Film screening of Sensing the City:
Young People and Regeneration in London

Friday 24 September 2021 at Livesey Exchange Garages (LEX 1) as part of London Design Festival 2021

Date: Friday 24 September 2021, 6.30 pm 
135 Bird in Bush Road, Peckham London SE15 1QP

Cities are forever changing but who is the change for? How do young people feel about regeneration of their neighbourhoods? How can we ensure young residents have a voice – and are heard – in critical planning decisions that affect their lives and their communities?

In 2020, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (UCL) and community organisations Pempeople and The Ubele Initiative came together to explore new methods and tools of public voicing for young people. The result was a series of on-line, open-call participatory workshops with young people from Peckham and Brixton. Facilitated by poet and performance artist Kat François and interdisciplinary media artist Daniel Oduntan, the sessions explored notions of belonging, change and displacement, race and stereotyping, Covid lockdowns and mental health, voicelessness and the importance of active listening when designing tools to empower. They experimented with poetry, spoken word, storytelling and mobile filmmaking, inside and outside the workshops.

This visual letter captures the essence of the workshops. Designed and edited by Daniel Oduntan in portrait as opposed to landscape, the video letter lends itself to mobile viewing, with the option of reading or listening to each voice note as chapter.

About Daniel Oduntan
Daniel Oduntan is an interdisciplinary media artist conceptional occupying the spaces between visual arts, sound and performance media. His polymath approach to creativity has led him in recent years to explore the politics of sound archives, the power of imagery and methods of accessibility for black creatives through participatory design. Producing cross-disciplined art, editorials and commissions for the likes of the V&A Museum, UCL, Warp Records, Publicis London and the Design Museum.

About Kat Francois
Kat Francois is an Educator, Poetry & Drama Performance Artist & Teacher, Playwright and Fitness Instructor. Former UK, BBC TV and World Slam Champion.

Throughout the pandemic, Kat has been running workshops online, to schools and children out of school in the UK and Europe, and to adults in the UK and around the world, on writing and performance skills, writing as therapy, as well as fitness and wellbeing classes.

As a playwright, Kat has written and performed acclaimed shows including Raising Lazarus, dealing with the experiences of Caribbean soldiers in WW1.

Kat has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, Saturday Live and Woman’s Hour, Radio 5 Live, Sky and BBC television. As a performance artist she has traveled nationally and internationally. 

Kat run’s Onyx, a poetry and theatre performance group for young people who are currently working on a piece around mental health. 

She is currently working on her first novel.


Daniel Oduntan
UCL Performance Lab

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Meet the Artists: Panel on Permanent Temporary by Livesey Exchange

Saturday 18 September 2021, 6 pm at Livesey Exchange Garages (LEX 1).

Disobedient Mapping by Émilie Loiseleur

Sunday 19 to Thursday 23 September 2021, 2 pm at Livesey Exchange Garages (LEX 1).

Pallet Painting Workshop by Shack Collective

Sunday 19 to Thursday 23 September 2021, 3.30 pm at Livesey Exchange Garages (LEX 1).

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Intro to Weaving by the Livesey Exchange Fashion Team

Monday 20 September 2021, 4 pm at Livesey Exchange Garages (LEX 1).

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Monday 20 September 2021, 6.30 pm at Livesey Exchange Garages (LEX 1).

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