Tools for Solidarity | RESOLVE Collective
Outdoor Play Commission
This summer The Mosaic Rooms is pleased to invite children, families and all to play and create in our new outdoor play commission by RESOLVE Collective .
Watch this short film about the project by Ashley Alcaide:
There are four ‘tools’ in The Mosaic Rooms garden as part of RESOLVE Collective’s Tools For Solidarity: ‘PRESS!’, ‘CONNECT…’, ‘NURTURE?’, and ‘#COMMUNICATE’. Together, they aim to help explore and question the solidarities that children express in their everyday lives, through tactile play and co-creation. This project is led by our Creative Learning team.
All four ‘tools’ are from recycled materials from previous exhibitions at The Mosaic Rooms and others salvaged from the local area. Each tool responds to moments from a series of workshops led by RESOLVE Collective at Earl’s Court Youth Club in London and with three school groups at the A.M. Qattan Foundation in Ramallah, Palestine. The tools are interactive and you are encouraged to play and work with them to grow the installation. They also each bare their own reciprocal ‘act of solidarity’ in their design process, involving material exchanges with local libraries, returning local ‘weeds’ to the soil, using donated fabrics, and celebrating the ingenuity of young people in Palestine.
Thank you to the brilliant young people who have made this project possible. They are Abdul, Alex, Anna, Benedetta, Isabelle, Kali, Miriam, Ola, Simeon, Sofia (London). And Abeer, Ahmad, Ahmad, Ahmad, Amro, Arwa, Dareen, Dina, Fatima, Hala, Hala, Hala, Hanan, Huda, Ibrahim, Jana, Kaina, Lareen, Layan, Lour, Lubna, Maeiam, Malak, Mariyam, Miriam, Mohammed, Mohammed, Munes, Nadia, Nagham, Noor, Oni, Osama, Ranen, Rayan, Razan, Reemas, Remas, Ritaj, Saja, Saleem, Sara, Sarah, Shahd, Shahed, Shina, Tahreer, Talia, Taym, Tulay, Wijdan, Wood, Yahya, Yaqeen (Ramallah).
These public family workshops will further develop the commission in The Mosaic Rooms’ Garden:
July – Lesson Plan: ‘Yalla Seeding’ by Mohammad Saleh
August – Lesson Plan: ‘You Draw My Hum’ by Nia Fekri
September- Lesson Plan: ‘Carving Other Ways’ by STUART
October – Lesson Plan: ‘My Dream Hoash‘ by Space Black
You can see our other events and projects for children and families here.
THE FOUR TOOLS:
Inspired by the workshops in Palestine with the A.M. Qattan Foundation, Al Mustaqbal School in Ramallah, Al-Fajir Al-Jadeeda School in Kufr Aqab, Al Hilal (The Palestine Red Crescent School for The Deaf) in Ramallah, PRESS! is a DIY interpretation of a pneumatic press with a briquette-making compartment to press three simultaneous bricks out of recycled paper.
Drawing on workshops with the Earl’s Court Youth Club and at the family workshop at The Mosaic Rooms, CONNECT… is a structure made from exhibition vitrines, reconstituted yarn, and strips of old carpet. This tool encourages participants to work together to build three- dimensional structures out of sticks, revealing how reliance and codependence are key factors in design and construction.
Using local ‘weeds’ and a variety of other plants, NURTURE? is made from existing paving stones in the garden, remixed and reconstructed with lime mortar to make a plant bed. The tool has been activated by Shubbak Festival artist Mohammad Saleh, whose work incorporates seed bombs. It exhibits the new terracotta brick sculptures designed and made by young participants from Earl’s Court Youth Club. At the end of its life, the bricks will return to being used as paving slabs in the garden.
This tool exists in two parts. The first is a purpose-built library shelf, made from the surplus materials from The Mosaic Rooms, which has been gifted to the Young People’s Zone (YPZ) of Brompton Library. The second is a filing cabinet which was gifted by Brompton Library which has been remixed with salvaged material to display books that can be borrowed from the installation.
A wider artist ecology will contribute to the project by devising self-led play guides for the Tools for Solidarity installation through public sessions. These ‘lesson plans’ invite partners and participants to reflect on ‘solidarity’ and what this means for them. Traces from these contributions will activate the garden as a site of making and learning for everyone.
RESOLVE Collective is an interdisciplinary design collective that combines architecture, engineering, technology and art to address social challenges. They have delivered numerous projects, workshops, publications, and talks in the UK and across Europe, all of which look toward realising just and equitable visions of change in our built environment. They have developed projects, exhibitions and residencies including at Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin; London Design Festival in Brixton; They recently had a solo exhibition at Barbican’s Curve Gallery and have presented shows at, Wellcome Collection, CCA Brighton, De La Warr Pavilion, S1 Art Space; V&A East.
They have worked critically with several institutions, developing projects, exhibitions, and research residencies across the UK and Europe including Turf Projects, Croydon; Rotterdam; Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig; Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and Future Architecture Platform / LINA, Ljubljana.
They currently have a solo exhibition at Barbican’s Curve Gallery and are the exhibition designers for Wasserbotschaften at the MARKK in Hamburg, Germany, having recently presented shows at CCA Brighton, Wellcome Collection, De La Warr Pavilion, V&A, Design Museum, Crucible Theatre, MK Big Shop, and Yard Art House.
Supported by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Arts Grants Scheme
PHOTO CREDIT: Photos courtesy of RESOLVE Collective, and Tom Arran.