The Demolition Project is a collaboration between Russian artist and photographer Alisa Oleva and British writer-performer Debbie Kent, who met at Goldsmiths in 2011-2013 on the MA in Performance Making. Our work together as The Demolition Project explores mapping, walking and urban life, developing frameworks and strategies for thinking about the city and its relationship with us in ways that can be more (or less) participatory and performative.
One way is through walking and walking tours as an artistic strategy, to suggest alternative views of and approaches to moving through the city; another is by using tasks and instructions to provoke ideas, start conversations and open up possibilities for the imagination. As individual artists, Alisa is involved in Russia in the movement of roof-climbers, ‘diggers’ and urban exploration, while Debbie has an interest in language, improvisation and public spaces. They are members of the Walking Artists Network and over the past two years have shown work in London, Exeter, Berlin, Belgrade, Moscow and Krasnodar. They are currently making work on a one-year residency at SPACE @ Clarence Mews in east London.