Tom Keeley works at the intersection of architecture, geography, landscape and topography through writing, research, and publishing. He is currently studying for an MA in Architectural History at the Bartlett, UCL.
Recent work has included Learning From Kilburn, a tiny experimental university that used NW6 as both curriculum and campus; and the FOMObile, an algorithmic publishing project exhibited in the Swiss Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. His writing will also feature in a forthcoming book published by the RIBA on radical forms of architectural education.
His work is in the collections of the National Art Library at the V & A, and the School of Architecture Library at Princeton University.
He is a regular critic and guest lecturer at a number of universities including the Royal College of Art, The Cass, University of the Arts, and Oxford Brookes.
Tom finds it difficult to write in the third person.
Two Walks From West to East is a commission as part of the LUCIDE conference ‘The Future of the Multilingual City’ at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The project seeks to offer a visual interpretation of the material established in the LUCIDE London research report (2014) as a means to offer new and alternate ways of exploring multilingual citizenship in London.
The two walks are routed from west to east, aligning the route to the flows and eddies of language in London parallel to the course of the Thames. The experiential map attempts to chart a new London vernacular, both in terms of dialect and architecture. One documenting where the layers of language overheard in the city become part of its physical fabric. This study is by no means comprehensive or exhaustive. It represents a certain route on certain days at a certain time.
2014 - ongoing
FOMO is a site-specific print magazine generated by an algorithm that gathers and records spoken words, social media interactions and other contextual metadata generated by a specific event or location. Content is converted into a print-ready PDF by the FOMO software and then printed, bound and distributed on the spot by the FOMObile, a collapsible mobile publishing platform.
With Space Caviar for the Salone del Mobile in Milan, also exhibited in the Swiss Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, and at Design Basel 2014.
2013 - 2014
The Neighbourhood 9 is a series of nine field recordings created as part of Chrisp Street on Air that observe and document the Lansbury Estate and the people that live and work there. Centred around Chrisp Street Market, these broadcasts will attempt to understand the mechanics of the market and the surrounding area. Each broadcast will centre on a single location, uncovering the daily workings of each site, and posing questions for its possible future.
Directed and produced in collaboration with The Decorators.
2013 - 2014
A tiny experimental university with its curriculum rooted in Kilburn, London NW6. The university uses the high road and its hinterland as a campus, occupying a number of locations for classes running from October 2013 to April 2014.
The university is about looking closely at ourselves and our surroundings, the physical, historical, political and social, in order to discuss and look at potential futures for Kilburn. The data gathered through this research will be compiled in a series of outputs over the course of the two terms, with a view to informing future decision-making in the area.
Weekly classes will study what makes Kilburn what it is. Each class will ask a single question, looking at one thing at a time in order to understand Kilburn as a whole. The university wants to know what Kilburn looks like, where it starts and finishes, how money works in Kilburn, whether Kilburn even exists, where Kilburn is going.
2012 - ongoing
Range Editions is a publishing venture interested in places; producing short-run publications, fanzines and artist’s books that are concerned with unsung geographies, everyday landscapes and overlooked architectures.
2010 - 2013
Writing and co-ordinating programmes that engage groups in critically examining the built and social environments of ‘place’ with artists, architects, writers and designers.
Previous collaborators include Bob Stanley, Daisy Froud, AOC, Mass Observation, Preston is my Paris, muf, Verity Keefe, We Made That, Tom Dyckhoff, Pie Architecture, Shumi Bose, The Decorators, and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
Do Well and Doubt Not is a fanzine for and about Tottenham. The fanzine is composed of interviews with local people, published verbatim from a series of conversations taken from walks around the area. The name of the publication comes from the discarded town motto, displayed on a coat of arms in the old Town Hall.