City to Sea Returns to Coney Island, September 2016
City to Sea returned to Coney Island, NY in September 2016 to work with the community at Coney Island Gospel Assembly, beginning a year-long project exploring life in Coney Island. Working with local people, the new project aims to tell stories about the environment, communities living in the neighborhood, and their recovery from Superstorm Sandy through images of architecture, portraiture and landscapes. The visual research started with exploring how walking and beachcombing can be utilised as methods to investigate environmental relationships between city and sea. In addition, peer-research / reviews were conducted, followed by image mapping and storytelling exercises. The workshops will result in a group photography exhibition of projects made by residents inspired by their community, coastline and culture of New York City. The show will take place in New York in 2017 to coincide with the 5th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, with the aim of being screened at the Urban Encounters Conference, at Tate Britain, London 2017.
City to Sea workshops are inspired by Goldsmiths’ 2011 international symposium ‘City to Sea’ that brought together artists, photographers, architects and sociologists in London, UK to present and develop visual projects and urban research exploring how coastal regeneration and planning, tourism, migration, memory, visual archives, architectural heritage and culture can transform social perceptions and geographical links between cities and coastal regions worldwide. Following on from the success of the symposium, and the 'Magnum City to Sea' workshop in Bognor Regis, UK. City to Sea's Rebecca Locke and David Kendall led an intensive three-day workshop at the seaside resort of Coney Island in New York City, USA on 2015 and return with Konstantin Sergeyev in 2016 to work with local people at Coney Island Gospel Assembly. The practitioners will assist participants with the production of new exploratory projects, identify photographic narratives and investigate aesthetic and ethical considerations that surround urban photography practice. Candidates will learn and enhance photo storytelling skills, receive creative mentoring and instruction in editorial photography, and will take part in a program of shooting, reviewing, and editing their photographic stories produced in Coney Island.
City to Sea: Coney Island takes place in association with Goldsmiths, University of London and Urban Encounters: Tate Britain, London. In addition, the curators would like to thank Openvizor, W83 and, Fotosynthesis for collaborating in 2016 and supporting the ongoing City to Sea project.
The City to Sea Project
Since 2010 Rebecca Locke and David Kendall have developed educational and cultural workshops, research, exhibitions and events within the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. They are group members of the Urban Photographers’ Association. Their curatorial activities at Goldsmiths’ include the ‘City to Sea’ symposium and workshops, ‘Photography and the Practice of Walking’ symposium and ‘a here and a there’ exhibition. Locke and Kendall have coordinated a number of events at ‘Urban Photo Fest’ including a City to Sea screening, talk and project presentation at Urban Encounters, Tate Britain, London. In addition, they have 10 years experience teaching and training undergraduate / postgraduate students, academic researchers and creative professionals. Furthermore, they have designed and facilitated arts education outreach programs with young people and adults in New York City, Paris and London. Students have gained places on undergraduate photography, art and digital design courses at art-design colleges and universities including Parsons The New School for Design, Tisch / New York University (NYU), Cornell University, LCC and Central St Martins, University of the Arts London. These projects investigate how visual communication, digital storytelling, self-advocacy and journalism could be utilized to discover, create and question spatial and social awareness of homelessness, sensory disability, housing and health in cities. Collaborative projects combine photography with sensory techniques such as sound, touch and smell to ‘map’ urban, geographical and architectural environments.
City to Sea 2016
City to Sea 2016
City to Sea 2016