Conspire presents Home

Conspire is 47/49’s own bimonthly event that brings together arts, politics and science. On March 11th the series is kicked off with Home. We selected 7 artists from more than 50 amazing submissions, who presented eclectic and unusual interpretations of the word. Reflections on the theme, were myriad and charming, with performances touching on homelessness and the housing crisis, migration, urban living and family. Our performers work across a range of disciplines, including spoken word, film and even contortionism!

Performers and contributors

Emily Bee ‘Eau de Toilette’ Set in a nightclub toilet, Eau de Toilette explores the mundane life of an immigrant toilet attendant and their struggle to acclimatise to their new environment. Inspired by Orientalist art and cultural romanticism, Eau de Toilette questions what “home” becomes when we are far away from it. Magical and subversive, Emily Bee’s  work explores people and how they view others and themselves.

Sophie Fernella ‘Heygate Estate’ This piece is a filmed spoken word performance which tells the story of The Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle, an abandoned council estate once home to over 3000 people. Sophie is a writer and performer from London, whose work sits somewhere in between performance and poetry. She is a member of The Roundhouse Poetry Collective,  and Jacob Sam La Rose’s Burn After Reading Poetry Collective (BARPo). In 2011 she co-founded The Patchwork Paper (, an online magazine who publish poetry, prose, illustration and photography. Follow @patchworkpaper to find out more. Heygate Estate is also produced by Tyrone Lewis and Will Tyas.

Val Stevenson ‘Homelessness and Human Rights’ Val is chair of trustees of The Pavement, a volunteer-led charity that publishes a range of information for homeless people, in particular a free monthly magazine, with three regional editions, with news and resources tailored to a homeless readership. She is on the steering group of the UK Common Rights Project, which focuses on the rights to shelter, food, water and sanitation for homeless people, and is a former night shift leader for Crisis. Outside homelessness, she publishes fiction and an award-winning literary website, is reviews editor for Fortean Times and lectures in digital media.

Caroline Mackenzie ‘Hive’  Inspired by Liam Gillick’s colourful facade of The Home Office building in Pimlico, Mackenzie explores the representation of this governmental building through it’s architecture. This performance sculpture piece is made up of three coloured hexagonal prisms encasing a contortionist.  Confined within a cell, the figure hibernates, becoming one with the sculpture and transfers between the coloured cells as part of the performance. The natural hexagonal structure maintains it’s symbol of industry and co-operation, reflecting the government’s control over immigration, citizenship and asylum.

Claire Trévien ‘The Shipwrecked House’ In a sparkling new one-woman production, Anglo-Breton poet and rising literary star Claire Trévien evokes a shifting maritime landscape within the confines of troubled domesticity. Drawing on Trévien’s theatrical background, The Shipwrecked House transforms for the stage the surreal vision of her Guardian First Book Award-nominated poetry collection. Anchors, shipwrecks, whales and islands abound; poems as sketches, lyrics, dreams and experiments in language as sound. Influenced by Trévien’s Breton heritage, The Shipwrecked House is also an exploration of longing, home and cultural in-betweenness.

Chris Jenkins ‘Top Joe: Leaving The House’ Chris is a practising video & performance artist living and working in the North West. He creates films through the character of ‘Top Joe’ in an attempt to explore life’s questions. In this video & performance he invites you into the home of Top Joe and asks for your help in guiding Top Joe through this difficult period.

Jendella Hallam Benson ‘This Land’  Jendella is a poet and writer, originally from Birmingham but now living in London. Her work covers issues of religion, love, race, and mental health, amongst other topics. As well as having performed around the country, last year she released ‘Deaths, Dreams and the Dull Inbetweens’, a collection of poems and photography that has been compared by poetry fans to Saul Williams’ ‘Said The Shotgun’. ‘This Land’ addresses colonialism, and in particular the effect it has on ideas about personal identity.
Jessica Franklin
Jess’s poignant and excellently shot short film explores the difficulties faced by many young Londoners trying to get on the property ladder. Interviews with two young people who have recently been through the traumatic experience, as well as with a London estate agent, are set to beautiful footage of London housing stock.