This year Uddin & Elsey will launch a two-year research project, to be presented at the Whitstable Biennale 2012, that will investigate and consider individual histories and politics of both people and place. We plan to navigate a route through Europe and attempt to critically engage with the following five towns and its communities that are twinned with Whitstable, Kent: Albertslund, Denmark; Borken, Germany; Dainville, France; Molndal, Sweden and Ricany, Czech Republic. Town twinning was set up after the Second World War in Europe as a means to aid the reconciliation process.
This blog will follow Uddin & Elsey as they travel to the twin towns of Whitstable, to engage with local people and initiate dialogue. We hope to create a series of site-related works that will be documented and made accessible through this blog. The process will explore alliances between groups of people across borders and attempt to negotiate different forms of cultural exchange through collective experience.