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Published on Jul 21, 2009
This is one for anyone who appreciates alternative holiday making! My mate Erik designed this portable super-hammock-thing (referred to as "the tree tent" although not developed as far as to have any roof at this stage). He was very interested in making more use of trees, and the idea of urban camping in trees, so when I said I was going to London, he was keen for me to try the thing out there. My visit also happened to coincide with a large event at the Area 10 artist space in Peckham, where similar designs were being exhibited, so I was given the assignment of camping in a tree in central London before handing the "tent" over to Dimitri and Joel from Area 10. If it hadn't been for the fact that I lost my passport, and couldn't get home to Norway when planed, I would never have taken the time to visit Area 10 and attend the event. Fate had it that I did get to see the event, and to meet some of the wonderful and creative dudes behind the project in Peckham, and I have since been back with other projects from Bergen and the Wrap arts centre. I chose to camp in London Fields because I lived in that neighbourhood for several years and The Pub On The Park seemed like a very appropriate place to meet the people from Area 10. Before I got to the park I went out to an event at the ICA with my mate Paul, who tried to persuade me against the tree tent thing. He thought someone would probably kill me. I know people have been killed around there - but seriously people: London isn't that dangerous if you know half the score. Yep - this ones an oldie!