Degeneration by Human Endeavour.

noun
the state or process of being or becoming degenerate; decline or deterioration: overgrazing has caused serious degeneration of grassland.
• Medicine deterioration and loss of function.
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‘Degeneration’ is an on-going project between four photographers Alex Currie, Simon Carruthers, Oliver Perrott and Richard Chivers, produced and curated from inception as a whole body of work, it currently incorporates the metropolitan conurbations of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Salford, Sheffield, Birmingham, Cardiff, London and Portsmouth.
With ‘Degeneration’ being a research led project, the objective is to take a critical look at the state of housing and regeneration in the 21st century, and the implications and complex nuances this may have on some of the poorest in society, reliant upon social housing. After several decades of neglect, consecutive governments have overseen the gradual demise and disappearance of social housing, due to ‘Right To Buy’ and a lack of new housing stock built, arguably fuelling the necessity to own rather than let that has instigated the artificial inflation of the housing market. This opens up many questions as to why this was allowed to happen, has fuelled the rise in homelessness and poverty and left the majority of people living in social housing trapped in so called ‘sink estates’.
As the project has evolved we have become interested in ideas of displacement and a loss of community or sense of place.
Over the next few months we will be using this blog to present some of our work and research from the different locations we have investigated.
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The Boot Estate. Norris Green. liverpool. 2010. Oliver Perrott.
Bucksburn Road, Springburn, Glasgow. 2010. Alex Currie
Heygate Estate, London, 2010. Simon Carruthers.
The Rowner Estate, Gosport, Portsmouth. 2009. Richard Chivers.
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