Jessie Brennan Re: development: Voices, Cyanotypes and Writings from The Green Backyard (Silent Grid, 2016)
Re: development is a book that brings together voices, cyanotypes and writings from The Green Backyard following Jessie's year-long residency there. Published before the land was finally safeguarded, it questions the capitalist logic of the site’s proposed development by landowner, Peterborough City Council. The book shares the voices of The Green Backyard – of those defending their 'right to the city'.
Contributing authors include: Sophie Antonelli (activist; co-founder of The Green Backyard); Dr. Alexandre Apsan Frediani (researcher of development practice; Lecturer at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL); Dr. Robert Biel (carpenter-historian; Senior Lecturer at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL); Dougald Hine (writer and social thinker; co-founder of Dark Mountain); Prof. Jane Holder (Professor of Environmental Law, UCL); Anna Minton (writer; Co-Director of UEL’s MRes course, Reading the Neoliberal City); Dr. Barbara Penner (architectural historian; Senior Lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL); Prof. Jane Rendell (artist-writer; Professor of Architecture and Art, and Director of History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture); Prof. Ben Rogaly (geographer; Professor of Geography, University of Sussex); and Dr. Maria Walsh (writer and art critic; Reader in Artists’ Moving Image at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London).
Read the extended review of Jessie Brennan's Re: development, by Matthew Thompson for Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography.
Jessie Brennan Regeneration! Conversations, Drawings, Archives and Photographs from Robin Hood Gardens (Silent Grid, 2015).
Regeneration! brings together plans and images from several archives, two essays, two series of drawings, personal experiences of long- and short-term tenants and a caretaker in the form of interviews, and a series of photographs by former tenant Abdul Kalam. The text by Owen Hatherley charts the political decisions that led to the rise and fall of Robin Hood Gardens and their wider implications for social democracy. Richard Martin’s essay contextualises the project through an analysis of Jessie's artwork A Fall of Ordinariness and Light and proposes a broader set of questions around the politics of regeneration.
Read the review of Jessie Brennan's Regeneration!, by Oli Mould for Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography.