Honey Jones Hughes

publieke ruimte - documentair - educatie - sociaal-maatschappelijk - uitwisseling

My approach to art-making is research-based, working through learning processes, and often borrowing techniques more attuned to anthropological studies. My work gathers collections of different elements, including video, conversations, interviews, workshops and text which curate snapshots into lives, places, or social groups at particular moments in time. These collections manifest as an exploration of place-making through micro-archives of interactions, which question where we are and how we live here.

Since 2020 I have been collaborating with Antonio de la Hera, mapping the production, processing and distribution of edible produce within and surrounding the city of Rotterdam. We are currently building a body of research concerning the surrounding agricultural sector, defining ethics in food production, and questioning locality and scale. Working through thoughts of sustainability, local resources, regenerative agriculture, in addition to personally thinking on project legacies and how projects can be used rather than viewed.


BUURTIJS Archive - image: Screengrab of BUURTIJS interactive online archive coded with P5.JS. Hand-drawn and digitally scanned drawing, mapping the decisions made and questions raised during the BUURTIJS project. BUURTIJS(2020-22) is a project and archive of the production, processing and distribution of local produce. For 18 months we produced and distributed ice cream made with 100% organic and local ingredients. We recorded interviews with producers, analysed food waste, performed public taste tests, and questioned food politics. View the archive here: www.buurtijs.eu
BUURTIJS - image: our third-hand, revamped cargo bike from which fresh, local and organic ice cream is transported and sold with a story. Here the bike is stationed outside the studio of a local beekeeper, who gave us some honey for these flavours. The beehives are about 20 minutes cycling from our kitchen. The nuts are from trees that grow on the pasture the cows graze on, around 45 minutes away.
BUURTIJS - image: cows grazing at Hoeve Ackerdijk, our local organic dairy farm managed by farmer Bas and his family, who have been here for 600 years. Hoeve Ackerdijk is around a 45 minute cycle from the kitchen where we were making the ice cream.
BUURTIJS - image: a scoop of strawberry and elderflower sorbet. Both the strawberries and the elderflower came from near the Oude Maas, a 50 minute cycle from the kitchen where we were making the ice cream. The sugar is from sugarbeets farmed and refined in the same area, a little further down the river in Puttershoek. The water is filtered by the municipality from the river next to the kitchen at Paviljoen... aan het Water
W1555 – Conversations with an Accidental Community - A documentary-style video work about the community living between numbers 15 and 55 on Wolphaertstraat, Oud Charlois. Initiated by Honey Jones-Hughes, a resident in this community for the last three years, the conversations take place during a period of renovation, where the homes of her and her neighbours are being rebuilt as part of a project by Woonstad Rotterdam. The film explores the histories of these houses, the residents, and the hopes for the future of this community in a state of flux. With thanks to all my neighbours in W1555, Geo Wyeth + Jay Tan, Kamiel Verschuren, Sol Archer, Antonio de la Hera, Jeanette Orrell, Steffan Jones-Hughes. Soundtrack by : NEWK, listentomerijn Sound recorded and mixed by Nick Thomas With thanks to the support of a CBK Rotterdam PPR Grant, Mondriaan Fonds, and Charlois Speciaal.
PEOPLE MAKE THE CITY - A third re:staging of the game METROPOLIS MASTERS! online invited by Rumpus Room in Glasgow to participate in their programme Spaces of Collective Dreaming & Care.
A New Rotterdam - Re:staging of METROPOLIS MASTERS! game for ‘What Makes Us Feel at Home’ invited by curator Nicola Ciancio at Paviljoen aan het Water, Rotterdam. Adaptation of previous project Metropolis Masters! Where participants were invited to think through a redesign of the city of Rotterdam around her existing body of water. With thanks to participants: Nicola Ciancio, Simone da Pozzo, Daniel Tuomey, Katherine MacBride, Sol Archer, Daniel Fogarty, Larisa David, Amelie Jakubek, Bergur Thomas Anderson, Tracy Hanna, Vlada Predelina, Collette Rayner, and Josje Hattink.
METROPOLIS MASTERS! - A workshop in urban planning or a game where participants work around the existing waterways of a place while imagining future needs that may arise out of changing world, such as higher water, warmer (or colder!) climates, new types of local flora and fauna, and urban innovation. The city-scaping is frequently interrupted by the ‘game masters’ with new events and interjections such as natural disasters, funding cuts, other changes in social and economic policy. Participants are invited to role-play ways out of each scenario that comes their way in collaboration while collectively building a sculpture. With special thanks to: Bernd Krauß and Daniel Tuomey Documented by: Marta Hryniuk At W_lf_rt Project Space, Rotterdam. Played by: Nick Thomas, Daphne Simons, Jake Caleb, Annabelle Binnerts, Jakob Forster, Matheline Marmy, Teddy Coste, Josie Perry, Jamie Kane, Angelica Falkeling, Jānis Dzirnieks, Jacco Jansen, Dieuwke Eggink.
Water-Path - For Glasgow Open House Festival 2017 (in collaboration with Fronde) A participatory and performative walk exploring Glasgow's canal system for Glasgow Open House Festival 2017 (in collaboration with Fronde). Exploring, storytelling and discussing the similarities between Glasgow (Scotland) &; Venice (Italy). Glasgow’s canal runs alongside Murano Street. Which was historically the site of glass factories, boat yards, and was the centre of industry in the city, but now it is considered a dangerous, and neglected part of the city, and the focus of urban renewal policies. Water-Path explored the ways in which Glasgow's past, it's recent history and it's reputation has defined areas such as Maryhill, what used to be known as Glasgow's 'Little Venice'. With thanks to: Camilla Crosta, Fronde and Meg Roberts.
10 Kitchens, 10 Stories - 10 Kitchens, 10 Stories was part of Fronde's Public Art Residency, where I spent my time meeting 10 people, in 10 Venetian Kitchens. We shared conversations, discussing the politics of life in Venice. The project explored and documented, though audio recordings of conversations, scripts, photographs, workshops, aperitif and dinners, and readings the intimate lives of Venetians, and exposed the issues and problems that effect them. The project resulted in a solo exhibition at Metricubi. With thanks to Camilla Crosta, Fronde, and those involved in the project: Lucio, Christine, Beatrice, Laila, Anna, Guglielmo, Marco, Jane, Mattia, and Susanna.