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Katya Robin observes the language of public spaces, our ambivalence with these structures. Her cross-media works reflect common sayings and assumed knowledge. Research-based practice reveals abstruse historical and culture associations. Her research and participatory art project, Hexopolis, observes urban geometry, linking this with social access. Angry and articulate about access.

Wobbly Benchmarks

8 June 2015

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The next stage of the Hexopolis project is to present the work done thus far. I plan to do this by producing a new artists’ book and holding exhibition combining research, ideas and contributions. This is dependent on finding some funding. For one my other projects, Standard Measures, I’ve been making measurements in jelly. Standard Measures evolved to provide traders, builders, engineers, with benchmarks for distance, weights, and volumes. Disputes and deviations were arbitrated in...

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Six Points about Public Access & Democracy

10 May 2015

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For Polling Day I revisited Charter Square to hold a rememberance action.  Slogans, referencing the Chartists' Six Points, were chalked on the paving slabs. Allthough it was built with ramps, rather than access for all adaptations being awkwardly retro-fitted, like many underpasses, it is little-used. Charter Square is a crumbling Brutalist  development, notable for its hexagonal paving and tiling. It is a barren memorial to the Sheffield Chartists.  The Chartists demanded...

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Exhibiting logically

17 April 2015

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Now uploaded my report on the Hexopolis show at  Pages, which was held at The Tetley, Leeds,  at my site, Katya Robin Studio.  It includes some  of my thoughts behind the unusual dislay methods.   The Tetley has very good wheelchair access in my experience, and although Gallery 1 isn't huge,  I was keen for people with mobility difficulties to be able to get in and look around. Included in the exhibition were a selection of my research papers. These were...

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HEXOPOLIS: Now open for participatory art!

28 February 2015

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I’m showing my thoughts and interpretations of hexagons and the city at Pages | Leeds International Artists’ Book Fair, exhibition continues until 22 March. I’m also opening up my research project for crowd-sourced ideas and contributions. Join in the public participation at The Tetley, see venue website for access details. At the opening (6-9pm, Fri 6 March) there will be paper crafts, making hexagon love letters and hexaflexagons. Or you can participate via the Hexopolis...

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HEX in the CITY Part 1

9 February 2015

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Awareness of hexagonal pattern and structures in the city crept up on me.  It was through little explorations around the city centre that the patterns and shapes got into me. There is nothing aimless about my exploration of the city.  It is hemmed in by access limitations.  The quality of the pavements, do the dropped curbs connect, or leave mobility-aid users stranded disconnected from onward journey? It’s all about advance assessment. Might the return journey be too long,...

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INCOMING HEXAGONS!

18 January 2015

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At HEXOPOLIS HQ we’re getting ready for an exhibition about our on-going research, highlighting key themes in omnipresent hexagons. Once you start looking, you may notice they are everywhere, near and far, ubiquitous and astonishing. At Saturn's North Pole there is a hexagonal vortex of cloud larger than Earth. Flat-pack furniture is typically held together with hexagon socket bolts and assembled with a free Allen (hex) key. Hexagons are currently a big design trend: hexagon...

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Introducing Hexopolis

13 December 2014

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I am leading a project called HEXOPOLIS.  This is an invented term, assembled from ancient Greek: HEX meaning 6 -OPOLIS meaning city-state, run by its citizens. Hexopolis is a long-term research and participatory art project about engagement within urban life. Using the hexagon as a framework, the project considers and promotes fresh appreciation of urban living. It is a development of my artist's book' Charter Square Sheffield Rising' which links the now decaying 1960...

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