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Thursday, 4 November 2010

Marcus Coates - 'The Elephant Ritual' and 'Vision Quest'

Vision Quest with Ernie, Heygate Estate, Vision Quest 2010, photo by Nick David, courtesy of the artist & Nomad

Vision Quest with Waheed, Southwark Council, Vision Quest 2010 (film still), courtesy of the artist & Nomad

A Ritual for Elephant & Castle band photo, Heygate Estate, photo by Nick David, courtesy of the artist & Nomad

'The vision has been planned out for this area of London

Buildings, transport, homes, shops, parks – a new slate and bright future for the economically deprived area. One of the largest European redevelopment shemes.

A similar development dream defined the area in the 60’s, this led to initial optimism, then a downward spiral of neglect and lack of investment contributed to the area’s economically and social impoverishment.'

'What is different about this vision?

Have the lessons been learned?

What does community need to know to not repeat problems and to ensure future success?

The ritual for elephant & castle seeks to provide insight to this question using an integrated approach of personal contact, social inclusion, individual and collective imagination and entertainment.'

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