#diisonance documentary film

A short documentary on the #diisonance project of exhibitions, events and workshop by Steve Ryan & paul hawkins. Filmed and edited by Mark van Klaveren for 612 media, it features Steve & paul talking about their past and putting their ghosts of Claremont Road to rest. It also features soundtrack excerpts from the short film, Blight by John Smith & Jocelyn Pook.

#diisonance event this Friday


The final diisonance collaborative event during the exhibition at The Gallery Cafe is this Friday ​September 29: hesterglock press // caplet collaboration @ The Gallery Cafe, 21 Old Ford Rd, London E2 poetry & dialogue w/ Jonathan Mann, Jude Cowan Montague,
Matti Spence, Amy Mcauley, Iris Colomb & paul hawkins and there ‘s improvised sounds from The Happy Couple.

diisonance book out now

diisonance is out NOW


diisonance was initially based on a series of responses to Place Waste Dissent by Steve Ryan. The book contains artworks by Steve Ryan & paul hawkins, as well as new, collaborative & experimental poetry by Sarer Scotthorne, Miggy Angel, Andrew Jeffrey, Janine Ellul, Roy McFarlane, Linda Kemp, Rowan Evans, Leire Barrera, Dan Eltringham, Seni Seneviratne, Emteaz Hussain, paul hawkins, George Askwith, and Arts on the Run members Passy Kulmisli, Vertaa Lune, Maachouq Hamza & Mark Wood.

Published in a strictly limited edition paperback £9.55 + p&p
and a pc/laptop/mobile/tablet friendly pdf for £2.99.
Click here to buy diisonance.

Diisonance artwork

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Diisonance ©Steve Ryan/paul hawkins 2017

each image is in a ltd. edition of 5
A3 digitally colour printed
on 300gsm cotton white archival paper and framed

price per print £100.00 + postage worldwide

please email paul : hesterglock at gmail dot com

June 21 – 24 Diisonance exhibition/events at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield



September 1 – 30 Diisonance exhibition/events at St. Margarets House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PL​ more details tba


Diisonance exhibition/events



​october 2016: work started on a new collaboration, Diisonance, with London based artist Steve Ryan

Driven forward by scary monsters, haunted by the notion of chaos, London artist Steve Ryan’s work tries to pin down the slippery essence of ’the stuff’. Peripatetic by design, he’s recently experienced the joy of being tethered which has grounded him long enough to start production of a project over 30 years in the making, and with a bit of luck it will be finished in a little less time, but probably not. Some of steve’s photography featured in Place Waste Dissent

June 21 – 24 Diisonance exhibition at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield

Diisonance is a collaboration. Part of a jigsaw, the genesis of which is shared experiences; Steve and paul met in the early nineties in Claremont Road, east London when squatting in Claremont Road, east London. They’ve tried to piece together the past from the future, making sense of the ghosts that stay with them and the trust they offer one another helps clarify the feelings of confusion and love for their entwined topics; faltering, broken and rebuilt many times over. paul has written extensively on his experiences of squatting/protesting against the building of the M11 Link Road through east London, most recently in Place Waste Dissent (Influx Press 2015), which ‘plots the run-off, rackets and 90’s resistance to the proposed M11 Link Road; text experiments and collage from Claremont Road to Cameron. Memory traces re-surface the A12’ which features Steve’s photography. In Diisonance Steve’s starting point is a 21st century response to the collage/text of Place Waste Dissent and/or/with further memory travels. paul tries to look to the future in responding to Steve’s response to paul’s response(s), peacing the past from the future.

June 23

paul hawkins and poet/musician Rowan Evans will run a workshop on experimental, collaborative poetry on Friday 23rd June from 2:00pm – 4:30pm. It’s open to all and costs £5.00. Participants will be encouraged to produce new, collaborative work in that moment and invited to join five pairs of collaborating writers in a free Diisonance event in the evening featuring performances of new collaborative poetry generated with the theme of Diisonance in mind.

All new work generated around Diisonance events will be published in a book by Hesterglock Press.

​Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

You’ve got to be choking . . .

Produced in 1994 and winner of Okomedia festival (Germany 1994). Made by Undercurrents, thanks Paul O’Connor for sharing.PWD_page141LR

The M11 link road protest was a major anti-road protest in Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom, in the early to mid-1990s opposing the construction of the “A12 Hackney to M11 link road”, also known as the M11 Link Road, which was part of a significant local road scheme to connect traffic from the East Cross Route to the M11, avoiding urban streets.

The road had been proposed since the 1960s, as part of the London Ringways, and was an important link between central London and the Docklands to East Anglia. However, road protests elsewhere had become increasingly visible, and urban road building had fallen out of favour with the public. Local Member of Parliament Harry Cohen had been a vocal opponent of this scheme.

The protests reached a new level of visibility during 1993 as part of a grassroots campaign where protesters came from outside the area to support local opposition to the road. The initial focus was on the removal of a tree on George Green, east of Wanstead, that attracted the attention of local, then national media. The activity peaked in 1994 with several high-profile protesters setting up micronations on property scheduled for demolition, most notably on Claremont Road in Leyton. The final stage of the protest was a single building on Fillebrook Road in Leytonstone, which, due to a security blunder, became occupied by squatters.

The road was eventually built as planned, and opened to traffic in 1999, but the increased costs involved in management and policing of protesters raised the profile of such campaigns in the United Kingdom, and contributed to several road schemes being cancelled or reviewed later on in the decade. Those involved in the protest moved on to oppose other schemes in the country, while opinions of the road as built have since been mixed. By 2014, the road had become the ninth most congested in the entire country.