This week, we welcome Kandice Holmes as our new Artist in residence. During her month-long time in Grow's Eco-Pod (designed by local sustainable architects, Studio Bark), she will be developing Common Unity, a new self-educating art + sustainability platform, exploring how art can shape alternative living, the commons + sustainable systems for communities to thrive. The longterm aim is to help sustainable solutions to Societies issues become more mainstream - “taking off the Capitalist straight-jacket to co-create a 'tangible utopia'!” @CUspace
During the month, Kandice intends to test the limits of the space asking “What Can The Pod Become?” It’s primary use will be as a classroom for research on subjects from Permaculture, Socially engaged Art, gift Economy to Sociocracy Governance, while developing her own art practices in photography, music, writing and live art, culminating in curating COMMUNE, a new festival concept that adapts to serve a community’s specific needs, through knowledge sharing + art, which aim's to create spaces for us to truly see each other and be a tool for living closer in harmony with man, animal + land.
Her residency starts with an OPEN CALL, inviting local collaborators to experiment with a variety of uses for the space, as in her own words “give a human being 4 walls and the potential to grow is limitless”…
WHAT CAN THE POD BECOME?
- Performance Venue
- Art Gallery
- Indoor Garden
- Music studio
- Dark room
- Community Library
- + more.
So far Common Unity’s experimental approach has seen her immerse in research by living with a sustainable community in California’s Mojave Desert, while future travels will take her to both Forests and Islands, from communes to eco-villages, gathering innovative insights to share on the platform as open source information for anyone keen to “Rip it up + start again”! The CU journey is documented in photography + folk songs, available for communities to raise resources for their needs.
As one of the founding members of ‘Save Hackney Wick’ campaign alongside neighbours in 2016, Common Unity soon evolved as a creative response to gentrification and displacement of communities across London. In the 2 years since, until now she had made the choice to remain houseless in order to prepare for the research project "I used my privilege as a ‘housed person’ to live in various temporary situations while owning very little, which gave me an insight into true value amidst our hyper consumerist society, realising that through minimal, sustainable living surrounded by nature, everyone has the potential to live in abundance”.
This experimentation with space co-insides with with ‘The AirDraft’ at Grow on August 12th, a new innovative purpose-built inflatable venue on a former industrial barge designed by Thomas Randall-Page and Benedetta Rogers, where Kandice’s music project ‘Bells’ will perform and after will host Grow's Sunday Sustainability Social (7-10pm) Check here for all Common Unity events.
Contact: Kandice Holmes
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” - R. Buckminster Fuller
Studio Bark's ‘U-Build’ eco-pod is designed to make the process of building more accessible and affordable, using a modular system suitable for the circular economy, where all parts are fully adaptable, ecological and recyclable with potential to create your own furniture, buildings, community + offer solutions where people build and inhabit a space of their own.
Grow exists for music, art, food, conversation, community and a space where everyone is welcome. Run as an experiment in ethical and sustainable business, Grow works in partnership with local artists, musicians and community groups, while asking: Is it possible to be a financially sustainable enterprise while:
- Using eco-electricty; eco cleaning and recycled products
- Sourcing locally and sustainably wherever possible
- Working in partnership with independent and ethical enterprises wherever possible
- Using organic and fairtrade wherever possible.
- Offering free entry events wherever possible to share music, art and community workshops