As I’ve had time and space to work on ideas for empty shops this year, and as I’ve been able to support others in their work by setting up the Empty Shops Network
, I’ve become ever more keenly interested in the ideas, inspiration and ideology behind meanwhile work.
And now I’m watching the birth of a new phase: the thing I’ve always hoped would happen if we gave creative people space and support.
A wave of new projects on the starting blocks across the UK are about interaction and interrogation, community and chat. Over the last week, I’ve talked to people about ideas based on technology and tv remote controls, geography and urban exploration, science and social enterprise. As funding is becoming available, artists are moving from static ideas to serious reinvention of high street spaces.
I'm calling it Empty Shops 2.0
and I'm keen to hear more examples of similar projects.