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The Serpentine Gallery’s
Edgware Road Project presents RE:ASSEMBLY

An exhibition by sound art collective Ultra-red with students and teachers from The St Marylebone Church of England School in London.

What happens when an international arts collective is placed in an inner city school over a four-year period?

Initiated by the Serpentine Gallery’s Edgware Road Project, Ultra-red were placed in the heart of The St Marylebone Church of England School in 2009. The artists worked with a diverse group of students and teachers across many subject areas.

To develop RE:ASSEMBLY, Ultra-red led students and teachers through sound walks and audio recordings to reflect on current issues. Topics that arose included the relationship between the school and the neighbourhood, questions of state and social citizenship, as well as the contradictory demands society places on young people and their role in developing the future.

Presented at several neighbourhood locations, including the school and the adjacent church, RE:ASSEMBLY presents the findings of these reflections through several mediums, including video installation, live performance, sound projection, and an audio guide created by the students to help visitors discover the local area within the context of the students' understanding and knowledge of the Edgware Road.

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This Orientation

This Orientation, a downloadable audio walk made by Ultra-red in collaboration with Year 11 students, departs from the school's Blandford Street location and situates the students' observations about their education in a broader historical context.

Site A: The St Marylebone Church of England School, 14 Blandford Street, W1U 4AZ

Possible Conversations

Possible Conversations presents the school's head teacher, arts faculty members, students and local activists on nearby rooftops listening to the city and making statements about its future, referencing the angels on the church's cupola.

Site A: The St Marylebone Church of England School, 14 Blandford Street, W1U 4AZ

Songs for Getting Through

At the school’s Marylebone High Street location, Songs for Getting Through displays concrete plaques marked with the lyrics and song titles that help students survive exams and daily pressures in and out of school.

Site B: The St Marylebone Church of Enngland School, 64 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5BA

Lessons

In Lessons, the teachers' own thoughts are inscribed into six framed textiles.

Site B: The St Marylebone Church of Enngland School, 64 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5BA

Mapping the Political Economy of Edgware Road

Mapping the Political Economy of Edgware Road includes composite images and texts created with Year 11 students in response to four areas of the school's neighbourhood.

Site C: St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LT

Hymnal

In Hymnal, religious texts are replaced with the students' analyses of citizenship in the local area and school and then embedded into the fabric of St Marylebone Parish Church.

Site C: St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LT

Songs for Edgware Road

In the church's crypt Songs for Edgware Road, presents five students interpreting songs from Hymnal through choreography developed with the late Gill Clarke and projected at life scale.

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Ultra-red
RE:ASSEMBLY
18-21 April 1-6 pm

How to get here

RE:ASSEMBLY is a Serpentine Gallery off-site exhibition taking place at three venues:

Site A

The St Marylebone Church of England School, 14 Blandford Street, W1U 4AZ

Site B

The St Marylebone Church of England School, 64 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5BA

Site C

St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LT

We recommend starting from Site A and following the Audio Guide and Map provided.

Alternatively, each site can be visited independently and in any order.

Nearest Underground stations

Baker Street, Regent's Park, Bond Street

Main bus routes

13, 18, 27, 30, 139, 205, 453

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If you'd like further help planning your visit please email.

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Ultra-red

Founded in 1994, the Ultra-red collective includes artists, researchers and organisers from a range of social movements, including anti-racism, participatory community development and the politics of HIV/AIDS. The group has produced radio broadcasts, performances, recordings, installations, texts and public space actions.

With ten members working in North America and Europe, Ultra-red pursues a dynamic exchange between art and political organising. Ultra-red use sound-based research to directly engage political struggle, exploring acoustic space as enunciative of social relations. Their recent explorations, undertaken as the School of Echoes, have shifted the group's work from composing sound to composing listening, inviting groups to listen to and record what is already there and respond to the question, What did you hear?.

Our work has been to identify how the conditions of citizenship are materialised in the everyday and then to work together to identify new citizenships, ones we make by questioning the power in established forms. Our process is simple. Together, we listen to each other, the school, the city. We ask what we have heard, organise our responses and reflect on what have we learned. Then we compose the reality we have analysed into songs for new collectivities.

