BRENT BIENNIAL: JOHN ROGERS, KENSAL RISE LIBRARY

Image courtesy of the artist.

Through talking to local residents and asking them to contribute their stories, artist John Rogers has produced an audio-visual portrait of the local area surrounding Kensal Rise Library, drawing on people’s lived experiences and memories.

Rogers uses the methods of psychogeography to present stories that encompass people’s subjective viewpoints and experiences of a place.

The self-guided audio trail can be found on the streets of Kensal Rise and Kensal Green, as well as available online alongside a larger archive of recorded material and interviews gathered through local research.

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John Rogers is an artist, writer, film-maker and author of This Other London – adventures in the overlooked city published by HarperCollins. He directed the feature documentaries The London Perambulator (2009), Make Your Own Damn Art – the world of Bob and Roberta Smith (2012), London Overground (2016) and In the Shadow of the Shard (2018).

He produced and co-presented the popular Resonance FM radio show and podcast on walking, Ventures and Adventures in Topography. He also produces a regular series of walking videos on his YouTube channel.

His films have screened at numerous cinemas and festivals including; South Bank Centre, Curzon Soho, ICA, MoMA PS1, East End Film Festival, London International Documentary Festival, and Close-Up Film Centre and He frequently speaks on the subject of London and walking and has previously appeared on/at The National Gallery, BBC Radio4, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio3.


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