Riverside solidarity

Parry, B and Ivett, L (2017) Riverside solidarity. In: Architects Journal Small Projects Exhibition, Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios, London, UK, 29 March - 6 April 2017.

Item Type: Exhibition
Creators: Parry, B and Ivett, L
Abstract: A methodology for creating temporary places of sanctuary within contested ship building communities. Our work delivered two temporary interventions intended as a tool to analyse, register and document the contested post-industrial condition of the Govan and Gdansk shipyards. The first installation was built on the derelict Govan Graving Docks using 9cm thick rope that we found on the site. The installation was used as a tool to document how the site is occupied informally by a range of actors; local young people who use the site as an informal playground, photographers and a refugee integration group. All these groups assisted us in the building of the structure in a variety of ways. The finished piece provided two unique places to sit and engage with the landscape; one seat facing symbols of Govan's past and one seat facing symbols of Govan's future. After completion of the artefact we continued to engage with the young people who had assisted and then adopted the structure. They revealed that having exhausted their interest in the structure that they would set fire to it. This seemed to be an appropriate way to terminate this stage of the project and agreed that the decision was theirs to make. The opportunity to make a parallel project in Gdansk allowed us to test this mode of architecture as a tool for registering a place and researching its condition. Over four days in Gdansk, we recreated the form and method of the intervention delivered in Govan; identifying old shipping rope in the possession of an artist collective that occupied a former bakery within the shipyards. We then worked collaboratively to create a place of shelter and enclosure that referenced the three current modes of re-occupation of post-industrial space in Gdansk; artists occupation of vacant property, the state sponsored construction of large cultural institutions and the development of new private housing for profit. This work utilises very simple methodologies of construction, timber frames constructed in-situ and then then wrapped with found rope attached secured with cable ties.
Official URL: https://www.ajbuildingslibrary.co.uk/projects/disp...
Date: 1 March 2017
Event Location: Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios, London, UK
Number of Pieces: 1
Medium: shipping rope

The architect for this project was from Baxendale Studio and the artist/designer was Ben Parry. This project was the result of a creative residency commissioned by Fablevision.

The site-specific art was temporarily installed in Glasgow, UK and Gdansk, Poland.

Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2023 14:41
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2023 14:44
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