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This project is in collaboration with local residents in Bow, East London, along with spoken word poets, musicians, visual and performance artists, schools and civic organisations. It aims to generate ideas that could transform abandoned or under-used spaces, both public and private, on and around Roman Road, without imposing changes in real life.

The project reimagines the potential for common space free from the customary barriers imposed by organisations, systems and government, using the Common Room, a community space on Roman Road, as its inspiration and partner. It uses African American scholar Saidiya Hartman’s method of ‘critical fabulation,’ which combines archival research with critical theory and fictional narrative in order to explore ‘ways of storytelling that rework how things that we design come into being and what they do in the world’.

Through our fabulation, we intend to create spatial imaginaries that transcend the structural restrictions of existing planning legislation in order to unlock the potential of local common space. We define this project as an activist method of making visible, via creative and fictional practices, the need for communal, resistant spaces in a city submerged by privatisation.


11 and 15 October, Old Ford Primary School, Bow

Workshops with local children exploring selected disused spaces through their eyes.

12 and 19 October, Common Room

Workshops with members of local communities and artists designed to develop ideas around the disused spaces on Roman Road.

Sunday 24 November, 5.00pm, F_able navigates: Another Space, Another Time

An evening art walk navigating Roman Road, exploring newly commissioned performances and art installations that respond to fictitious spaces imagined during the course of the project.

Meeting and information point: Common Room.

All welcome, please email us ( for more information.


Helena Aðalsteinsdóttir, Mya Berger, Kat Christidi, Will Heyward, Tashy Hughes, Lucy Malone, Sara Milosavljević, Anna Spyropoulos.


Camilla Brendon, Lottie Bolster, Ella Dorman-Gajic, Noemi Gunea, Grace Lambert, Ale Lopez, Iftikhar Latif, Veronica Rowlands, Elly Rutherford, Harry Wright.

Project partners