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  • Bats in Space! Jeremy Deller’s bat walks will enable you to listen and see the incredible sounds of bats flying around the Olympic Site, through mobiles, tablets and special microphones.
The map will be constantly updated with sightings from guided bat walks along the Greenway, in East London. By clicking on the tags, you can see information on the bats and hear a sample of their calls.
Take a look at the website to view the spectograms of the bat calls recorded so far and listen to the sounds of bats and insects. All sounds and images provided by Prof. Kate Jones (UCL)
Walks take place from 3-13th July. Tickets: £5 (£3 Concessions). To book  click here.

    Bats in Space! Jeremy Deller’s bat walks will enable you to listen and see the incredible sounds of bats flying around the Olympic Site, through mobiles, tablets and special microphones.

    The map will be constantly updated with sightings from guided bat walks along the Greenway, in East London. By clicking on the tags, you can see information on the bats and hear a sample of their calls.

    Take a look at the website to view the spectograms of the bat calls recorded so far and listen to the sounds of bats and insects. All sounds and images provided by Prof. Kate Jones (UCL)

    Walks take place from 3-13th July. Tickets: £5 (£3 Concessions). To book click here.

    (Source: katybeale)

  • The Secret History of East London documents a shared history of Hackney and beyond, showing glimpses of previous lives, temporary spaces and urban landscapes. So far pinned are Manor Gardens Allotment, now bulldozed and underneath the Olympic Park, warehouse raves across the borough, art installations and pop-up restaurants.
Via Dazed Digital.

    The Secret History of East London documents a shared history of Hackney and beyond, showing glimpses of previous lives, temporary spaces and urban landscapes. So far pinned are Manor Gardens Allotment, now bulldozed and underneath the Olympic Park, warehouse raves across the borough, art installations and pop-up restaurants.

    Via Dazed Digital.

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Illustration by Erica Read
Friends of Homerton Station’s guided walk around local wildflower & food-growing projects. Meet 11am, Sat 17 March 2012. Ends with lunch at 1pm at the Hackney Marshes Orchard.

    Illustration by Erica Read

    Friends of Homerton Station’s guided walk around local wildflower & food-growing projects. Meet 11am, Sat 17 March 2012. Ends with lunch at 1pm at the Hackney Marshes Orchard.

  • katybeale:

    launched in the itunes app store last week. Created with Amblr, the app triggers audio via GPS-location.

    Hackney Hear: London Fields, allows the explorer to discover true stories of local residents, local celebrities and archive, along with new commissions from award-winning artists in the area and includes:
    * Iain Sinclair unravels the layers of history in his beloved local park
    * Performance poet Shane Solanki performs ‘the Lido’ at Hackney’s outdoor swimming pool
    * Photographer Tom Hunter tells tales of the 1980s squatting scene
    * Local residents tell the secrets behind their neighbourhood, from first kisses to gang etiquette

    Shortlisted for TechCon Technical Innovation Award 2011

    Supported by Arts Council England, Hackney Council and the Guardian


  • Folly For a Flyover: a building  trapped under the east and westbound lanes of the A12, hosting a six week programme of waterside  cinema, performance and play.Hand-built with local, reclaimed and donated materials, inspired by the local council estates and red-brick buildings of Hackney  Wick, it poses as an imaginary piece of the area’s past.Launching on 24 June, events include bug hotel building using Olympic Park waste materials, a 30 piece East London  Brass Band performance and a spectacular family party hosted by Disco Loco.On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, the building’s over-sized outdoor  steps will double as an auditorium to host a programme of screenings  and performances, from animation classics including early Disney  through to experimental films including 2001  Space Odessy and Tron (1982) with a live remixed sound track.Folly for a Flyover is conceived, designed and constructed by Assemble  CIC, and programmed with the support of The Barbican Art Gallery’s  summer exhibition, Watch Me Move. Assemble CIC’s last project, The  Cineroleum was a pilot project demonstrating the potential for the wider creative re-use of UK’s 4000 empty petrol stations.

