Dougald Hine

Other projects

Besides these larger projects, I have been involved in all kinds of other collaborations and conspiracies.

Ideas which didn't go as far, or which were always intended to be small and playful, as well as wonderful schemes which others carried and I was lucky to play a part in.

Here are some of the most memorable examples:

  • DIWO at the Dark Mountain (2009-10) was a mail art project across physical and digital networks, taking the Dark Mountain manifesto as its starting point. This was a collaboration with Furtherfield.org and was followed by an exhibition at HTTP gallery. For the exhibition opening, I staged a reenactment of a mailing list clash which had dominated the opening week of the project.
  • The Treehouse Gallery (2009) was a magical encampment on the shores of Regents Park boating lake. Two large treehouses and a series of smaller structures became a temporary village for the summer. I helped organise the gallery's talks programme and spent the summer hanging out in the trees.
  • Pirate Day (2009) was an adventure conceived by my friend Tim Concannon and played with the assistance of Warhorse Theatreworks and The Oxford Waits. Our party raided central London, before converging on the Treehouse Gallery.
  • Tea (and other rituals) in the Park (2009) was a weekly gathering in St James Park, London, which ran from Easter to the end of August. Come rain or shine, we met in the same spot under the trees, half way between the Queen's front doorstep and the Prime Minister's back porch, on a site which has been both Royal menagerie and garden of debauch.
  • Signpostr (2009) was a stab at creating an online network for those leaving education into the worst job market for a generation, based on a blog post I wrote in early 2009.
  • The London School of Art & Business (2006) began as an invitation from Charlie Davies to thirty people he thought were doing interesting things on the margins of art or business. For six months from Valentine's Day, 2006, we met for one day a month at various locations to explore what kind of school we might create - or might already be. The group that went on to found School of Everything came together through LSAB.
  • MATILDA (2005-6) was a grassroots social and community centre in an old factory in Sheffield city centre.
  • Pick Me Up (2004-6) was an email magazine which came out on Friday afternoons, with the aim of inspiring you to do something more interesting than check your inbox on a Friday afternoon. To tell a story, you had to have got involved in making something happen, then share what you had learned in a way that others could use. I was one of the gang of editors that produced Pick Me Up - and the DIY section of this site is a bit of an homage to it.
  • Rice for Dinner (2005) was a response to the visit of the G8 justice ministers to Sheffield in June, 2005, three weeks before the Gleneagles summit.
  • The Vortex Project (2004-5) was a scheme to create a centre for "the non-utopian cultural, political and spiritual imagination" in one end of an old factory in a village in Normandy. We were very lucky to be derailed before we'd succeeded in burdening ourselves with a building.