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Lost and found

Bureau of Lost and Found
Up Projects
Totally Thames Festival
2014

Emily Tracy and Lizzy Hobbs created  ‘Bureau of Lost and Found’ which was presented during Totally Thames Festival  with Up Projects.  The artists transformed the interior of the Floating Cinema into an imaginary lost property agency for lost and found articles from the Thames shoreline. 

Participants were allowed rare access to the Thames foreshore with historians from The Museum of London. They were invited to search for items along the shore, which included anything from Roman pot shards to modern day objects. The Bureau hosts welcomed participants on board the boat and invited them to share  or examine mud-larking finds with them. The hosts handed out the official paperwork, asking for a drawn record of  findings, and imagining the story that may have brought the item to the shores of the Thames. The participatory process inspired visitors to imagine who may have owned it, how far it had travelled and how it ended up in the river in order that it could be re claimed by it’s owner. The process was an amusing journey through bureaucracy, forms, rubber stamps and carbon paper, alongside accurate archival observation and drawing.

The artists held an evening animation workshop for adults and residents of St Katherine Docks, with a talk by Museum of London Archeology. Participants created flip book animations of finds from the foreshore.

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