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Sunday, 12 May 2013

"Enclosure" By Daniel Eltringham and Bruno Roubicek

All Photos by Bruno Roubicek

Dan Eltringham                                            In Little Parcels
“...little minds to please” - John Clare
words, pioneer encroachers of space, they were themselves rich & various, invariably imperative:
waste-breath                                                   i mean, take-in waste
now assart the selvedge, clear a space, increment by increment, a breck here or there, “naturalised by customary usage”, i mean, can you ever remember a time when this wasn’t theirs? the elder can, but who’s going to ask?
1. It is perhaps possible to say therefore that enclosure enclosed – as in, like, shut down, shut up - its own linguistic heterogeneity before it was called enclosure
forget not tofts & crofts, nibbled increments around dwellings,  chewing away like acid at the forest’s edge                                                   
well, it all sounds so innocent & primal when you put it like that                                                                                                                                         but what about the ‘greater villain’?[1]
2. The diversity of ways in which, between the 16th and 18th centuries, it was possible to say ‘enclosure’, depending on where you were, who you were, & what you were enclosing also implies struggle over the uses & meanings of supposedly ‘common’ spaces that is neither new nor safely in the past - Cf. Millennium Green,2013
which was once Sydenham Common,
which was once Westwood,
which was once Great North Wood [natural oak forest, unbroken], home to the vagrant & precarious, bandits, smugglers bringing goods up from the coast                thru the green lanes of Peckham
1605. James I leases 500 acres of the Common to Henry Newport for ‘improvement’.
“above 500 poore householders with wives and manye children greatly relieved by sayde Common and would be utterly undone yf yt should be unjustly taken from them”
1614. Abraham Colfe & one hundred locals march to petition the king at Tottenham Cross, while Syndenham residents take a more direct route, tearing down fences & filling in ditches. The brilliantly-named Innocent Lanier, Newport’s man, ordered servants to attack women collecting wood.
1615. The Privy Council decides it all seems a bit too much trouble, and declares the enclosure illegal. Anti-enclosure movement notable for an alliance between the violent resistance of the destitute and local bourgeois worried about where, if chucked off the Common, the squatters would go.
1754. “Persons claiming right of common” several times threw down fences surrounding Coopers Wood asserting rights of access for estovers [gathering fuel] & other customary rights.
1789. Other things happening elsewhere, but in South London a cheese merchant, Samuel Atkinson, builds the Sydenham – Peckham road & opens up the wood for houses. He starts with his own. He also shoots a local man, Michael Bradley, in the leg for walking where his grandfather had, who later dies when the wound goes bad.
1810. The Common is enclosed by act of parliament. In 1866 the Metropolitan Commons Act passed, which protected land with a demonstrable common use in the past from further encroachment.

[1] Cf. Anon, ‘The Goose and the Commons’ (popular song)

NEST by Nathalie Hauwelle 1st - 3rd May

"NEST" by Nathalie Hauwelle at the Little Ecological Arts Festival from bruno roubicek on Vimeo.

A nest fit for a human built by Nathalie Hauwelle and the visitors to LEAF

photos by Bruno Roubicek unless otherwise credited

photo Wickland-Sims Photography

photo Wickland-Sims Photography

Sunday, 20 January 2013

LEAF - The Programme - 1st – 4th May 2013 London

For All Humans and Non-humans
Please see the end of the post for a full schedule of events and details of how to get to the venue. 

“Enclosure” by Dan Eltringham
Dan needs more space for his things. He’s staked a claim on part of the Green. He might lease it to you.

“Tree / Book” by Camilla Nelson – Interactive Installation
Materials for reading, writing and mark-making will be threaded into a web between the branches of two oaks on The Green, in order for readers and writers to use them to express their environment, verbally and non-verbally, using the pages provided.  These pages will then be published as part of the physical web.  This installation is designed to inspire a playful exploration of the materials local to the area, and to encourage an expanded understanding of writing practices and materials in relation to environment.

“Labyrinth” by Maria Strutz 
A walkable sculpture.

“The Keithettes: Divination” by Beetle and Bird
London based Performance Company, Beetle and Bird pay homage to their Irish heritage, 
The Keithette's retell a traditional Irish Mayday folklore with the help of some snals.

“After The Tempest” by Teatro Vivo – Theatre
The Spirits of Albion Island invite you to come and celebrate Independence Day! 
The tyrannous Prospero has relinquished control and the Spirits will be celebrating by planting a
memorial. Discover lovers and kings, monsters and men creating a storm in the undergrowth. 
This will be a work in progress showing inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

“Nest” by Nathalie Hauwelle  Performance
           A nest fit for a human is built from wood found on The Green

“Insect Hotel” by the International Collective of Ecological Actors
Performance Installation
You are trying to check in but the receptionist is busy building bed-space for some exceptional guests.

“I Surrender” by Rachael Henley
Performance Installation
Knitting - Live

“Linus Slug” by Mendoza
Witches! Familiars! Descent / dissent! A history of Northumberland Entomologically retold.

Gleaning, Leaning and the Lean” by Natalie Joelle
What does it mean to glean and what are the ecological implications of its gestures?

“The Last Cuppa” by Elaine Pantling
There is comfort in a cup of solitude but there is much more pleasure in sharing a pot of tea with friends. 
Every cup, every sip stirs up a story and invokes a memory never to be forgotten…

“Where Do We Go From Here?” by the International Collective of Ecological Actors
 Interactive Installation
Reveal the path to the future

“Danae” by Melissa Budasz 
Open House Gallery
Steeped in myth, history and the natural world Melissa Budasz explores her physical and emotional relationship with these themes, placing herself at the centre as both subject and voyeur.

“Sprites In Shorts” by Simon and Phil 
The festival finishes with Crystal Palace’s finest. Famous for their “Blessing of The Pond” on Albion Millennium Green


WHO? WHAT? Wednesday        1st May Thursday        2nd May Friday                 3rd May Saturday           4th May
Camilla Nelson Tree/Book 2pm-8pm 2pm-8pm 2pm-8pm 2pm-8pm
Dan Eltringham Enclosure 2pm-8pm 2pm-8pm 2pm-8pm 2pm-8pm
Maria Strutz Labyrinth 2pm-8pm 2pm-8pm
Beetle and Bird Divination 2pm-3pm 2pm-3pm 2pm-3pm 2pm - 3pm
Nathalie Hauwelle Nest 5pm-8pm 2pm-8pm 2pm-8pm
International Collective of Ecological Actors Insect Hotel 2pm-8pm 2pm-8pm 2pm-6pm
International Collective of Ecological Actors Where Do We Go From Here? 2pm-8pm 2pm-8pm 2pm-8pm
Teatro Vivo  After The Tempest 7pm-8pm 7pm-8pm
Rachael Henley I Surrender 2pm-8pm 2pm-7pm
Natalie Joelle Gleaning 4pm-5pm
Elaine Pantling The Last Cuppa 4pm-8pm 4pm-8pm
Mendoza Insect Poetry 6pm-7pm 6pm-7pm
Melissa Budasz Danae Open House 2pm - 8pm
Simon and Phil Sprites in Shorts 6pm-8pm
Main Image photo by David Eberts design by Simon Foster

Map showing the 7 minute walk from Forest Hill Rail Station:

Getting To Albion

Two entrances:

 1. Via Clyde Vale and railway path. (Fastest from the station)
2. At the end of Albion Villas Road. SE26 4DB.

Forest Hill Rail Station  
Overground: trains from Highbury and Islington, Crystal Palace, West Croydon
Network Rail: trains from London Bridge, East Croydon, Victoria

Buses 122,176,197. Stop: Thorpewood Avenue.
Limited Free Parking
on surrounding streets. No parking on Albion Villas Road, (single lane road)

Please Note: This is an open air venue, with some rough terrain. Please bring a coat and outdoor shoes. 
TOILETS: at Forest Hill Pools, (2mins walk via railway path).

click here for info on:  Albion Millennium Green

Pupils from Holy Trinity School Plant English Oak in Albion Millennium Green. Photo by Bruno Roubicek


 Above Image  by Beth Stikeman: "Barking"