Unearthing Elephant (2015 - 2017)
- Multimedia model of the shopping centre
- Art&Culture Projects Directory (E&C, 1965 - date)
Work-in-progress in response to the demolition and reconstruction of Elephant and Castle’s shopping centre.
Through a process of research, conversation and observation, the aim is to engage with residents, traders and visitors to:
- Explore the everyday practices of the shopping centre, with a focus on informality and adaptation;
- Ask how the shopping centre exists in people’s imaginations and memories;
- Tell the building’s story over time and within the broader context of Elephant and Castle and London;
- Make visible the shopping centre’s value and ask how its successes in nurturing a community-focused, open-access space might be understood and sustained in the new development of Elephant and Castle;
- Discover what kinds of conversations and spaces artistic projects can create at a time and in a place of extreme change.
The work will culminate in a film, combining documentary footage with scripted, imaginative elements and will be exhibited in conjunction with a co-produced model of the shopping centre. A directory of art&cultural projects having taken place in the area will be created and deposited with the Local History Studies and housed on the Cuming Museum website.
This is a collaboration between Eva Sajovic, Sarah Butler and Rebecca Davies, with the support of the Arts Council England.
Preparatory work for the model of the shopping centre
Preparatory work for the interactive model - shop fronts
Study for the film - interview with Luz.
Study for the film - interview with Godson.
Study for the film - interview with Viktoria.