↑ TEJ BY THE SEA  Location: Venice Lido Year: 2015 Medium: Photography  Walking along the Venice Lido coast, away from the tourist beach, stone groynes project out into the Adriatic Sea. Over the years locals have contributed their own additions to this landscape, allowing the community to re-appropriate and inhabit this place in unique ways.  Built from anything found along the shore and sea such as stone, driftwood and recycled materials, each piece of architecture depicts its own personality and individual design.  Studio Tej created a documentary series of each distinctive piece designed and built by the community for shared use.  Beautiful natural materials, organic approaches to design and inventive building techniques enable each construction to reflect its creators ideology and their island. Initially a photographic study documenting the hand built and individually designed structures (part1), the project has developed a second stage (part 2).  Every two years, at the beginning of the Architecture Biennale in Venice, Studio Tej will revisit this coastal landscape to work with locals to design and build a new structure adding to the existing topography. Part 2 will commence during the preview week of the Architecture Venice Biennale in May 2016 (and every two years after)…
       
     
 ANONYMOUS LETTERS Location: YMCA Central, London Year: 2016 Medium: Sound installation  An audio installation of short, unsigned letters installed as listening stations in the London YMCA Central building. These words of encouragement, of thanks, of support, of doubt, of anger, quietly act as a poetic provocation to invite curiosity around wellbeing.   This rolling loop of mp3 readings was installed at five locations around London YMCA Central during September and October 2016, showcasing a wonderful range of expressions and anonymous human connections.  Written by the general public as well as the members and staff of the YMCA, the letters were recorded on site at and read by a multitude of equally anonymous voices. Comissioned by the  London YMCA ,  Architecture 00  and  The School of Life , this was as part of a series of artworks as part of the Eudaemonia series.
       
     
 ↑ CRISIS KIT Location: Venice Year: 2015 Medium: Public space installation + catalogue  As a response to the 2015 Venice Biennale's theme of the ‘state of things’, Crisis Kit looks at potential catastrophes and object based alleviators with which to prepare before emergency. Predicting these disasters, problems and situations is impossible, highlighting the current disquiet and chaos of our contemporary condition. How can we ever prepare for crisis? The public exhibition acts as a stage in which to project our interpretations of potential disasters that may or may never occur. Radical ruptures through natural, economic, social, cultural, political and emotional landscapes can occur at any time. Crisis Kit is a humorous yet sincere attempt to predict and interpret these impregnable futures.  
       
     
 ↑ FLAMINIO  Location: Flaminio, Rome Year: 2011   Medium: Public space intervention, film, publication and photographs    Flaminio is a suburb of Northern Rome where Studio Tej set out to look at the gap between the Global and Local. Flaminio is home to internationally famous landmarks (such as Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI gallery); yet it’s also a quiet neighbourhood with local businesses and homes. The area is hugely popular with tourists, yet they rarely stray from the iconic sites, ignoring the local aspects. Plus local residents have no relationship to the global institutions. We explored bridging this gap, connecting people to the real Flaminio.   10 cameras were given to 10 locals with the request to document their life in Flaminio, resulting in a collection of local artwork. We introduced the community’s artwork into the MAXXI gallery - putting the local and global side by side. This was followed by pasting the photos onto the trees of the tourist heavy areas; thereby introducing visitors to the people and places of Flaminio. There is a film and book (funded via crowdfunder) to accompany the project.    Portrait images by  Tom Cockram
       
     
 ↑ MITCHAM Location: Mitcham, London Year: 2013 Medium: Painting  Studio Weave & Merton Council commission to paint a 30m stretch of fence to welcome people to Mitcham and direct to the town centre.  Our initial idea centered around the well-used, beautiful allotment that lies on the other side of the fence. Research we did with allotment owners gave us a wealth of knowledge and information that led us to make a seasonal food chart containing as much of this as possible.  The aim being to inspire, direct and brighten the walk to/from Eastfields station.