— Ultra-red

www.ultrared.org

The St Marylebone Church of England School

The St Marylebone Church of England School, founded in 1791, is a successful, multi-faith comprehensive school for girls aged from eleven to eighteen. It is among the country's first 100 National Teaching Schools and cites the presence of the performing arts throughout its curriculum as central to its resurgence and a key driver for its achievements.

The school places a high premium on arts education. Since 2009 teachers and students in Art, Geography, History, Performing Arts and Citizenship have been working with artists and activists from the collective Ultra-red to develop a cross-subject, socially-motivated arts curriculum. Led by teachers and students from the School, this roundtable will develop this curriculum.

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Listen to This Orientation

This Orientation is an audio guide created by the students of The St. Marylebone Church of England School with Ultra-red.

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1 – The St. Marylebone Church of England School



The St. Marylebone Church of England School
14 Blandford Street, W1U 4AZ

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2 – Tyburn



Tyburn, Lethewards has sunk
Tile mural behind Waitrose

Cramer Street, W1U 4EY

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3 – The Grotto Ragged and Industrial Schools



The Grotto Ragged and Industrial Schools
Grotto Passage via Garbutt Place, W1U 7JX

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4 – Junction of Baker St. and Paddington St.



Junction of Baker Street and Paddington Street
W1U 6AX, leading to Marylebone Road

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5 – The Lost Property Office



The Lost Property Office
200 Baker Street, NW1 5RZ

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6 – The Globe pub



The Globe pub
43 Marylebone Road, NW1 5JY

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7 – Madame Tussauds



The Stardome at Madame Tussauds
Marylebone Road, NW1 5LR

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8 – University of Westminster



The steps of University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS

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9 – The St. Marylebone Parish Church Gardens



The St. Marylebone Parish Church Gardens
17 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LT

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10 – The St. Marylebone Church of England School



The St. Marylebone Church of England School
64 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5BA

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11 – Wall map



Wall map
Between 42 and 43 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5HE

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12 – The St. Marylebone Church of England School



The St. Marylebone Church of England School
14 Blandford Street, W1U 4AZ

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RE:ASSEMBLY from Serpentine Gallery on Vimeo.

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Exhibition Venues and Audio Guide Sites

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The St. Marylebone Church of England School

14 Blandford Street, London W1U 4AZ

18 – 21 April 2013, 1 – 6 pm

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The St. Marylebone Church of England School

64 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 5BA

18 – 21 April 2013, 1 – 6 pm

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The St. Marylebone Parish Church

17 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LT

18 – 21 April 2013, 1 – 6 pm

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RE:ASSEMBLY is curated by Janna Graham, Serpentine Gallery Projects Curator, and Amal Khalaf, Serpentine Gallery Projects Assistant Curator.

Ultra-red's residency on the Edgware Road Project was commissioned by Sally Tallant, Artistic Director Liverpool Biennial (former Head of Programmes, Serpentine Gallery), in collaboration with The St Marylebone Church of England School and Raven Row.

The Edgware Road Project is a Serpentine Gallery Project undertaken in collaboration with Ashkal Alwan: The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Beirut and Townhouse Gallery, Cairo.

RE:ASSEMBLY was produced by Ultra-red members Chris Jones, Dont Rhine and Robert Sember.

