Honey Jones-Hughes, 'W1555: Conversations with an Accidental Community', 2020, film stills
Honey Jones-Hughes initiated a series of conversations during a period of renovation, where her home and the homes of her neighbours are being rebuilt as part of a large-scale project by Woonstad Rotterdam. The film explores the histories of these houses, the resistance and resilience of its residents, and the hopes for the future of this community in a state of flux. Together they think through what it means to live together, how to work together, and about the preservation of social housing within the ever-changing city.
The film is also on view for two weeks via TENT’s Online Cinema.
Homes for People Not Profit
RCH#19: Homes for People Not Profit asks: How do we want to live? What are alternatives to dominant forms of ownership and market-driven housing policy at a time when space is increasingly scarce and expensive, and citizens are being pushed out of their homes? ‘W1555′ offers not only a portrait of a self-organised housing association in the making, but shows in an intimate and personal way what the significance is of a shared sense of home.
Also during this RCH#19 events weekend
Guest presentations by Arie Lengkeek and Bureau Viertel on Sunday 19 September.
And the launch of the first podcasts based on the radio reports FGA has been broadcasting via RADIO WORM Open City Live since last February.
Fucking Good Art
RCH#19 is compiled by Rotterdam-based collective Fucking Good Art, whose editorial projects revolve around oral histories, counterculture, self-organisation and Do It Together. The project ties in with their long-term research into the possibilities and impossibilities of co-operative and self-organised forms of housing. Previous research into the Swiss tradition of housing cooperatives inspired their current investigations into the housing crisis and forms of resistance in their home city, Rotterdam.
Honey Jones-Hughes is a Welsh artist, based in Rotterdam since her studies at the Piet Zwart Institute. Working with a mixture of documentary video, conversations, workshops, and text, she explores place-making, in thinking through where we live, and how we live. Current research investigates the ways in which contemporary cities—particularly Rotterdam—produce subjectivity through forces of privatisation, management and gentrification, and explores the implication of artists in these processes.