Here’s a concept worth getting behind. Wasteland Twinning is a project devoted to protecting and pairing up dead inner-city voids. But, the thing is they’re not dead innercity voids but potentially diverse and vibrant centres, untouched by gentrification and governmental control, which is why the project wants to keep them that way. Hijacking the concept of city-twinning, that sees somewhere like Dull, Perth in Scotland partnering up with Boring, Oregon in the USA (no jokes), Wasteland Twinning aims to “develop an understanding of the potential of these sites through transdisciplinary models of practice”.
As part of their ongoing programme, Wasteland Conversation: Creativity, Regeneration, Gentrification is a discussion between UCL geographer Andrew Harris and artist and researcher Will Scrimshaw as they critically consider the role of ‘creativity’ in urban regeneration. To coincide with the Recreation Ground exhibition launched at One Thoresby St’s Attic on October 19, the focus will also be on who’s included in these schemes at Nottingham Contemporary on October 29.
See the Nottingham Contemporary website for more details. **