    Folly For a Flyover: a building trapped under the east and westbound lanes of the A12, hosting a six week programme of waterside cinema, performance and play.
    Hand-built with local, reclaimed and donated materials, inspired by the local council estates and red-brick buildings of Hackney Wick, it poses as an imaginary piece of the area’s past.
    Launching on 24 June, events include bug hotel building using Olympic Park waste materials, a 30 piece East London Brass Band performance and a spectacular family party hosted by Disco Loco.
    On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, the building’s over-sized outdoor steps will double as an auditorium to host a programme of screenings and performances, from animation classics including early Disney through to experimental films including 2001 Space Odessy and Tron (1982) with a live remixed sound track.
    Folly for a Flyover is conceived, designed and constructed by Assemble CIC, and programmed with the support of The Barbican Art Gallery’s summer exhibition, Watch Me Move. Assemble CIC’s last project, The Cineroleum was a pilot project demonstrating the potential for the wider creative re-use of UK’s 4000 empty petrol stations.


  • Transition Town Hackney is part of a softly softly movement gaining momentum across the country. It aims to link up local people in the discussion and progression of sustainability and thinking local. The TT Hackney Ning site has a very helpful and complete calendar of upcoming events and workshops around the theme of sustainability.

    Get discussing
    Coming up this week is Hackney Green Drinks - an informal meet-up for to chat, debate and network around others interested in environmental and sustainability issues. Thursday 24 September, 7pm @ The Pembury Tavern, 90 Amhurst Road, E8 1JH

    Give away something to get something
    Clear out you Autumn wardrobe and swap your clothes at a “swishing” event in Ryan’s Bar, Stoke Newington on 4th October, 2-3pm.

    Get listening
    TT Hackney host a free monthly talk at the Arcola Theatre (it’s mission to become the world’s first carbon neutral theatre and also hosts monthly Green Sundays). This month’s talk is from Rowena Ganguli from The London Orchard Project on 19th October, 7-9pm

    Get moving
    Mend that bike at the Hackney Cyclists workshop in time for the rainy weather! Sessions every 2 weeks.




  • If you’re not exiting London for the last of the Summer festivals this weekend, then pop into the pop-up treehouse bar on Brick Lane.

    Monkey Shoulder, the Scotch whisky brand, have created a ‘secret hideaway’ in Ely’s Yard, Truman Brewery for 4 days only.

    Keep yourself amused whilst sipping cockatils by playing Snakes and Ladders and Backgammon. Not your usual type of board game though - the boards and tables have been carved into the wood of reconditioned whisky barrels. Excessive? Nothing is too much for your Monkey Shoulder punter obviously.

    Open 10th Sept, going going gone 13th Sept. 12pm-9pm.
    Truman Brewery. Free entry.

    [thanks to http://www.domesticsluttery.com/ for the tip off]




  • photo credit and some more fantastic photos of the Mill

    Edition 13: Dog walkers, mushroom sandwiches and the Dalston Mill

    Hear early morning stories from the dogs and dogwalkers of London Fields, listen to London Review of Breakfasts editor Malcolm Eggs searching for the top brekkie ingredients at Stoke Newington Farmers Market.

    Plus a review of the Dalston Mill [modelled on land art artist Agnes Denes’ New York “wheat field” work of 1982] which recently hosted music, food [bread made from flour ground from the wheat from the field], art and theatre in a windmill designed by the architects EXYZT, located just off Dalston Lane. The mill has had coverage in The Guardian and is linked to the thought provoking Radical Nature exhibition at the Barbican.



  • Hackney Wicked - the visual and performance art festival in the artist-hub of Hackney Wick - launched last night in a blur of private views, bunting, BBQs, music, and panoramic views of the Olympic site.

    Highlights of the exhibitions and open studios for me were the Nomadic Collections at the Museum of Hackney Wick and Rosie Emerson’s work in the Pea
    nut Factory (she was giving away free peanuts at the private view last night!).

    Today, get local at the village fete (12-10pm) with more traditional games and larks alongside artist stalls, live music, dog racing, raffle, bunting, home-made food. Gavin Turk is making a guest appearance! This evening, I’ll be heading to Incounter at the Counter Café with live performance and video.

    The highlight of Sunday has to be the coracle regatta - a race on the river of small circular boats which look very difficult to steer! Take the easy option and watch with a beer in your hand at Eaton Mission Boat House. There’s also a musical flashmob happening at 2.30pm on Dace Rd and the traditional Burning of the Wicker (or should that be Wicked?) Man at dusk in a secret location (hang out at the Main Yard to get in the know).

    Hackney Citizen have come up trumps and written a comprehensive review here and Saturday’s highlights here. Maps of the area are available online here and paper versions are being given out during the festival.



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