On the production of daily life: the past and future of a neighbourhood is a three-year project designed and delivered by Sol Archer, the first artist invited to participate in Vicinity, Household’s new long-term artist residency programme.
Sol’s project will explore the communities-of-place, time, and the speculative, multiple identities that exist within the Sailortown neighbourhood in Belfast. He will commence On the production of daily life: the past and future of a neighbourhood this March by researching the area’s unique history. Through interviews and a series of collaborative workshops, he will begin to work with intergenerational groups of former and current residents to develop scripts and a new participatory film work.
By working with different groups in Sailortown, we hope to elicit new readings of past, present, and future of the area; archive histories of this evocative place with former residents; and begin a process of imagining alternative futures with the contemporary young occupants of the district.
On the production of daily life: the past and future of a neighbourhood is funded by the Mondriaan Foundation and will be delivered in collaboration with Clanmill Social Housing, DAS (Digital Arts Studios), Newlodge Arts, and The Sailortown Regeneration Group.
Sol Archer lives and works between the Netherlands and the UK. He studied at the Piet Zwart Institute (2013-2015) and was resident at the Jan van Eyck Academie (2016-2017). Recent exhibitions include TULCA, Galway (2016); LODGERS at the MuKHA Antwerp (2015/16); the 19th Sydney Biennial; Cairo Video Festival, Cairo; and Action Field Kodra at the Macedonian Museum of Modern Art (2014)
Vicinity is a series of long-term embedded and socially-engaged artist residencies organised by Household. Vicinity addresses a need for programmes such as this in Belfast, and encourages and supports the production of new participatory public art projects and works that engage in a meaningful way with the city and its people.