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Bare Dust

Illingworth, Shona (2000) Bare Dust. SPACE, London and Hackney Wick Public Art Projects Film (7 minutes). (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:45526)

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The film Bare Dust (7 minutes) was made with a group of adolescent boys living on the Trowbridge housing estate in East London. The film explores the minial spaces of the city, the spaces bewteen demolition and building, childhood and adulthood, dreams and reality, utopian ideals and commercial enterprise. The estate was built during the 1960’s when a utopian vision for new social housing was seen as an answer to poverty and social inequality in the area. The large blocks of flats where the boys once lived have been pulled down to make way for a new corporate social vision for social housing. In this period of transition the boys play football on the ghost like imprints of the abandoned foundations of the tower bocks where they once lived. The group of adolescent boys are filmed playing football over these abandoned foundations. The camera frames their feet as they criss cross these surfaces, never seeming to touch the ground. Their fragmented voices surface from a low, heavy sound, talking of rootlessness, vulnerability and violence. Images of the enormous weight of the tower blocks repeatedly interrupt the flow of the boy’s footwork as the buildings are blown up and collapse heavily to the ground.

Item Type: Visual media
Additional information: Bare Dust was screened in an outdoor screening event on Trowbridge Estate in 2000, it was exhibited at the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), London 2000, National Gallery, Prishtina, 2004 and Hackney Museum in 2008. It has been the focus for chapters in: Illingworth, S, Bare Dust (2005), in Magic Moments, collaboration between artists and young people, Harding, A., (Ed): Black Dog, London and McMenemy, L., (Ed) (2003), Hackney Wick Public Art Programme - featuring ‘Bare Dust’, the Learning Trust, publisher, London, and was a case study in Knight, L. (2010), Why a Child Needs a Critical Eye, and Why the Art Classroom is Central in Developing it, International Journal of Art & Design Education, Volume 29, Issue 3, pages 236–243.
Subjects: N Visual Arts > N Visual arts (General). For photography, see TR
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Funders: Arts Council England (
London Borough of Hackney (
Depositing User: Shona Illingworth
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 15:49 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 10:40 UTC
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