Lecture (Week 5)

This lecture began with an exploration of the reading by Pinter.

Points Raised

  • How do we write our city ?
  • What are the different ways in which a city can be written ?
  • Through walking we can discover our city and rediscover it
  • Pinter presents the idea that ‘Urban Exploration’ can document a city from individual perspectives.

After the discussion of the reading we met to discuss our proposal. After altering a few terms and grammar our feedback was positive. We were asked to make a more clear example of the actual proceedings for the day and the logistics of it.

Below is our proposal;

Site Specific Proposal

We then made the following plan;

  • Participants enter the ‘proud archivist’
  • They are introduced to the project
  • They are given a piece of paper with our four landmarks on and it is explained to them what is expected of them
  • They then have 15mins to walk around the installation look at the maps listen to the sound recording
  • They are then given 1 hour to complete their walk
  • On their return they are asked to fill in their individual sheet with their own maps in whatever form the wish
  • They will then be asked to place the maps on a table to create one large map
  • Finally they will be aske to leave comments in the comment book

After clarifying the logistics of our project we had a discussion about the materials that we would need for our maps.

Bottom Layer

We decided to create a layer that would be a drawing of our chosen area from 1800’s as inspired by the map that we located in the archives. It will also contain 3D models of our chosen Landmarks. The map will take the theme of colours from the colours we most often see on our walks;

  • Black
  • Grey
  • Green
  • Blue

and red from the Hackney coat of arms this to bring the connection of the area closer to the physical element of our project.

Below is the image that we found of the coat of arms;

Hackney Coat of Arms


  • Thick Card
  • Pens
  • Maps (For 3D landmarks)

Top Layer

This layer is to be our sound map made out of acetate that will be suspended above the bottom layer so participants will be able to see the contrast between the past and present in the area.

  • Acetate
  • Acetate pens

We plan to source these material during our next lecture.


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