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Dark Island






This limited edition publication is a point of reference for the experience of change and read in conjunction with twitter.com/@t_wickers, a virtual record of events, happenings and inconveniences encountered from January 2011-2012.

Sandwiched between the A12, Greenway and the Lee Navigation Canal, and straddling the London Boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets, lies an urban periphery called Hackney Wick and Fish Island. A sleepy area of light industry, artist studios and residential housing neighbours on the London Olympics site and the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP), each with its own environmental affect. With the major clean-up operation underway and the linking of Bow and Victoria Park with Stratford City, Hackney Wick and Fish Island has become critical to the economic, cultural and physical growth of east London. Dark Island, initiated in 2010 by artist/architect Colin Priest is an ongoing multimedia exploration of urban and environmental change, incorporating film, text and intervention.