It may just be the local weather conditions in Cumbria but I'm getting keen on constructing a mud / earth structure at Rochelle to house the grotto now...
I like the association with primitive times, times when first a couple of people decided to move into a cave to speak in private. The first buildings ever must have been associated with a developing human desire for privacy as much as for shelter from the elements.
I'm liking the thought of the webcast tech embedded in it, and the fact that it can arrive on site and leave again in a wheelbarrow.
Call me a hippie, see if I care.



Hello Everyone

I wanted to update those who'd missed yesterdays meeting very exciting and productive meeting, rather go over the discussion in detail i'm just briefly going to outline the agreement we reach amongst the collective.

The framework and reference for the Urbania broadcast will be the former Prime time BBC show Tomorrow's World, the programme ran for 38 years and through a variety of reports, demonstrations and wacky items looked at developments in science and technology.

We thought it would be good to use the structure and framework this TV format provides. Our aim as a crew is to explore, research, develop, produce and eventually present the content for our very own Tomorrow's world, a 45 minute Futurist magazine show, mixing live and pre-recorded elements, actual or imagined future sounds and visions with a live studio audience, presenters, TV set or who knows

The Collective's aim or mission is to explore future trends in Living, working, behaviour, social dynamics, inter-personal relationships etc, etc. Each member of the collective will be allocated a 5 min slot on the show to develop an item of their own interest that can be manifested by a pre recorded film, an interview or live demonstration etc.

The live/work residency at Rochelle will be provide the opportunity for the group to research and develop their projects for the show on site, like TV production company. There is the opportunity to invite guests, enact items for the show, for example Maki's school idea could be brought to life.

At the end of the meeting those present felt this Framework allows us to live, work and interact as collective while developing a dynamic and interesting online broadcast that reflects both individual and collective, interests and skills while hopefully engaging various audiences.

TW clips
More TW clips


Hi Urbanians

Thanks to everyone who showed up for last nights Marathon meeting at Rochelle, while i don't think we came up with a definitive idea, i felt we did move things forward. Feeling slightly exhausted, I made some very brief notes, as ever feel free to amend, correct etc

I felt there were some overriding issues that we need to tackle and address

1) The purpose/aim/mission of the collective. What do we stand for if anything?

2) The residency and co-habitation of the collective, How is this structured? Rules, continuous presence etc

3) Collective and individual activity, what do we do as a group and individuals?

4) Broadcasting, How do we use the online, TV format of the Agri-Project.

5) Relationship with audiences/viewers, either local Rochelle and Global via web

There have been several strategies that we've looked at over time

A) Using collecting and archiving/recycling as a means of creating dialogue with other groups/individuals. "the Borrowers" or "Wombles"

B) Community service providers, with a mission, providing a platform for others. ie 'The A Team"

C) Parasites:using, responding, subverting and making interventions within and outside the structure of the Agri Project


 A collective task to build a structure, a tower or bridge, together during the broadcast week. We would seek materials via our broadcasts and with the aid of a guest builder construct the structure from donations.

2 items on last night agenda were:

* Feedback from my meeting Adam Sutherland, (Director of Grizedale Arts/Project Curators)
There's a strong sense that no one knows what we're doing, what our output might be and what materials/ facilities we need. Adam is quite keen for us the adopt strategy C) Parasites in relation to rest of the Agri project.
I got an overview of most of the other Agri projects, many of which are completed or in full production.

* Jessica's future role in the project.
Jess and me had a conversation about her difficulties in participating in the process so far and likely problems in the future. We talked about how she might be involved through a proposal to stage a specific "Soup" event as part of a possible schedule of invited/guest events in the broadcast week. At the meeting there was a strong debate and a mixed response, with several people questioning Jess's ability to commit to the project as a whole. Jess has sent an outline of the soup project for the group and a final decision will perhaps depend on the nature of the final project.

