Over 200 years ago Hackney was a cultural destination for visitors around the globe, home to London’s textile industry and the largest botanical hothouse in the world. The Electric Bloom project explores this incredible hidden history by working with the local community and council, curating workshops across art, film, animation, music, spoken word, textiles and garden design with renowned creatives including musicians Peter Adjaye and Randolph Matthews and leading spoken word artists PolarBear and Raymond Atrobus. Electric Bloom culminated on September 12th, featuring creative works created by residents and artists, permanent and temporary light installations, an immersive app-led trail and the premiere of an original Electric Bloom music composition by Rowland Sutherland and Orphy Robinson in collaboration with emerging musicians from Hackney.
Electric Bloom is led by digital artists SDNA and the London Experimental Arts Project in collaboration with creative producer Clare Moloney and project artists Anna Glover, Annie Goliath, Adolfo Harrison, AJ Kwame, Barley Massey, Bryan Poole, Joel Cahen, Noel Basualdo, Orphy Robinson, PolarBear, Raymond Atrobus, Rowland Sutherland, Rozi Peters, Tropical Isles and Zsolt Balogh.
Electric Bloom is supported by the London Borough of Hackney, the Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the PRS and the Greater London Authority. We would like to thank our project partners Hackney Archives, Hackney Historic Buildings Trust, Hackney Society, London Metropolitan Archives, Morningside Children’s Centre, and St Johns at Hackney, SPACE Studios, Sutton House and Trelawney Estate Resident’s Association.