For his Communal Knowledge project, artist Anton Kats collaborated with Fourth Feathers Youth Club and Community Centre on the project Fourth Feathers TV (FFTV) - an open, community-based TV station inviting members and visitors to join. FFTV produced their first episode in Summer 2013.
Three years on, during the school Easter break in March-April 2016, FFTV held a take over of The Showroom’s gallery for a series of workshops transforming the space into a dynamic and playful model of the neighbourhood, a TV studio and simultaneously an artistic and informal learning platform. The TV production studio worked with other community groups in the production of a series of episodes that were added to the online FFTV platform.
Take Over... proposed a platform to practically address current questions of access and housing in the Church Street area, asking how the potential of a locally run TV station could be considered for community action.
The episodes produced during the workshops were installed in the studio for a public viewing on Saturday 2 April 2016, 12–6pm.
The FFTV team interchanged and alternated the roles of camera operators, commentators, filmmakers, journalists and audience, and developed an evolving series of episodes around social and political issues.
FFTV proposed a space to explore methods of co-research and artistic investigation. The liveness of the project carried the form of an open event, in which open studio work counters standardised relationships with media and suggests ways to approach local organisation forms practically.
Image: Anton Katz, Take Over: Gallery as a Neighbourhood Model, 2016. Courtesy of The Showroom
This project was commissioned as part of Communal Knowledge.
Communal Knowledge is generously supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s Charity, John Lyon’s Charity, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Arts Council England and Garfield Weston Foundation.
In collaboration with Fourth Feathers Youth Club
Fourth Feathers TV is supported by Westminster City Council Neighbourhood Fund Programme
Fourth Feathers TV (FFTV) is an open, community-based TV station inviting members and visitors of Fourth Feathers Youth & Community Centre to join.More
Born in Kherson, Ukraine and now based in London, Kats is an artist, musician and dancer whose practice addresses locality, collective forms of research and knowledge as a spatial discipline.More
Fourth Feathers Youth & Community Centre is a youth centre in Marylebone that offers young people a wide range of activities and a holiday programme.More
Communal Knowledge is a programme of collaborative projects where artists and designers are invited to work with community groups, organisations, schools and individuals from The Showroom’s neighbourhood.More