Grace Crannis & Émilie Loiseleur
Take A View Now! The Alternate Docklands Showroom
Materials bear witness to the tension and spatial inequality of the built environment. They are signifiers, reflecting how the contemporary landscape is shaped by obvious and invisible power networks of ownership and agency. How can we retrieve and understand the narratives latent in the spaces we inhabit?
The Docklands in East London is a microcosm of such tangled and expansive structural systems. We have extracted evidence of a constantly fluctuating present: mapping the site, excavating data, and investigating sales tactics which reveal the conflicting realities that exist in the area, and question typical notions of value and values.
Playing with forms of representation, we intersect the real and the imagined to present an alternative assemblage of showroom objects which propose new ways of reading spaces. Our aim is for such actions to activate dialogue through different forms of understanding, to build hope for our future cities.