Southwark Council and the developer Lend Lease are currently working towards the wider gentrification of the area.


Events - Film

Concrete Heart Land (2014, 25')

Followed by Q&A with Steven Ball and Rastko Novaković

17 Jun 2014, 7pm

Concrete Heart Land exposes the social cleansing of the Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle, South London amd marks the moment when the estate was finally lost as social housing in order to make way for a socially unjust 'regeneration' scheme.

Screening Free at The Space

Two moving image works, outcomes of last year's Leverhulme Trust residency at School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. Entrance Free.

To explore the working process and view the moving image works, go to: Geopolitical Everyday.


A DAP LAB choreographic installation fusing dance, sound, design and digital projections, directed by Brunel University's Johannes Birringer.

Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadlers Wells, Rosebery Ave, London, EC1R 4TN

Friday, 26th November 2010

"Ukiyo" explores the layers of perceptions in an audiovisual world that constantly shifts and fragments.The audience is invited to move in and around the space which features five hanamichi (runways) and several projection screens for the virtual world graphics and animated photography.

This performance by an international ensemble of artists from the London-based DAP-Lab was developed in collaboration with butoh dancers and digital artists in Tokyo, Japan, as part of cross-cultural research into virtual environments (directed by Birringer, director of DAP-Lab, and Centre for Digital Performance, Brunel University, School of Arts and coordinated in Japan by Yukihiko Yoshida, Keio University Tokyo)

The dancers and musicians perform simultaneously with digital objects that mutate. Live sound, music and visual choreography for "Ukiyo" are designed for real-time gestural interaction to animate feedback and generative processes through which virtual space and physical performer movements are intertwined.

A European-Japanese collaboration directed by Brunel academics Johannes Birringer, “Ukiyo” is a theatrical installation featuring audiophonic design concepts and wearables by Michèle Danjoux, and choreography by Katsura Isobe, Helenna Ren, Anne-Laure Misme, Yiorgos Bakalos, and Olu Taiwo; choreography on screen by Biyo Kikuchi, Yumi Sagara, Jun Makime, Ruby Rumiko Bessho and Mamen Rivera.

Original music composed by Oded Ben-Tal, with live digital sound and sensor processing by Sandy Finlayson.

Live music composed and performed by Caroline Wilkins. Photography, video and 3D digital designs by Paul Verity Smith, Doros Polydorou and Johannes Birringer; scenography and lighting by Johannes Birringer.

The Second Life graphical interface is designed by Takeshi Kabata and Yukihito Obara. Additional engineering by Eng Tat Khoo (Keio-NUS CUTE Mixed Reality Lab).

The European première of UKIYO took place in June 2010 at KIBLA Media Art Centre, Maribor, Slovenia. This project is supported by a grant from The Japan Foundation and The Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance at Brunel University, West London.

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