April 2019

In September 2018, as part of The Peoples’ Bureau residency at The Collective, they invited me to participate in one of a series of discussions themed around the future of living, community and art that seeks to engage socially.

Out of the residency a publication developed, for which I wrote a text that jammed my understanding of Bruno Latour's deployment of 'matters of concern' with my experience of living on the Boundary Estate in east London. Here is an extract:

Phantoms, controversies and communities

Boundary Estate plan 1900


For the past thirty years I’ve lived on the Boundary Estate in Shoreditch east London, its the first public housing scheme built by a London wide authority, the London County Council in 1891. The estate was designed by a team of young architects inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement with a utopian intent, it was to replace the notorious slum the Old Nichol, and be a model for future public housing.



Dear Neil.

The Peoples’ Bureau (PB) has been ‘in residency’ at Park Royal since May 2018, commissioned by Create London with support of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), with the aim to 'engage with the community around issues related to urban change.'

Armada portrait, Elizabeth I I was one of three artists commissioned to make a new artwork to coincide with the launch of The Box. After six months of research, with several site visits and meetings with designers, curators, Learning and Engagement staff, local politicians and Box management, as agreed in the contract, I made a proposal. Here it is:

Box: Plymouth proposal draft

Audio Journeys (working title)

I would like to make a series of audio journeys, that accompany visitors through their visit to the Box. The journeys will be audio files. The files could be downloadable from various locations – for example; a dedicated platform, the existing Soundcloud account, the Boxs' web presence, etc, so visitors can listen to them on their own devices. Like a podcast, they can even take them away with them.


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