The Dalston Mill


15 July 2009 - 9 August 2009
Off Dalston Lane

Time: Open daily 2–10pm
Bar opening times 7–10pm, Thu–Sun
Off Dalston Lane

Barbican Takes Radical Nature to Hackney

Part of Barbican Art Gallery’s current exhibition Radical Nature – Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969–2009, the experimental architectural collective EXYZT has created The Dalston Mill, turning a disused railway line and waste ground in Dalston into a vibrant rural retreat for the people of the area and beyond.

The fully-functioning, 16 metre mill is accompanied by a 20 metre long wheat field, a restaging of environmental artist Agnes Denes' original 1982 pioneering piece.

Come and share your baking knowledge, drop in to use the bread ovens or participate in one of the events or workshops, from theatre performances and bread-making to pedal-powered music and tea-time talks with artists.

Events are free and open to all unless otherwise stated
Capacity is limited to 20– 30, on a first come basis

Thu 16–Sat 18 July / 7pm and 8pm
Arcola Academy present: Kontakt
A series of one to one performances between 12 young actors and 12 audience members, Kontakt presents a unique opportunity to have an encounter with someone you’ve never met beforeand will never meet again. Tickets £5 available from the Arcola Theatre box office on 020 7503 1646.

Sat 18 July / 3pm
The Dalston Slice – Bread Currency

Come along and bake local currency made of bread, which you can spend only in a small selection of local restaurants, cafes, cinemas and theatres in Dalston. Join artisan baker Dan Lepard and the Collaborator’s Guide collective for this unique local event.

Sun 19–Fri 24 July / 3–8pm
Dalton Talking
A series of Urban Psychoanalysis sessions, using a Talking Mill, by the emergency urban psychoanalysis commando unit, UPIA. This investigation into the urban unconscious of Dalston will be the first step in an extensive analysis of the city of London.

Sun 19 July / 3–4.30pm
Feral Trade Tea Service
A talk and tea afternoon with Kate Rich featuring delights such as hand-traded tea from Bangladesh and sweets from Montenegro, accompanied by a travel report tracking these products from their source.

Sun 19 July / 5–10pm
Magnificent Revolution
Pedal-powered music performance by Barbora Patkova. Bring your own iPod to eco-share your favourite tunes.

Mon 20 July / 7pm
Elioth + Encore Heureux
Presentation by the Paris-based engineers and architectural collective who devised Wind-it, a project in which vertical wind generators are used in place of large horizontal windmills. Wind-it presents two solutions: either grafting the generators on to the electrical network or setting up new electricity pylons integrated with a renewable production unit.

Thu 23 July / 2–5pm
Gahu Dramatic Arts
Dalston-based artists, Gahu, in association with the Trinity Centre Summer School and Tenants of the nearby Rhodes Estate, will use the Dalston Mill to create delicious African dishes followed by performances of African dancing, drumming, acrobatics and fire eating.

Fri 24 July / 9pm
Dalton Talking presentation
A lecture about London’s unconscious based on the results of recent sessions at The Dalston Mill by UPIA, the emergency urban psychoanalysis commando unit.

Tue 28–Thu 30 July and Mon 3–Wed 5 August / 2–5pm
Hackney Young Carers workshop
A series of creative workshops and events with members of Hackney Young Carers investigating issues surrounding sustainability, the natural world and the Radical Nature exhibition at Barbican Art Gallery. The event is closed to the general public.

Thu 30 July, 6.30pm onwards
Legacy in the Dust: The Four Aces Story

Founded in the early 1960s, Hackney’s Four Aces Club was home to some of the greatest musicians in the world, including Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, The Sex Pistols and Bob Dylan. Join us for Four Aces - inspired music followed by a screening of Legacy in the Dust , by W instan W hitter , a film charting the club’s history as one of the East End’s most infamous establisments.

Sat 1 August / 3pm
Full Dinner Design
Participants in this workshop by Alexandre Bettler ( will be able to design everything from the cutlery to the baking trays which will then be used at a dinner cooked and served that evening.

Sun 2 August / 3–5pm
Cake Decorating workshop
Jagdish Patel from the shop 'Party Party' on Ridley Road will lead a cake decoration masterclass. Participants need to bring their own cake.

Sun 2 August / 3 – 7.30pm
Arcola’s Green Sunday

All day event including ecoACTIVE kids ' creative workshop, a SwapShop, bike MOT service and evening performances of capoeira from Kabula as well as a cappella from VoiCE. For full programme visit

Sun 2 August / 6.30pm
EXYZT in Conversation
Nicolas Henninger (EXYZT) and architect/artist Celine Condorelli will discuss 'pirate architecture' as the practice of occupying a site, and how the inhabitation of space is a response to existing conditions.

Thu 6 August / 5pm
muf architecture/art
Value what's there, nurture the possible, define what's missing. What is the role of public space in Dalston’s cultural life? An evening of celebration and debate: muf architecture/art and J&L Gibbons llp will be presenting extracts from their recent research into Dalston’s culture and public spaces.

This event is part of:
Radical Nature: Outdoor commissions
Radical Nature: Schools and families
Radical Nature - Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969-2009

The Dalston Mill
Entrance by the Peace Mural on Dalston Lane, between Ashwin Street and Hartwell Street, E8
Bus: 30, 38, 56, 67, 76, 149, 236, 242, 243, 277
Rail: Dalston Kingsland
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