Margareta Kern and Jonathan Hoskins Residency

In response to an invitation by Spacex and Guest Curator Claire Louise Staunton, the artists Margareta Kern and Jonathan Hoskins will be visiting the new town of Cranbrook throughout spring 2016.

Kern and Hoskins are interested in critically exploring the new town of Cranbrook as a physical and psychological proposal for a new community, in an historical moment when the role of the state in shaping urban development and providing social housing is being dramatically restructured. The residency is an opportunity to explore the ways in which infrastructure and governance impact upon everyday life, from the collection of rubbish to the laying of the broadband cables, from the design of children’s play areas to organising of public transport, and from cul-de-sacs to the open fields around a town.

The artists will be working towards a proposal for a radio play, exploring a range of experimental narrative structures that allow different voices and ways of understanding space to come to the fore. Their interest in the potential of radio and sound for this residency is a response to the relative absence of physical infrastructure in a town that is still being built, and with a host institution that no longer has a permanent public gallery space.

Margareta Kern is a visual artist and lecturer at Falmouth University, working in photography, video, animation and text. Her research-led practice explores ideologies that shape our political agencies and subjectivities. Kern holds BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College and MA in Visual Anthropology, UCL. Her work has been presented across gallery and educational contexts, including at Tate Modern, The Photographers Gallery, Centre for Possible Studies, Whitechapel Gallery, ICIA University of Bath, Impressions Gallery, INIVA, Shedhalle Zurich, Photomonth Krakow, 54th October Salon Belgrade and many others.

Jonathan Hoskins is a visual artist and writer living in London. He produces performances, texts, publications and events within extended projects that exist within a set of long-term relationships to practically address problems of political efficacy, social organisation, urban change and folklore. He has worked most recently with Bloc Projects, Sheffield; Open School East, London; 38b Projects, London; and The Harris Museum, Preston. He co-runs The Caged Antelope, a flexible space for collective research and investigation in southeast London.