REIMAGINE NEWHAM is a new genre of public art with direct engagement with audiences to deal with pressing socio-political issues - and to search for the good and make it matter - all centred around the borough of Newham and expand it in other areas of London.
For this project, curator Nicole Tatschl and creative director Kamila Szymkiewicz have worked together with artists, local students and residents on shaping the project through many conversations and a curated series of community and Augmented Reality workshops delivered in collaboration with Ricebox Studio and University of East London. The project has brought people together to share stories, discuss issues, celebrate the good, exchange ideas and has resulted in blurring boundaries between the unknown “other” and close-by neighbours, therefore creating a collective - a group of individuals - each with a different history, but with similar social and political concerns.
Video promotional and documentation of Reimagine Newham by DE/KONZEPT
Hannah Neckel | Juls Gabs | Madeleine Duflot
Ryan Rasco | Kamila Szymkiewicz | Jack Sirkett | Giorgia Doná Charlotte Lehane | Brenda Christian | Mia Wignall | Uli Ap
Katie Thomas | Ricebox Studio
Creative Director & Producer Kamila Szymkiewicz
Curator Nicole Tatschl
AR hackathon Ricebox Studio
Content Producer Amos Mukombero
Graphic Designer Maximilian Prag
Try some of the works
Augmented reality (AR) is an experience where we enhance parts of the users’ physical world with computer-generated input—ranging from drawing, image, sound to video, and graphics to create changes in the user’s environment. It’s a medium that allows for seeing things differently - to re-imagine, to recreate, to reinterpret imaginatively.
The exhibition showcases artworks that respond to historical realities like Labour's support for new social housing during the leadership of Jeremy Corbin to current crises and issues, ranging from the war in Ukraine and the displacement of many citizens to mental health and lack of professional support for those who struggle - sometimes raising awareness about urgent issues and arguing for change, sometimes trying to generate a reaction and convey a slight explicit message to their public.
Some works in the exhibition take inspiration from the Internet as a utopian place of longing with the visual landscape contemplating the yearning for connection, others from the concept of home with familiar objects and furniture escaping the private sphere. Whether through computer-generated painting or drawing, the artworks tackle the themes of race, gender and sexuality.
Wandering between dreams and reality, Reimagine Newham takes us on a journey and invites us to contemplate the above themes striving to push the conversation further.
Kamila Szymkiewicz x Jack Sirkett
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated exhibition catalogue, designed by Maximilian Prag.
The book provides an overview of the project & showcases all AR artworks made by artists and residents so that every owner of the book can access and experience the exhibition from the comfort of their house.
If you want a catalogue, please email Kamila.
Reimagine Newham Catalogue. Page 72 Juls Gabs
With cultural investment in the borough being amongst the lowest in London, Reimagine Newham aims to make art accessible to a wider and diverse audience through a breakdown of social and geographical boundaries, offering a free exhibition that keeps up with its time and allows for organic encounters. Taking art - in the form of AR - outside of intimidating gallery walls to various public spaces around the borough of Newham and West London, it showcases technological advances in art production and fosters community and inclusivity.
This project is funded by
Westfield East Bank Creative Future Fund
supported by Westfield Stratford City,
Foundation for Future London, Jack Arts, University of East London
and Ricebox Studio
Driven by engagement and co-creation with businesses and communities, the project results in a dynamic Newham’s first public exhibition of AR art that features 12 works made by artists, local students and residents. The exhibition is arranged as a walking tour along the sheltered waters of the Royal Victoria Dock with an exhibition hub at the Good Hotel acting as an effective centre of the project - allowing those without smartphones or access to Instagram to experience the exhibition. Thanks to Jack Arts, the exhibition will be open in West London from 16th May to 25th May 2022.