Pleasure: A Block Study

A book by CAMP

6.30pm Wednesday 6 November, 2013

Serpentine Gallery, London


CAMP present Pleasure: A Block Study, a publication that comes out of their multi-year residency with the Edgware Road Project. Produced entirely online, via the print tool and website edgwareroad.org, this volume was initiated by the artists, focussing on a very small piece of the city: a few buildings on the Edgware Road in London.

The publication explores a history of 'public pleasures' that arose in the Edgware Road neighbourhood, starting from the 19th Century to the present, documenting social shifts on the street and the surrounding areas.  Arab, Iranian, Irish, Kurdish and other businesses and groups produced a particular history of film, video, music and street life that often clashed with existing legal and proprietary structures. A tumultuous few decades of these struggles form the heart of this book, offering on the one hand, images and narratives of a pleasure filled Dionysian street-life, and on the other tales of bureaucratic containment that limit and regulate various emergences of public life.



Gallery: Pleasure: A Block Study
The Edgware Road Project


CAMP is involved in a 2-year "print-from-web" project, linked to its own investigations of the infrastructures of commerce and pleasure in this part of London. As part of the first "block study", we looked at several buildings and their ownership and use histories, and produced a series of tablemats.

The web-based part of the project resides at http://edgwareroad.org. ( now at Print.with.camp ) This website collects materials from various such "studies", conducted by us and others, which then are collaboratively edited and published in a number of physical forms: volumes, pamphlets and placemats. This is an ongoing project, as part of the Serpentine Gallery's Public Program.



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