Power Walks

13 Apr 2019 - 2:00 PM to 4 May 2019 - 2:00 PM

Power Walks

A series of guided neighbourhood walks and a tour led by Hito Steyerl's Actual RealityOS research partners; Architects for Social HousingDisabled People Against CutsThe Voice of Domestic Workers and artist Constantine Gras

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Influenced by the Situationists' dérive, the Power Walks programme brought to life the Actual RealityOS data, highlighting issues around social housing, low wage work, histories of resistance and the accessibility of the city. The three walks and a tour were created in conversation with campaigns, community groups, and organisations local to the areas surrounding the Serpentine, and took place throughout the duration of Hito Steyerl's Power Plants exhibition. Each walk and tour told a story of the hidden and not so hidden inequalities from the point of view of those most affected.


Saturday 13 April, 2pm: Architects for Social Housing
Architects for Social Housing led a walk that explored how increasing privatisation and legislation affects our ability to access the city and how these changes contribute to the housing crisis.

Saturday 27 April, 10am and 2pm: Constantine Gras
Gras, a former artist-in-residence for Grenfell Tower, led a multi-vocal walk that uncovered the histories of resistance and reproductive labour in North Kensington. 

Sunday 28 April, 2pm: The Voice of Domestic Workers
The Voice of Domestic Workers began this walk with real-life accounts of domestic workers being rescued in Hyde Park, London. A self-organised network and campaign calling for justice and rights for Britain’s 16,000 migrant domestic workers, the group will focus on their work organising for rights on a national and international level.

Saturday 4 May, 2pm: Disabled People Against Cuts
Disabled People Against Cuts led a Power Tour to raise awareness of the disproportionate and adverse impacts of so-called "welfare reform" measures on disabled people since 2010, and how disabled people have been fighting back.

About Actual RealityOS

Actual RealityOS charts real-life inequality through virtual means (augmented reality). Visitors to the Serpentine will view a warped simulacrum of the exterior of the physical building using data about wealth, social housing and austerity collected with local research partners. This form of data visualisation was designed to restore a social vision to an often-unseen stark class reality. The research partners for the work included Architects for Social Housing, Disabled People Against Cuts, Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, Unite the Union Hotel Workers’ Branch, and The Voice of Domestic Workers.


Related Events / Exhibitions


Hito Steyerl: Power Plants

11 Apr 2019 to 6 May 2019

Hito Steyerl is a German filmmaker and artist whose work explores the complexities of the digital world, art, capitalism, and the implications of Artificial Intelligence for society. Her recent artworks cover subjects as diverse as video games, surveillance and art production.

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Hito Steyerl: Actual Reality OS

11 Apr 2019 to 31 Jan 2020

Visitors to the Serpentine are prompted to view an app that uses augmented reality to show what Hito Steyerl calls Actual RealityOS

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Hito Steyel: Power Walks videos

Wednesday, 1st May 2019
Power Walk: The Voices of Domestic Workers

Power Walk: The Voices of Domestic Workers

`POWER WALKS: Constantine Gras

`POWER WALKS: Constantine Gras

Power Walks, Constantine Gras, 2019


Power Tour, John Kelly, Disabled People Against Cuts, 2019