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An alternative garden party (podcast)

This is the second in a series of podcasts documenting the Creative Roots project in London’s Nine Elms redevelopment area. It covers an alternative garden party that was held in the Savona Estate on Sunday 17 August 2014. The recording opens with artist Lisa Cheung describing how the day went. We then hear from those involved in activities ranging from ice-cream making to spray painting T-shirts. Those present share their ideas for how to make the area more interesting. For more information about Creative Roots visit http://creativeroots.co.

Brainstorming ideas for an urban garden
Brainstorming ideas for an urban garden

Introducing Creative Roots: London’s Nine Elms (podcast)

Introducing Creative Roots: London’s Nine Elms (podcast)

This is the first of a series of podcasts documenting the Creative Roots project in London’s Nine Elms redevelopment area. It features Caryl Davies and Susie Gray from Wandsworth Council and Helen Evans from Covent Garden Market Authority explaining the background to the project.

The Creative Roots artists project aims to start a dialogue with the residents of the estates connected by Thessaly Road in the Nine Elms area of Battersea and explore their ideas for simple and engaging activation of the public realm. It is led by Paul Green of Avant Gardening (http://www.avantgardening.org) and funded by Wandsworth Council and Covent Garden Market Authority. For more information about Creative Roots visit http://creativeroots.co.

Spoken portrait for a retiring Chairman

This short five minute clip contains extracts from the spoken portrait we produced for the London Sinfonietta, as a gift for their retiring Chair, founder of the Groucho Club Tony Mackintosh. The full 30 minute piece features past and present members of the Council, staff and players. Their recollections span key moments in the thirteen years that Tony was Chair and pay tribute to his huge contribution to the achievements of the London Sinfonietta.

We worked closely with the Chief Executive of the London Sinfonietta to map out key dates and events during Tony’s time as Chair, and identify suitable people to speak. The interviews were held at people’s homes and offices, and in one case in the auditorium of the Royal Festival Hall.

We added short excerpts from music performed by the London Sinfonietta with their kind permission. The pieces featured here are from Louis Andriessen’s Very Sharp Trumpet Sonata and Oliver Knussen’s Two Organa, Op. 27 (1994).

Planting a raised bed and making ice-cream: Operation Deep Freeze, June 2014 (podcast)

This is one in a series of podcasts documenting Operation Deep Freeze (www.operationdeepfreeze.com), a Greenwich-based art and food growing project. It was recorded at a workshop at Robert Owen early years centre in Greenwich. Paul Green (www.avantgardening.org) explains the day’s activities. We hear the sounds of staff, volunteers and pupils building a raised bed, digging and watering the soil, planting seedlings and making ice-cream.

Launch of a mobile ice-cream making unit: Operation Deep Freeze, May 2014 (podcast)

Here’s another podcast about Operation Deep Freeze (www.operationdeepfreeze.com), a Greenwich-based art and food growing project. It features artist Lisa Cheung (www.lisacheung.com) talking about the launch of the mobile ice cream making unit in May 2014, and Paul Green (www.avantgardening.org) leading one of the workshops for kids at the Greenwich Pleasaunce.

Field study in Victoria Park, 8 May 2014

Tickertape edited and produced this event recording for ‘Stereochron Island’, an offsite research project by Cathy Haynes as Chisenhale Gallery’s artist in residence in Victoria Park in east London, 2013-14.

Cathy invited conservation ecologist Tony Wileman to lead this field study, exploring how we can tell time by natural processes rather than the mechanical clock. The recording begins with Cathy introducing the event before handing over to Tony.

For more information about this event and the wider project, see Cathy’s Stereochron Island blog: www.stereochron.org. For more about Chisenhale Gallery, see www.chisenhale.org. Tony Wileman is from the London Wildlife Trust. The event took place on Wednesday 8 May 2014.

Spoken portrait for an eightieth birthday

This 17 minute ‘spoken portrait’ of Margareta Holloway was commissioned by her children as an 80th birthday gift. It features nine of Margareta’s closest friends and family recalling different stages in her life, talking about their friendship and wishing her a happy birthday.

We worked closely with Margareta’s son Dan to map out key aspects of her life and identify suitable people to approach to speak. Dan chased down names and dates, gathered phone numbers and emails, and then contacted the interviewees to explain the project. We followed up with them directly to arrange a time to talk and give an idea of the kinds of things to be prepared to cover. We conducted all of the interviews by phone, including long-distance calls to Sweden and South Carolina, USA. The traditional folk songs are performed by one of the interviewees, Dave Houghton, and his group Flash Company.

Dawn walk in Victoria Park, 26 April 2014

Tickertape edited and produced this event recording for ‘Stereochron Island’, an offsite research project by Cathy Haynes as Chisenhale Gallery’s artist in residence in Victoria Park in east London, 2013-14.

Cathy invited ecologist Peter Beckenham to lead this dawn chorus walk and explain how birds tell time and how we can tell time by the birds. The recording begins with Cathy introducing the event, before handing over to Peter who leads us through the dawn chorus.

For more information about this event and the wide project, see Cathy’s Stereochron Island blog: www.stereochron.org. For more about Chisenhale Gallery, see www.chisenhale.org. Peter Beckenham is from the London Wildlife Trust.

Time and weather: local sayings

Tickertape recorded and edited this short feature for ‘Stereochron Island’, an offsite research project by Cathy Haynes as Chisenhale Gallery’s artist in residence in Victoria Park in east London, 2013-14.

The piece presents Cathy’s parents, who are farmers, explaining East Midlands sayings about the weather. It was recorded at their home.

For more information about this and the wider project, see Cathy’s Stereochron Island blog: www.stereochron.org. For more about Chisenhale Gallery, see www.chisenhale.org.

Produced, April 2014

Introducing Operation Deep Freeze: art, growing & ice-cream making


This is the first in a series of audio podcasts documenting Operation Deep Freeze (www.operationdeepfreeze.com), a Greenwich-based art and food growing project. It features artist Lisa Cheung (www.lisacheung.com) and Paul Green (www.avantgardening.org) introducing the project and describing the workshops that took place in February 2014.