News and events

June 2022: Public presentation of my post-doctoral research proposal at Umeå University, Sweden

An investigation into the spatial politics of Swedish housing waiting lists. Part of the interview process for the position of post-doctoral researcher at UmArts, the Research Centre for Architecture, Design and the Arts at Umeå University.

June 2022: Practice based PhD

Completed an artist and activist led PhD that investigates the role of government databases within urban regeneration schemes. see Database (e)State.

Feb 4th, 2020. Presentation at seminar series, Royal College of Art

Presentation of my Database (e)State project at the Royal College of Art as part of their Design department PhD seminar series.

Thurs, Feb 27, 2020, 20:00, Panel Discussion − Resistance to estate demolition in South London and community alternatives.

Who: Streatham Constituency Labour Party kindly invited me to be part of this panel. Venue: Jubilee Hall Community Centre. Medora Road, Tulse Hill. SW2 2LX

Fri, Nov 21, 2019, 20:00-21:30 , Book Launch – The Critical Makers Reader: (Un)Learning Technology, De Waag Nieuwmarkt 4 1012 CR Amsterdam

The Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam are launching this book that I contributed an essay to - read more…

Fri, Nov 8, 2019, 9:30am - 5:30pm , Dundee. “Presentation: Re@ct: Social Change Art Technology Symposium”

I’ll be discussing my artist and activist-led Database (e)State project that investigates the ways that Lambeth Council produces data about council estates (such as Cressingham Gardens where I live) and then makes decisions to demolish homes against residents wishes.

Tue, July 12, 2019, 7pm-10:30pm, London. “Screening of Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle. Q&A discussion”

Where: Effraspace, 21 Effra Parade, London, SW2 1PX
I will be part of this panel discussion & Q&A. Chaired by social issues filmmaker Tom Cordell. Guest Speakers include: Jamie Burton, public interest lawyer;Clavia Chambers, Housing Spokesperson; Tom Keene, Save Cressingham Gardens campaigner and PhD researcher;Kate Macintosh, retired architect;Simon Hannah, trade unionist with Lambeth UNISON;Tom Cordell, Film-maker and writer. details here.

Tue, June 11, 2019, 4-8pm, London. “Community-led Social Housing Regeneration”

On a panel at this event that brings together activists, community organisations and researchers that have been involved and/or have studied resistance to social housing demolition in London and diverse forms of community-led strategies for taking control of regeneration processes.
Location: Gibbs Green Hall, Dieppe Close, London, W149NN. details here.

8th June 2019 (2-4pm) - Speaking at a photography exhibition of residents portraits at Robin Hood Gardens

I have been invited to speak at this exhibition along with activist groups Focus E15, Southwark Notes, and Achilles St Campaign to share tactics, experiences, and possible futures. The event will be held on Saturday 8th June at Four Corners which is a learning, production and exhibition centre for film and photography. Address: 121 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0QN.

30th-1st June 2019, Cyprus - Free and Open Source Technologies, Arts and Commoning Practices: An Unconference about Art, Design, Technology, Making, Cities and their Communities

I will be presenting \Database (e)State at this conference held at University of Nicosia in Nicosia, Cyprus, details here.

02 March 2019 (1pm-2:30pm) - Lambeth Estates Against Demolition

I have been invited to speak, as a representative of Cressingham Gardens Estate, at this chaired discussion. I will be joining residents from Central Hill and Westbury estates. The event is a fringe meeting to the Labour London Regional Conference and will be held at The West Indian Cultural Centre, N8ODD.
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27th June 2018 (4–8pm) - Forum Commoning Berlin

Invited by the campaign group, Architects for Social Housing, to talk at this event held at Studio 1 / Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin.

27 Feb 2018 - Inspire To Resist

Concret Soldiers have released a handbook for fighting urban regeneration titled “INSPIRE 2 RESIST” (download). They kindly used some content from my “Regen Cheat Sheet” which is great to see distributed more widely.

01 Nov 2018 – 02 Nov 2018: Social Art Summit, Shefield

Presenting Database e(State) at this two day event. Artists, activists, community groups, curators, students, academics, and funders share practice, showcase work, and explore what it means to be making art through social engagement right now.
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21-22 May 2018: Workshop at ‘Data Justice Conference’ in Cardiff.

Running a workshop 22 May 2018: “How to save a home: Artist/Activist/Research of local authority housing databases and their role in urban regeneration”. Data Justice is an international conference exploring research on, and practices of, social justice in an age of datafication. Host: Data Justice Lab, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.

19th May 2018: Goldsmiths. Winner of the ‘Warden’s Annual Public Engagement Award’

2019 winner in Postgraduate Researcher category for my project Database Estate, an intensely collaborative, cross-disciplinary campaign to save Cressingham Gardens Estate in South West London.

25th Oct 2018: Regeneration and its disconents, London South Bank University

Part of a panel discussion titled “Post Grenfell housing struggles” along with Izzy Koksal (Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth), Beverley Robinson (Aylesbury Leaseholders Action Group), Katie Beswick (Lecturer in Drama University of Exeter), Owen Hatherley (writer and journalist). Organised by Ana Vilenica of London South Bank University.
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I was invited to be part of this panel consisting of artists and activists who are campaigning against the demolition of homes and social cleansing of communities.
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I was invited to contribute Drill box to this exhibition questioning the privatisation of publicly owned land and buildings in London and the UK.
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27th July 2014 Marine Festival Leigh on Sea.

Running still at this festival. Delightful methods for DIY essential oil stilling from local flora.
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15th and 16th September 2011. 9am-1pm. Biosensing and Networked Performance Workshop. Held at ISEA in Istanbul

Led by Anna Dumitriu and Tom Keene with Alex May. In this two-day workshop participants built and calibrated their own iPhone compatible/connectable Galvanic Skin Response Sensors (GSR) to record subtle changes in their emotional arousal.
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9th Feb 2009 6-8pm, film screening. Tate Modern.

A screening of the edited highlights of Sams films and an introduction by the man himself.
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20th Sept 2009. Film screening.

An edit of ‘Sam the wheels’ films shown at the Urban Green @ 3pm in the Solar Cinema.
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Dec 2008 to 21st Feb 2009. Exhibition

“People Signs & Resistance: On the front line” at the 198 Gallery in Brixton.
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14th Jan 2009 7-9pm Publication launch.

A launch of the ‘Sam The Wheels’ publication. We will be having a Brixton themed poetry slam hosted by Michael Ryan. To register your interest in participating email
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28th Jan 7-9pm 2009. Disussion evening.

An evening with Sam 2009. Clovis Salmon AKA Sam the Wheels has seen many wonderful things through his camera come and join writer Michael McMillan for an evening of relaxed conversation and music with Sam and friends.
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11th Feb 7-9pm 2009. Discussion evening.

With more government control over our lives and our means to express ourselves politically, where are the new spaces of resistance? A round table discussion at the 198 Gallery where artists, writers, young people and political activists come together to discuss this issue.
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