The Farringdon Factory is a month long residency, curated by artists Keira Greene and Natasha Cox. For the duration of the residency, myself, along with around 20 other artists, have unlimited access to a huge, disused office space on Farringdon Street. My approach to the residency will be to conduct a series of observations and responses based on different elements of the site. I am interested in the site being a former place of work (office block) for a large number of people, and in comparing the actions taking place within it now, to the possible actions that may have been performed within it previously. I am also interested in the external and structural elements of the site which remain unchanged even during this period of disuse. I will be posting my observations and responses here for the duration of the residency.
Floor 3 - 23/11/13
20 Farringdon Street is a seven story building in the City of London. A structure that has been stripped back to its basic form, it is a soundproofed expansive space with enormous, lengthy rooms which look out over the energy of the passing city. The hum of the building’s past activities echoes in this suspended space-in-waiting. 20 Farringdon Street has six L-shaped floors, identical in dimension and vacuity. Each is a blueprint of the last - like a strip of film waiting to be exposed.
From the 25th November to 19th December, this empty space will become the Farringdon Factory, a seven story open studio complex whereby the curators and resident artists will plan live events, screenings, and installations, performances and talks.
The ground floor will be transformed into a constructed cinema, a space that encourages discursive engagement. The facade is glass fronted, and passers‐by will encounter screenings and events as they filter down through the many levels of the building, and will be invited to become part of the project in this communal and public space. Resident artists, along with invited speakers, will present events that examine methods of research and production linked to both film-making and the temporality of the site. This curated programme will run during the residency and will seek to connect the studio practice upstairs with both visitors and the pedestrians on the street, locating the building itself as a unique site for observation.