Talking withThomas Ermacora

  • The LimeWharf team

  • The LimeWharf is an experimental center, located in the East London’s creative quarter, that hosts artists, technologists and scientists to collaborate in residencies, think tanks gatherings and stimulating exhibitions, and engages with the public and local communities through a variety of and participatory and sensory events. 
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  • “Adhocracy”, 2013. Exhibition View

  • The Adhocracy exhibition argued that, the maximum expression of design today, is the process. The exhibition was a heterogeneous collection, embracing everything from medical innovation to cultural and political criticism, from furniture design to weapons manufacturing.
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  • David Coulter commissioned by Thomas Ermacora for the Kitchen Experiment

  • The Kitchen Experiment encourages guests to engage in lively debate and conversation, with special musical performances, commissioned events and digital installations each night. A few culinary surprises were served to trigger conversations around the future of food, particularly on topics suggesting the remediative capacities of nature.
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  • Joseph Grima and Thomas Ermacora for Adhocracy exhibition

  • The Adhocracy exhibition argued that, the maximum expression of design today, is the process. The exhibition was a heterogeneous collection, embracing everything from medical innovation to cultural and political criticism, from furniture design to weapons manufacturing.
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  • Limewharf 2020 design by Thomas Ermacora & Carmody Groarke. Render of the external view.

  • The LimeWharf is an experimental center, located in the East London’s creative quarter, that hosts artists, technologists and scientists to collaborate in residencies, think tanks gatherings and stimulating exhibitions, and engages with the public and local communities through a variety of and participatory and sensory events. 
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  • LimeWharf construction. Sketch phase

  • The LimeWharf is an experimental center, located in the East London’s creative quarter, that hosts artists, technologists and scientists to collaborate in residencies, think tanks gatherings and stimulating exhibitions, and engages with the public and local communities through a variety of and participatory and sensory events. 
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  • Limewharf 2020 design by Thomas Ermacora & Carmody Groarke. Render of the external view.

  • The LimeWharf is an experimental center, located in the East London’s creative quarter, that hosts artists, technologists and scientists to collaborate in residencies, think tanks gatherings and stimulating exhibitions, and engages with the public and local communities through a variety of and participatory and sensory events. 
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  • LimeWharf First Thursday Vyner Street. Summer 2014

  • The LimeWharf is an experimental center, located in the East London’s creative quarter, that hosts artists, technologists and scientists to collaborate in residencies, think tanks gatherings and stimulating exhibitions, and engages with the public and local communities through a variety of and participatory and sensory events. 
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  • London Contemporary Orchestra as part of the Kitchen Experiment. Curated by Thomas Ermacora

  • The Kitchen Experiment encourages guests to engage in lively debate and conversation, with special musical performances, commissioned events and digital installations each night. A few culinary surprises were served to trigger conversations around the future of food, particularly on topics suggesting the remediative capacities of nature.
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What’s your definition of rebel?

Being a rebel to me means refusing to have your cultural context, surroundings and proxies determine the criteria and values by which you define yourself and make the choices that matter most in your life. A rebel needs to do his own ideologenesis through carving moments that contradict the status quo or order by which most live around him. Far from nihilism, rebelism is a quest for freedom of expression and force for humanistic transcendence. Rebels are often associated with troublemaking. I think that is unfortunate and a trick used by establishments to undermine the authority of truly fearless and hopeful leadership. 

Who do you consider rebel?

Muhammed Ali, Bob Marley, Larry Flint, Edward Snowden, Aaron Swartz, Stefan Sagmeister, Bjarke Ingels, JR, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, David Lynch, Jehane Noujaim,... these are part of a big list of inspirational characters, some of them friends, all of which having in common a particular predisposition to assume they have the right and duty to be completely free to say what they want. They do it in ways that will bother some and exult others to be all they can be while themselves feeling fulfilled in their creative endeavours. 

What is your dream?

Inspire and co-design a series of creative villages or places of experimentation that establish a new form and norm for post modern humanism expressed in architecture, cultural imagination, ecological integration, social justice, sensorial experiences and technological innovation. In that process of making it happen and curating or producing it all, use and develop each and every one of my skills and talents as an artistic entrepreneur and creative director while learning and sharing with peers from multiple disciplines and backgrounds.

In what do you believe?

In the power of nature to amaze us every day. It takes a little bit of patience to look carefully at its wonders. Everything around us is wonderful. We lack acuity to tune in and have the vanity of being superior beings when in fact we mainly borrow and copy from the evolution of creation around us. I do believe though that we are here to do more than survive, and actually augment nature to form a collaborative super being through the fusion of technosphere and the biosphere.

Why man creates?

I think man creates to elevate himself and to build meaning in his existence having to grapple with the limits and contradictions of having a conscience.

What's the most rebel thing you've done in your life?

This question I can only answer with 2 opposite styles of risk. The first being to follow my irrationally oversized dream by actually designing and curating a cultural innovation place - the Limewharf in Hackney London. The second, getting filmed and streamed during a surprise lap dance performance from a notorious drag queen in front of hundreds of people, most of them working with me or for me to show that I will accept any challenge in my own home.

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Thomas Ermacora is an artistic and social entrepreneur, mainly known for curating and producing a range of imaginative experiments as a form of alternative environmental and social activism. He works as a iconoclast with a radical approach in the fields of architecture, film, food and technology to challenge future visions. Today he orchestrates the Limewharf, a cultural hothouse and laboratory he has designed in Hackney London which works mainly with DIY innovation and digital fabrication. Thomas is also the founder of pioneering smart urbanism non-profit Clear Village, a participatory regeneration organization upgrading existing communities across Europe.

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