Ultra-red collaborators

Dahlia Abbassy, Sophia Abbassy, Merna Abbas Abdoun, Nora Abdoun-Mohammed, Tanisha Abdul-Rahman, Seebal Aboudounya, Ragaa Adam, Sumaiya Ahmed, Sarah Akapelwa, Sara Al Anzy, Gabriella Alberti, Nelly Alfandari, Sajad Al Hairy, Mariam Ali, Hanan Ali Omer Abubaker, Asal-Bonu Allaberganova, Reem Al-Rammahi, Noor Al-Tememi, Chei Amiss-Clarke, Sarah-Jane Angel, Nicole Antonio, Bronwen Rose Anwyl, Zahara Arran, Oluwatomilola Awosika, Sophie Barrett, Fatha Begum, Christina Belous-Pasichnyi, Diana Beltekian, Georgina Benn-O'Leary, Khrystyna Berezovska, Melody Berkery-Sithole, Nayeema Binth Abdul Haye, Ashley Blissett-Jones, Bianca Boldeau, Andy Bowden, Bevis Bowden, Zoran Braconov, Polly Brannan, Naomi Brown, Lucy Buckerfield, Isabella Busoni-Conway, Verena Alexandra Camesasca, Ava Caradonna, Vicky Cerdeño, Lydia Charles, Tajmila Chowdhury, Gill Clarke, Clara Collingwood, Leanne Commins, Adam Connor, Sophie Cornelius, Mary Coulson, Louisa Grace Courtenay-Pinfield, Magdalene Crabbe, Imogen Crane, Georgina Crowley, Stephanie Cubbin, Keisha Cudjoe, Jade Day, Charlie Dark, Hazel Deger, Khadine Dennis, Alice Dermody-Palmer, Isabella Di Stefano, Zoe Dimoldenberg, Sara Djadi, Hannah Drew, Donika Dumani, Alexandra Donofrio, Florence Eckersley, Alberto Einstein, Judy El-Hajjar, Faiza El-Jabbi, Sunday Ellis, Noir El Noor, Georgia El-Nour, Ayantu Eratu, Revd Canon Stephen Evans, Simeon Featherstone, Anna Fletcher, Isabel Fletcher, Sadie Fletcher, Sofia Fontana-Giusti, Imogen Foster, Carolina Galvao, Elizabeth Gater, Sonia George, Lindsay Gillham, Natasha Gillingham, Danny Gilzene, Kitty Glavin, Nadiya Gonsalves, Rebecca Gottshalk Mussington, Hannah Gouldstone, Sumara Goumain-Thorpe, Audra Graham, Flora Grant, Levine Grant, Jessica Hagan, Marla Hamed, Jehan Hamze, Imogen Harris, Marnie Harris-Hatschek, Francesca Hawkes, Tiyah Nina Hernandez Pierrepont, India Hill, Olivia Hinds, Fay Hooper, Borita Hor, Jon Hunter, Shahad Ismail, Mai Ito, John James, Jade John, Liz Jones, Peter Jordan, Le'reyce Josephs, Ali Kamara, Tina Kandelaki, Renna Kassir, Saba Kebede, Lara Kester, Jakia Khan, Romana Khan, Ashley Khor, Nellie Khossousi, Sara Killeen, Daniel Kim, Maja Kozlowska, Kokoma Kwaku, Stasa Lalovic, Paige Lockwood, Robbie Lockwood, Revd Jide Macaulay, Sacha Marson, Howard Matthew, Jenny Maxwell, Rhianne McFarlane, Ella McKenzie, Ella McNulty, Birte Meyer, Kate Miller, Reika Miller, Katalin Milnes, Dania Mohamed, Iman Mohd Hadzhalie, Molly Monroe, Helena Moock, Chloe Moore, Grace Moynihan, Gedear Muhammad, Dalin Murad, Hoda Nafee, Ruby Nightingale, Tinashe Nyagumbo, Nancy O'Flynn, Risa Ogura, Isabella Partridge, Elle Pearman, Zoe Peltier, Elizabeth Phillips, Katie Pierce, Poppy Pippin, Zara Preston, Ceinwen Pryce, Samiha Rahman, Sam Rami, Orla Rea, Sayeeda Reema, Fiza Rehman, Isotta Reichenbach, Nishath Rob, Mari Robakidze, Matthew Roberts, Maya Robinson-Nugent, Wafa Sabbah, Noor Sahan, Victoria Sampson, Alexandra Sarpe, Lola Seaton, Toyi See Toh, Sara Semic, Imogen Sewell Risley, Maisha Shahid, Annie Shambler, Nancy Sheppard, Suzanne Ellis Slack, Gabriela Solomon, St Marylebone Young Voices, Saloni Sundargi, Joo Eyun Sung, Melanie Tang, Zoe Tankard, Amber Thompson, Ashleigh Thompson, Uptown Embroidery, Sylvia Velasquez, Anna Vlassova-Longworth, Dora Wade, Kezia Webborn, Megan Welch, Tom White, Riah Wilkinson, Lily Woolcock, Serena Yagoub, Samia Zhaibet