Industrial Road Project

IUD Temporary Research Space: The Industrial Road Project

29 September, 2015

Institute of Urban Dreaming (IUD) members John van Aitken and Jane Brake along with their colleague Dr Huizhen Du of Guangdong Foreign Studies University will present materials from an ongoing research project. Using Guangzhou’s historic Industrial Road as a case study, the research explores the transformation of everyday life in the Chinese megacity. In the Maoist Era Industrial Road typified the emphasis on the city as a site of collectivized production, with factories (State Owned Enterprises or SOE’s) and workers housing compounds, laid out along its five and a half kilometres. Today the SOE’s along Industrial Road have mostly closed or been privatized and moved to the outskirts of the city, whilst former workers housing may be rented to migrant workers or demolished and the land used to build private high rises. In other cases residents are bussed each day to the outlying factories. In April 2015 IUD, Dr Du and colleagues spent 10 days exploring sites along Industrial Road guided by resident and retired shipyard worker, Brother Lee. A variety of materials were produced including photographs, interviews, video, fieldnotes, and archival materials about Industrial Road were digitized.
Industrial Road Triptych 4LR

IUD, Dr Du and Mr Lee, who will be present via social media platform WeChat, invite you to join them in this Temporary Research Space hosted by CFCCA to view a selection of their research materials, listen to readings and discuss their initial findings.
Industrial Road Project by Institute of Urban Dreaming

IUD is a socially engaged, research based, art practice, focused on everyday landscapes, housing, spatial justice, and the role of the witness. Their recent activity has concentrated on gathering, producing and archiving evidence about the loss of social housing in Pendleton, Salford, but IUD have also produced work in response to planned urban environments and contested spaces elsewhere, including China. IUD work across a diverse range of artistic media and forms: photography, moving image, text, performance, storytelling, textiles, walking tours and more.