Group activity
Last night we explored the idea of creating rules for the group to follow, it was decided that two sets of rules would be created to by followed by the group over 2 saturdays

Rules for the 19th January were written by the individual members responding to previous written rules:
Don't write "I"
Pretend it's Sunday
Only eat purple coloured food
Skip at least 5 times
Learn to play 1 tune on any instrument
Dance in public space

Rules for 26th January were written in secret
Eat 5 new things combined
Eat Lunch alone. Reflect on the notion of a group.
Laugh at people driving red cars.
Pretend its Monday
Ask a stranger if you can stroke their shoulder
Compliment 25 people.

The next meeting has been set for Monday 21st at 5pm to 7pm at Rochelle.

I would like to suggest that for the next meeting we all bring to the table our own project outlines, perhaps with drawings/photos that address points 1 to 5 listed above. Time to lay out cards on the table, what do we really want!

We can then in turn present them to the group. I think it might be easier to make a definitive decision in relation to specific ideas and projects. I feel we have to come out of mondays meeting with clear sense of how the project will develop over the next 9 weeks. It would be nice to move on to the next stage of seeing things realized. This is my view, perhaps a bit dictatorial, but please, please let us know your views.

Love and Best wishes


The movie omits chapter 21 from Anthony Burgess' novel.

We deliberately avoided watching the movie before our visit to Thamesmead. On our return to the more familiar Hackney, we watched Kubrick's movie and recognized places as memories of the afternoon. The horse which saluted us when we arrived and was still there at dusk could have been a possible extra.


On saturday 12th January 2008. Members of the Urbania collective took a day trip to Thamesmead, East London. This 60's housing development was used as a location in Stanley Kubrick's  'A Clockwork Orange'.


We must be we've got a MYSPACE MUSIC page ... Ahhh

Hear what happens on Monday nights


Through my research at the fantastic Tower Hamlets archive (worth a visit just to see what deceased library looks like - you walk through one to get to the loo!) I've been finding out a lot about the history of the 'Jago' (slum that pre-dates the Boundary Estate) and the Circus itself.

The best thing we've found is this list of the residents occupations before the estate was built. Unlikely as this may seem it formed the basis for our 'musical' experimentation this Monday evening (we're currently a 'song' in search of some sort of lyric) and was, I thought, surprisingly successful!

Tower Hamlets Archive



Image no 1
Day 3

Ingrid spoons cream into the buttermaker
Buttermaker in action
Ingrid uses the butterspoon to make a print in some butter
She uses the butterspoon knife to spread butter

Ingrid tests one of Peter's pots
Ingrid introduces herself written and verbal

Image no 2
Day 1

Hofer Frauen (Hofer Ladies) introduce themselves

Rosa is crocheting
Doilies on the table
Paulina then took a doily from under a pot plant
She then started to stitch one onto a bag
White bag then brown bag
Hofer Frauen wrote the name of the product Deckchentasche (Doily Bag)
Hofer Frauen wrote their names

The ladies packed their stuff away using Doily bags


The ladies walked out of hall with their bags

Image no 3
Day 2

Ingrid milking

Image no 4
Day 1

Rosa, Resi and Gabi walk down to see the field where the frogs live, it was a pond before
They talk about their memories of the frogs and how good it would be to have the village pond back, and how they used to play by the pond when the older ladies were young

They introduce themselves verbally
They write their names on paper

Gabi explains the frog story of the village with the illustrations


Hi, for the Live Week we are setting up a reading room where you have the opportunity to read aloud to a captive internet audience. A bit like jackanory but you can read whatever you like, something you have written yourself or a found text.
We have some great people who have already agreed to read but we would like some more of the artists from the project to drop what they're doing and give us a story. Let us know if you are interested in taking part and we will give you more details.....


Despite the agrifash project moving to March my project has not been entirely scuppered: Mr Smythe suggested jettisoning the Christmas theme but keeping the quasi-confessional celebrity/visitor aspect.
My problem now is to design the environment for the live interaction to take place, as I had got very excited by building the Christmas tree grotto.


In 1970 a right wing mainstream US TV station gave its programming over to John Lennon and Yoko Ono for a week. The chain smoking mix of radical politics and mainstream TV, plus shit music and New York post Fluxus material is quite fine. This clip has the couple performing with Chuck Berry and Elephants Memory (the band in the Warhol happening featured in Midnight Cowboy). It’s shit but watch till the middle there is a great moment matched by a great expression on Chuck Berry’s face that will have you watching again.
Adam Sutherland

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I think it's the way she just puts the mic back that really makes it!

I love the straight commentary and commercial break on this one, sadly the actual commercials have been edited out. The clip is famous for the crowd walking image and the peanut butter incident though quite what is special about chucking peanut butter about I don’t know, I mean its not last tango exactly. Legend has it that the peanut butter was supplied by Stiv Bators the proto punk most famous for hanging himself accidentally on stage (he was pronounced dead but was revived - bit run of the mill these days). He died after being run over by a taxi in Paris and checking out of the hospital because he felt unwell.
Adam Sutherland


Norway 2 - England 1 - some stupid football shit from 1981. I remember this being imitated by all the children in the school I was working in at the time. Such passionate hatred, from Norway of all peoples. It almost makes you think Britain still meant something. Great role call of titles, despite the commentators passionate hatred of the British ruling class he gets every title correct.
Adam Sutherland


Theatre of reality
Another magic moment from Kyle’s show. Marcus has a lot to live up to. 
Adam Sutherland


Gospel by a southern soul legend, just hang in there for some weird jacket action towards the end of the clip. Seems O V wore the same suit for both gospel and secular work. O V spent quite a bit of time in prison for drugs related offences, the drugs also destroyed his teeth and nasal passages giving his later recordings a - singing while under the dentist - kind of quality and of course hastening his early death.
Adam Sutherland


David Ike on Wogan revisited 10 years on – now it makes sense, yeah, who’s laughing now? nice mix of original footage of one of Wogan's magic moments, re contextulised by Wogan and Ike.
Adam Sutherland


A very interesting view on 9/11 similar to my own, from day 1 you could see a picture of intrigue emerging,which is still being played today by "people of power" expecting us to believe the propaganda they are preaching,and blaming it it all on religion which is total bulls**t,it was purelya financial exercise that went totally wrong.

we the british public, should sit up and listern

Tommy Mattison 10 time winner of the ugly competition strutts his stuff at the Egremont world Gurning championship, note his ungodly estate agent outriders. Orphee, Belle et La Bete, it’s all soooo Cocteau.
Adam Sutherland


Bobby Rush old school blues funk legend – aged about 70 now.  I particularly like Bobby’s strange Shamanistic dance immediately after the arse has sung.
Adam Sutherland


Michael Jackson in the Wiz  a Motown funded version of the Wizard of OZ – a financial disaster but really some great stuff in it –post apocalyptic utopian vision, check out the final scene, the whole thing is in bits on youtube.
Saint Michael of the crows, that’s Diana Ross in the background, very special, very art. Now we need the Geffen version of Zardoz (art influential sci-fi based on wiZARD of OZ usually cited as Sean Connery’s worst ever film actually along side The Offence it’s his best by a mile both made at the peak of his success with Bond – The Offence was produced by Connery and features him as a peodophile cop – its got commercial bells all over it).
Adam Sutherland


From the Singing Ringing Tree – 1957 but shown on UK Children’s hour through the 1960’s – constantly mentioned by artists of a certain age - see those influences on the 40 - 50 age group. I remember this so well, it wierded me out then and it almost still does. Looking forward to seeing the art output inspired by telly tubbies in 10 years time.
Adam Sutherland


We tried to catch the horsemilker, some users of horsemilkpowder and increased beauty by the horsemilk-cosmetic-line. We saw a lot of horses and not so much of the landscape, it can be very misty in Friesland. Annemarie shot clear footage in the COOPsupermarket, where we also tested the butterspoon.

Cousin Lysbeth (11) was one of our patient models in the horsemilk-cosmetic-line. She could tell the other day at villageschool that redoing handling several times is a models daily life. On her way home Annemarie took horsemilk cosmetics for her relatives as Chrismas gifts. All horses had during Christmas a small break.