PiCK OF THE WiCK is a music video portrait project in Hackney Wick and Fish Island, in a collaboration with local residents and Knowledge Exchange Network, QMUL Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy, Hackney Wick & Fish Island Community Trust and Hackney Wick and Fish Island Creative Enterprise Zone.
See the story so far…
And listen to the first track we made
In this emergent project The People Speak ask the residents of Hackney Wick and Fish Island to create a music video representing the area. We will use conversation, comedy, video and graphic visualisations to tease out and imaginatively represent the key aspects of the band during a series of public consultation sessions around the area, which will take shape of pop up screen tests booths [inspired by Warhols ‘Screen Tests’ series], vox pops interviews and Pick of The Wick Talkaoke talkshow outdoors. For the Talkaoke we will bring a local lyricist/ singer, a musician and a live visualiser to create a sketch of lyrics and sound of the Pick of the Wick anthem, and the look of the hypothetical band.

Following on from the research we did through the Wick Speaks! project in 2020, Pick of the Wick takes music as the element that connects various members of the community. We will use this theme as a framework to explore people’s wider ideas about:

– How do people feel about public spaces in the area?
– How does the community come together?
– People’s emotional response to the place?
– Divisive lines within the area and how to cross them?
– What is the set of values about the area we can all agree on?

Step into our DIY mobile Screen Test Booth, which will be popping up on the street throughout July. Tell us about the music and the look of Hackney Wick you know. What does it mean to you?
Join us at one of the Screen Test Booth sessions in July: Friday 16th, Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th between 2-7PM, at and around The Pearl [11 Prince Edward Rd, London E9 5LX].
Then on Sunday 1 August take part in an open space Talkaoke – a pop up talkshow, where we will be joined by local musicians, lyricist and illustrator who will compose a soundtrack and explore the visual identity of Hackney Wick & Fish Island based on the conversation between the participants. If you are a musician yourself – bring an instrument.

PiCK OF THE WiCK is a collaboration with Knowledge Exchange Network, QMUL Network – centre for the creative and cultural economy, Hackney Wick & Fish Island Community Trust and Hackney Wick and Fish Island Creative Enterprise Zone.


Screen Test Booth sessions
Friday 16th, Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th July
2-7PM [drop in]
Location: outside PEARL Hackney , 11 Prince Edward Rd, London E9 5LX

Pick of the Wick Talkaoke
Sunday 1 August
Time, location, booking link tbc


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