Hackney Urban Geology Walk with Josh Bilton & Ruth Siddall
04 August 2016

Meet at SPACE Mare Street
Walk & Talk: Thu 4 Aug, 6.30 - 8.30pm
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Join Josh Bilton and urban geologist Ruth Siddall on a walking tour of Hackney to learn more about the geology of the land and the built environment. The walk is a psychogeological response to Bilton’s Cairns - the walking aspect of his SPACE commission, Undersong. It will explore the geology, conceptions and perceptions of Portland Stone in London’s architecture and culture. The walk will follow the route of Cairns; beginning at SPACE, Mare Street, and ending at St John-at-Hackney Church.


Ruth Siddall is an academic geologist with over 20 years teaching experience at UCL. Her research interests are in geological materials in culture and heritage contexts; stone, pigments and ceramics. She has worked on a number of archeological projects, including at Ancient Corinth, Pompeii and Westminster Abbey. Ruth believes the built environment has great potential as a teaching and learning resource for the Earth Sciences and leads a number of building stone walks around London and elsewhere. She has also co-created the London Pavement Geology website as an interactive archive of London’s building stones.


Josh Bilton (b. Hertfordshire, UK) is based in London. His practice centres on the relationship between the self, society, and its physical manifestations. The resulting works in photography, video and installation shift between performance and documentary, constructing scenarios that both depict and engender subjective encounters with our environment and its histories.

Bilton’s work has been shown in the UK, as well as Europe and USA. He was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2011. Recent exhibitions and projects include ACAVA Arts Organisation, London (2015); The Photographer’s Gallery, London (2014); L’Aterlier KSR, Berlin (2014); and Rosphoto, St Petersburg (2013).