Oh no! Everywhere I turn in the archive, I'm haunted by the spectre of Notting Hill - the 1999 movie with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. A smash hit rom-com from the last century that still casts a gentrified shadow over North Kensington. I felt compelled to shout from the town hall rooftops that this is wrong or at least needs a corrective. I may be seeking solace in mythic, possibly antediluvian texts, but why is there no archive record of Leo The Last . Well, there is now courtesy of a creative slight of hand.
White walled and well lit, a room where a colour marks time.
The other carpeted with books, papers and photos that yield to the touch.
The private and the public as one.
What is this leviathan, this eco-horror of blood lust and power?
What is this Euro-vision of 1960s planning replete with Biba and coffee shops?
Moby Dick and the Lancaster West Estate.
Real and imagined.
Complex texts and spaces for the making of art.
Fourth report on Lancaster Road West Area 2. Clifford Wearden and Associates, 1964. Unknown artist. Kindly reproduced by RBKC Local Studies and Archives.
Lancaster West Estate will feature in a forthcoming short film, Vision of Paradise. This was made during my V&A Museum Community Artist residency and will be shown at the Portobello Film Festival.