Dig Collective was invited by Fugitive Images to take over one week in the program of REAL ESTATE, a Six week project opening PEER Gallery up as a social, discursive and imaginative space around issues of housing and spatial justice in East London through a constantly changing series of exhibitions, screenings, discussions, readings and workshops.
For the duration of the residency, DIG 'evicted' and boarded up PEER gallery. Its hoarding was transformed daily across four phases of urban development: 1) boarding up and redevelopment, 2) community reappropriation, 3) local authority graffiti removal and 4) abandonment, before the hoardings were removed, returning the site to its previous use.
Out on the pavement, the artists became narrators of a story of precariousness and infinite uncertainty where time precipitates into a shambolic sped-up cycle of making and unmaking, settling and uprooting, bringing forth into visibility the increasing speed of temporality in contemporary urban spaces, and the people caught up in between.
The staged acceleration transported the everyday reality of the site into a live laboratory of urban pedagogy concerned with the frailty of London's urban ecology in the throw of uncontrolled speculation.
Only a window cut through this ever-changing surface reveals a rabbit-hole peeping through to a different logic of time...