Painting Connections Exhibition

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CASA staff and students were on hand for the Painting Connections exhibition this weekend as part of the Hackney WickED festival. The Painting Connections exhibition was a pop-up event at Things Fashions, and ran over Hackney WickED weekend, featuring new work from illustrator Natalie Ryde, photographer Ansell Cizic, and installation artist Marie Brenneis, as well as a performance by legendary Hackney Wick band Fear of Fluffing. Hackney WickED features open studio and arts events, showcasing the creative talent of the area, and we were thrilled to be part of the weekend, and to work with such talented artists. Enormous thanks to all involved.

Painting Connections is a research project exploring sharing among artists in Hackney Wick and Fish Island (HWFI), led by CASA, the IGP, the Bartlett Faculty, and the ISR, with Creative Wick and Affordable Wick, and supported by UCL’s Grand Challenges Sustainable Cities small grants scheme, and UCL PACE in partnership with the Forum for Future London.

CASA at the London Transport Museum

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Students from our MRes in Spatial Data Science and Visualisation led a workshop this weekend at the London Transport Museum on “the bus stop of the future” – how data feeds about the immediate area could be brought to life to make the wait at the bus stop a bit less boring – and provide useful information. The two teams were presenting work on their Digital Visualisation module to members of the public and staff of the transport museum throughout the day, with visitors to the museum able to drop in and learn more about how these visualisations are created, how they might be used in the “real world”, and to see the experiments our students carried out along the way. The event is over now, but there will be more about the student work itself at; and students will take part in a lates event at the London Transport Museum on July 28th – come along then to find out more.

Painting Connections Tender

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The Painting Connections project is looking for artists to produce work on the theme of “the sharing economy” for an exhibition in Hackney Wick at the end of July. The works, preferably from artists based in Hackney Wick and Fish Island (HWFI), or with a strong track record of working and collaborating with the HWFI creative community, will respond to research produced by the Painting Connections project on the topic of the Sharing Economy within the area. We expect to award up to three commissions of £500, with work to be delivered and exhibited in July. Applicants should read the full tender document (below, and downloadable here as a pdf) and submit a short application using the pro forma or plain text document. Any queries, and the submission, should be addressed to Martin Zaltz Austwick at

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The National Temperance Hospital: Painting With Light

CASA (in the form of Duncan Hay and me) took a little trip to the National Temperance Hospital (the “NTH” to its friends) on Friday with James Kneale, Carina Schneider, and a small but enthusiastic group who’d volunteered to help us to create a brief history of the hospital and get a chance to see the place while it’s still around.

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Pixelsticking with the MRes


The pixelstick got another outing over reading week, with our MRes students taking to the streets (and, um, a darkened lecture theatre) with their favourite images and visualisations. A couple of students didn’t bring their own, so we gave them the surface of the sun or a bat attack instead.

Our plan is to take the pixelstick out to visualise data – so far we’ve experimented with historical and biographical images, but we’d also like to do what we are good at as a centre, and show off some of the great datavis coming out of CASA and other centres. Watch this space…

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Huge thanks to Anouchka, Frank, Shinichiro, Angelos, Thomas, Sulieman and Luigi for helping to produce these images!

Survey of London – Whitechapel and Oxford Street

The next few months sees me starting collaborations on two new projects with the historians in the Survey of London, a group that, since the time of Victoria, have been tracing the story of London’s built environment. We’ll be working with them to inject our CASA-flavoured approaches into their studies of Whitechapel and Oxford Street.

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