The Thames Estuary is an archaic and idiosyncratic landscape, much of which remains marshland. This vulnerable area now awaits the final attack: the expansion of London's urban sprawl (The Thames Gateway Development) as well as the prospect of rising sea levels.
Soundings From The Estuary is an ongoing project that is inspired by the Estuary's industrial, architectural, and maritime traces as well as the present threat to the existing terrain that is both diverse and eccentric. The work incorporates the collecting of sound using ambient and spoken word pieces, photographs and video, to consider the relationship between the aural and the visual.
The artists Frank Watson, Germander Speedwell and Dave Lawrence have produced work that evokes an overlooked and disappearing landscape that is unique if not melancholic, and deserves a second glance if not a sympathetic ear.
As well as this exhibition which will be running for the length of the London Festival of Architecture, other events will include live readings and talks by Germander Speedwell on Saturdays, a Resonance FM show on Tuesday July 1st, and an architectural debate to be held at the Tate Modern on Friday July 11 - speakers to be announced.
Related website: www.soundingsfromtheestuary.com