What will the people of Kings Cross do once the future starts to unravel? Once the sea levels rise, the economy collapses, and Russia turns off the gas - how will they live? Where will they work? How will they make a cup of tea?
In this workshop, as part of a month-long residency
, artist Tom James will be helping the people of King’s Cross (and beyond) learn how to build an anaerobic digester, to collectively make their own gas in the future.
Anaerobic digesters are simple machines designed to turn food waste into methane gas, which can then be used to cook or heat water. They can be made from everyday materials found in DIY shops, salvaged from skips outside houses, or reclaimed from landfill. The workshop will cover the theory of anaerobic digestion, where to find the materials (now and once the world has ended) and the potential economies that might be built around the gas. If enough gas has been generated, the workshop will end with a cup of tea (no promises).
You can read more about the residency here
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Tom James is a writer and artist who creates projects and publications that aim to change the way people think about the structures, places and ideas around them. Recent work includes The Clearing, a year-long collaboration with Alex Hartley to create a vision of the future in the grounds of Compton Verney, in Warwickshire; and New, New England House, an attempt to regenerate a publicly-owned factory in Brighton from the inside out, as part of the utopian regeneration agency Spacemakers. Tom’s projects have been featured across the British press, whilst his cult fanzine, Go, is part of the permanent collection of the V&A.