I IS ANOTHER
Stratford, December 2017
I Is Another is an invitation for the participants to immerse themselves in a discovery process and understand urban regeneration in Stratford, a metropolitan district in East London. This neighborhood has undergone an intense process of urban regeneration over the past decade and the local community has been forced to move away, transforming an urban collective identity into an individualized consumer one. This process of gentrification results in deep political and cultural isolation.
Participants who are not familiar with this neighborhood were asked to inhabit another person’s shoes. Walking around them at a secret location in Stratford, the participants followed an orientation manual that highlighted the rapid transformations occurring in this neighborhood and explored the new identity of the area.
I Is Another culminates with the composition of an installation using the white shoes the participants have inhabited for the length of the promenade.
By the end of their journey, they were invited to leave their mark on the shoes (literally write on them) to complete the installation and their experience.
Concept and facilitation: Belén L.Yáñez