Lewisham Way Youth and Community Centre’s social networks and operational fluidities pre-empted the internet. The Community Centre became an open, decentralized platform, offering augmented reality tools in the first place. The nature of such community space is necessarily complex - a multiplicity with flows and intensities through would risk misrepresentation or misactivation within the singularity of a generic ‘offer’ or retrospective ‘community…’ designation. The space enabled meaningful community participation through it’s complimentary and interconnected networks and social bonds, without extracting such use as content.
In such reterospective social contexts, the term ‘community’ appears increasingly employed as dogmatic taxonomy, applied to anything within a closed, corporate structure. ‘Community space','Community garden' etc.
Often, social media holding pages and unqualified, retrospective intentions qualify a presubscribed, predetermined, provisional ‘community’, exclusively after the event.
In 1977 John Goto made a series of photographic portraits of young British African-Caribbeans at Lewisham Way Youth and Community Centre, where he taught evening classes in photography. John Goto’s photographs demonstrate a form of photography based on non-reciprocity that do not follow the logic of representation, but rather the logic of mutual specification, by specifying what a subject, in this space, could be.
This space enables meaningful participation through complimentary and interconnected networks and social bonds, without necessarily extracting such use as content, or social definition.
In 2017 House of Noise Ltd. made a series of Instagram posts documenting their Directors as they converted Lewisham Way Youth and Community Centre into offices for their Media Company.
Here, photography has nothing to do with meaning. It has more to do with land surveying or cartography. For example, the mapping of corporate assets or incanting a pre-determined community-yet-to-be.In these enclosed social spaces, community is a dogmatic taxonomy, applied to anything within a closed, corporate structure. Avatars for ‘creative space’, overwrite and reissue the ambient community conditions.