King’s Cross Late Autumn Walk

An Invitation to King’s Cross Late Autumn Walk

Kate Corder invites you to take part in a late autumn King’s Cross Walk
at 14:00 on Wednesday 30th November 2016

Using Apple’s Maps app and Google Maps one can observe that satellite images of King’s Cross (London) are yet to be updated to a current view. The map images show an area in early stages of renovation where extended sites are experiencing bulldozing and deconstruction before reconstruction and manipulation by corporate powers takes place. In a transformation process teams of workers are deployed transplanting materials gleaned from other sites to assemble and create other visions. The satellite map images are historic in their observation, because the built environment changes through human labour on an everyday basis. The darkness of dereliction alters. Sites are conjured, as if by magic, in to regenerative usefulness. This new usefulness seeks to cloud memories of dance raves in warehouses of a bygone era, but memories linger as unseen and are sensed. 

The fabricated aggregation of the site diminishes as accumulated materials settle. When we are in the site everyday life surrounds us with presence and the archival map images are seen on device screens for us to compare with the here and now. 

We will meet at the big Oak Tree on King’s Boulevard at 14:00. The Oak was uprooted and travelled from Germany to be replanted here. At 14:15 (allowing for latecomers) we will stroll up the Boulevard observing its stuck down river of gravel*. We will walk down Goods Way observing the Plant Wall and on up to Camley Street Natural Park**. From here we will walk to St Pancras Gardens and observe the Old Church situated in the grounds and the back of St Pancras Hospital. Then we will walk up Camley Street, across the canal to the Regent’s Canal Towpath and walk to King’s Cross Coal Sheds***, and then on to the Lewis Cubitt Park beyond observing all the while materials used to construct the place. The Walk returns, finishing back at the Granary Building at approximately 16:30. 

*The gravel is an aggregate material possibly mined by London Concrete at Sipson (a village experiencing hostility through on-going threats of Heathrow Airport expansion). During glacial melt deep layers of gravels were deposited on riverbeds in the Heathrow region. Over a large flat area the rivers silt accumulated above the gravel producing fertile soil, which has been used by humans for agricultural land and airline travel amongst other things. 

**Camley Street Natural Park is a community garden existing since 1984 and run by London Wildlife Trust. The Park is an inspiration for the plants used in King’s Cross renovation. 

***The Coal Sheds are currently being converted in to a shopping arcade.

Mediating Environments

sensingsite collaborator John Wild will present his latest investigation of the invisible geographies of electromagnetic communications as part of the Mediating Environments exhibition at Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast.

Mediating Environments 

The world beyond the confines of our body is intimately connected to our actions – as much cultural artefact as something wild and other, ‘out there’ – nature and techne vitally expressed through our lives and creations. We continually feed into and are moulded by an interminable flux of co-creative relationships and cycles, reflexive actors who fall in and out of sync with innumerable collectives and circumstances. How we perceive these complex ecologies and the meanings we derive from what we do within them, frames our worldview, subtly affecting how we are subsumed by social fields and evolutionary flows. In this time of accelerating change and spiritual transformation can we come to terms with our uncertain predicament? How to navigate the indescribable, manifold environments in which we are embedded? 

Matthew Bourree | Paula Deji | John Wild 

Opens Thursday 3rd November 6-9pm with a live performance by John Wild at 7.30pm. 

Exhibition continues until Wednesday 23 November
Catalyst Arts Gallery
5 College Court
Belfast BT1 6BS 

The Network :: ‘Network: is a plurality of (organic and artificial) beings, of humans and machines who perform common actions thanks to procedures that make possible their interconnection and interoperation’? (Berardi, 2011) 

The network has become central to our experience of the world, its tentacles reaching into every area of life. Linking together machine to machine, people to machines and people to people through giant invisible networks of information; a technical infrastructure of cables that feeds an invisible infrastructure of wireless signals. 

As part of the mediating environments exhibition John Wild (CODEDGEOMETRY.NET) will be transforming the gallery space into a dysfunctional network of devices, creating an invisible geography of wireless communications, as devices try and fail to establish contact, calling out to each other through unanswered electromagnetic signals. 

This network of electromagnetic communications will be made knowable to visitors to the show through a hand held receiver that makes the invisible geography audible.

On the opening night John Wild will carry out a live electromagnetic audio drift of the gallery. Making use of electromagnetic induction coils and a broad spectrum RF receiver he will allow himself to be guided by the intensities, textures, and ambiances of the site’s electromagnetic transmissions, materialising the invisible architecture of the ‘The Network’.