Hopelessness in Hope Square

June 28, 2011

Present Attempt have now spent a couple of days working in Hope Square, their chosen site and first point on the slice. After repeated visits we can ironically say that it is hopeless. There is something definitely tragic about the square. 6 giant ugly white pillars dominate the place where you also find a McDonald, franchises setting up their pop up stalls and marquis to sell commercial products of various kinds. The square, more a place of passage for commuters than a place where people hang out is littered with fast food waste. And then the statue of the Kindertransport in the middle of all this, erected in memory of the refugee children who came to Britain in search of a safe haven. The whole thing is rather paradoxical. This paradox, the gap between the name ‘Hope Square’ and the actual place which is devoid of anything really positive is what is guiding our thinking.

Yesterday we went back to Hope Square to further our investigations through in situ writing and filming. Building a picture of ‘Hope Square’ was always something that interested us and after some time testing things out we settled on writing to reveal and approach the paradox of Hope Square. A textual depiction of Hope Square is what has emerged out of our process, now it remains to be seen how this text will manifest in its final visual form. We have settled on some rules and qualities for the writing that will help shape it further and act as guiding principles. To be continued…

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