Lana Alana – Talking Peace

The Hoxton Window Project: Lana Alana for Talking Peace Festival from UNIT9 on Vimeo.

International Alert is pleased to announce the Talking Peace Festival, a series of events taking place this autumn around International Peace Day on 21 September.

Using the universal language of creativity, Talking Peace will illustrate the importance of dialogue in resolving conflicts. The festival will open on Monday 8 September and run for a month, featuring an array of events across London, including photo exhibitions, talks, pop-up food kitchens, street art, film and comedy – all designed to kick-start a conversation about peace.

The theme of the festival is talking, because talk is more than just talk. It’s action. Words can be used to hurt, organise killings or cover up crimes. But they can also be used to heal, build bridges and inspire reconciliation. That’s why talking is always the first step toward building peace – although it doesn’t end there.

We believe culture in all its forms can be a powerful tool for encouraging dialogue between communities, helping people to question established truths and express difficult emotions. Talking Peace will therefore entertain and inform, amuse and inspire, but most of all remind people that peace requires words.

Renée Melo

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I loved the Hoxton Window Project since the first time I saw it and I still can’t believe my illustrations are now on it! This is such an amazing opportunity and experience.

Having just moved to London this makes me feel even more part of it. Even if I don’t really care about football much, during world cup every Brazilian goes mad. We didn’t even have to go to school whenever there was our match on. But now the feeling is quite low because it is such a corrupt mess.

The illustration is like a goal metamorphosis. The moment we are all hoping for: the ball in the net – which then transforms and blends itself into Brazilian elements that are either holding it or stuck in it.

Under the shade of our palm trees the Christ looking over the favela. Next a famous statute from Brasilia in tribute to the workers that built the capital, and now it’s my homage to the workers building the stadiums (on the bottom) instead of schools and hospitals. And they all meet in the sidewalks of the streets of São Paulo and the beach of Copacabana where supposedly (like in football) everyone is the same.

Then there’s a thrush bird (sabiá) that represents the football players and Brazilians living away from their nest. Like myself.

It’s a very bright and fluo window, I hope people at Unit9 and Hoxton Square enjoy it and that it’ll bring good luck for our teams and our London summer.

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Greg Harris

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I really enjoyed working on this project and definitely taken a lot away from it. I’ve worked on large scales before but usually with paint. Tackling four huge windows armed with marker pens was never going to be a quick and easy task, but I guess it wouldn’t be any fun if it was quick and easy!

For a lot of people Hoxton Square has always been a kind of dog walking mecca, and this is what lead me to create my concept and design. I wanted to create something which was inspired by the animals of London. So, three huge psychedelic curled up cats later…

I guess the cats are featured, with the idea of teasing the dogs of the park, almost as if they are curled up inside the nice and cosy building while the dogs play games and chase each other around the square.

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Jose Mendez

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It has been great to take part in HWP, I just love to work in large scales. It was something I used to do when I was more into graffiti few years ago and this chance to paint the windows of UNIT9 office brought me a lot of good memories from that time. I also like the fact that people can see these two huge characters if they pass by Hoxton square.

Since I moved to London, Hoxton square has always been a place where I take a break from work. So I guess those moments inspired me.The idea, represents the two faces of Hoxton Square, on one hand is a place where you see people working hard on their computers inside their offices, but on the other hand there is this lovely special square where you can come to take a break and escape for a few minutes from the stressful life of the city.

I really enjoyed painting the windows, it’s the first time I painted on glass, and on such a big scale and I hope it won’t be the last!

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András Csuka

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Hopefully these 3 pieces on the windows of UNIT9 will bring the guys in the office a feel of festive fever.

They’re probably the three best things to do during the holiday period: Getting away from the cold winter to a hot and sunny spot and recharge your batteries. Staying indoors in a warm and cosy room and watching the rain outside and celebrating the new year in a twisted house party with friends.

It was a real pleasure to be asked to work on the Hoxton Window Project, which gave me a great opportunity to showcase my skills, and personal take on Christmas in London.


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Matteo Farinella

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In my piece for the Hoxton Window Project, I have tried to combine my own interest in neuroscience with UNIT9′s history of creating innovative digital experiences. I decided to use the 4 windows as different panels of a comic, showing the evolution human-computer interaction over the years and culminating with a surreal vision of the future. Working on such a large scale was a new challenging experience for me but one I really enjoyed.

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Ryan Chapman

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It was great to be asked to contribute to the Hoxton Window Project, its always great to get out of the studio and do something a little different from the usual practise. The main idea behind the piece I guess is the Hoxton / Shoreditch area itself, filled with a rich mix of studios and gallery’s, these large open spaces do in someways remind me of fish tanks, filled with people floating about day to day oblivious to the outside world peering in.
Also fish are really fun to draw! :)

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Animaux Circus

Creating a piece for the Hoxton Window Project was a great experience for us as a studio, the team at UNIT9 gave us the freedom to create work that reflects both our passion for murals and our love for typography in their studio. In the process we also brought a tropical summer vibe to Hoxton Square, with a big splash of colour!
We were especially interested in taking part in the HWP as we love the area, the fact that you are only minutes away from the canal, green spaces & the bustling East End – Not forgetting the unique hub of creatives and art lovers dotted about.
Bearing all of this in mind we thought it would be nice to base our piece on a quote from a poem we came across by the infamous Rudyard Kipling. ‘A River’s Tale’ is inspired by the stories of forgotten London, but we chose to create our own visual journey inspired by the direction it’s flowing in now… with a humorous twist.


Jonathan Calugi & Federico Landini

It was a great pleasure to be part of the Hoxton Window Project and to have the chance to work on an unique surface like UNIT9′s four huge windows.
Both Jonathan and I are two completely different types of creatives, and the final result is a mix between our styles; a composition of typography and illustration inspired by the the futurism art movement.
Our intention was to reinterpret/translate the typical style of that movement, yet in a new and different way, trying to explain a different concept, re-evaluating the craft and the use of hands as a fundamental part of the creative process. That’s why we decided to use only cheap and simple materials to create our artwork, such as white paper, cut by hand.
By separating the windows, we used two of them to represent a jazz band. Hidden between the paper shapes there’s a bass player and a drummer. The central window was then used for a sentence “BOODO BOOM CHA” which means “You should be dancing! Yeah!”, which is also the title of this installation.
Our mission was to create something similar to a paper curtain placed between the studio and the people outside, so that everybody could see the life of the studio inside the transparent parts of our artwork.

Dazeray

Drawing on UNIT9′s window for the Hoxton Window Project was the perfect opportunity for us to share a little of our Dazeray imaginative flare with Hoxton. We both love creating unique and intriguing characters, which is why we used each of the four windows to show off our ideas! By seperating the windows, we focused on the strength of Dazeray which is allowing the two of us to explore our own ideas, but still have a balance. The intricacies against the simple, the bold against the subtle, by focusing on our contrasts but appreciating the overall composition we were able to create a mural that has alot of individuality but also an identity that is unique to Dazeray. What you end up with is something that is striking, but fun. These four completely different characters, from a thought provoking cat to a skeleton-inhabited gameboy, are our messengers to share our crazy ideas and good times with all of Hoxton Square for the summer! It was a real pleasure to do this project and we hope people enjoy our characters as much as we did making them!