The experimental architectural collective Exyzt has created The Dalston Mill, turning a disused railway line and waste ground in Dalston into a vibrant rural retreat for the people of the area and beyond. Part of Radical Nature - Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969-2009
Barbican Takes Radical Nature to Hackney
Part of Barbican Art Gallery’s current exhibition Radical Nature – Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969–2009, the experimental architectural collective EXYZT has created The Dalston Mill, turning a disused railway line and waste ground in Dalston into a vibrant rural retreat for the people of the area and beyond.
The fully-functioning, 16 metre mill is accompanied by a 20 metre long wheat field, a restaging of environmental artist Agnes Denes' original 1982 pioneering piece.
Come and participate in one of the events or workshops, from theatre performances and bread-making to pedal-powered music and tea-time talks with artists.
DALSTON MILL EVENTS
Events are free and open to all unless otherwise stated
Capacity is limited to 20– 30, on a first come basis
Thu 16–Sat 18 July / 7pm and 8pm
Arcola Academy present: Kontakt
A series of one to one performances between 12 young actors and 12 audience members, Kontakt presents a unique opportunity to have an encounter with someone you’ve never met beforeand will never meet again. Tickets £5 available from the Arcola Theatre box office on 020 7503 1646.
Sat 18 July / 3pm
The Dalston Slice – Bread Currency
Come along and bake local currency made of bread, which you can spend only in a small selection of local restaurants, cafes, cinemas and theatres in Dalston. Join artisan baker Dan Lepard and the Collaborator’s Guide collective for this unique local event.
Sun 19–Fri 24 July / 3–8pm
A series of Urban Psychoanalysis sessions, using a Talking Mill, by the emergency urban psychoanalysis commando unit, UPIA. This investigation into the urban unconscious of Dalston will be the first step in an extensive analysis of the city of London.
Sun 19 July / 3–4.30pm
Feral Trade Tea Service
A talk and tea afternoon with Kate Rich featuring delights such as hand-traded tea from Bangladesh and sweets from Montenegro, accompanied by a travel report tracking these products from their source.
Sun 19 July / 5–10pm
Pedal-powered music performance by Barbora Patkova. Bring your own iPod to eco-share your favourite tunes.
Mon 20 July / 7pm
Elioth + Encore Heureux
Presentation by the Paris-based engineers and architectural collective who devised Wind-it, a project in which vertical wind generators are used in place of large horizontal windmills. Wind-it presents two solutions: either grafting the generators on to the electrical network or setting up new electricity pylons integrated with a renewable production unit.
Thu 23 July / 2–5pm
Gahu Dramatic Arts
Dalston-based artists, Gahu, in association with the Trinity Centre Summer School and Tenants of the nearby Rhodes Estate, will use the Dalston Mill to create delicious African dishes followed by performances of African dancing, drumming, acrobatics and fire eating.
Fri 24 July / 9pm
Dalton Talking presentation
A lecture about London’s unconscious based on the results of recent sessions at The Dalston Mill by UPIA, the emergency urban psychoanalysis commando unit.
Tue 28–Thu 30 July and Mon 3–Wed 5 August / 2–5pm
Hackney Young Carers workshop
A series of creative workshops and events with members of Hackney Young Carers investigating issues surrounding sustainability, the natural world and the Radical Nature exhibition at Barbican Art Gallery. The event is closed to the general public.
Sat 1 August / 3pm
Full Dinner Design
Participants in this workshop by Alexander Brenner (www.aalex.info) will be able to design everything from the cutlery to the baking trays which will then be used at a dinner cooked and served that evening.
Sun 2 August / 3–5pm
Cake Decorating workshop
Jagdish Patel from the shop 'Party Party' on Ridley Road will lead a cake decoration masterclass. Participants need to bring their own cake.
Sun 2 August / 6.30pm
EXYZT in Conversation
Nicolas Henninger (EXYZT) and architect/artist Celine Condorelli will discuss 'pirate architecture' as the practice of occupying a site, and how the inhabitation of space is a response to existing conditions.
Thu 6 August / 5pm
Value what's there, nurture the possible, define what's missing. What is the role of public space in Dalston’s cultural life? An evening of celebration and debate.
Part of Radical Nature - Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969-2009
19 June 2009 - 18 October 2009
Barbican Art Gallery
The Dalston Mill
Entrance by the Peace Mural on Dalston Lane, between Ashwin Street and Hartwell Street, E8
Bus: 30, 38, 56, 67, 76, 149, 236, 242, 243, 277
Rail: Dalston Kingsland
Time: Open daily 2–10pm
Bar opening times 7–10pm, Thu–Sun