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What’s Happening? (published 25/09/2011)

Antonello Branca‘s 1967 documentary (via UbuWeb).

Hackney Wick Refusenik (published 23/09/2011)


Salon de Refuse Olympique
Friday 30th September – Sunday 2nd October 2011

Organised by Dr Hilary Powell, AHRC-Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts, UCL Bartlett School of Architecture

An Olympian marathon of salon debates for a forthcoming book documenting and highlighting critical responses to the official London 2012 Olympic Games site and Cultural Olympiad.

The book will be published by Myrdle Court Press in 2012 and will collect the range of critical responses that have occurred since the governing bodies choose to bid for the 2012 Games. The book will also present an overview, history and critique of the Cultural Olympiad and in doing so will argue against the corporatisation of urban space.

The critical work, projects and ideas published will be indispensable for citizens of future bidding cities.
www.myrdlecourtpress.net / www.thisisnotagateway.net

Artist and editor of the book, Hilary Powell has invited and collaborated with each convenor to produce a weekend of five salon roundtable discussions from book contributors and invited participants drawing out some of the issues within the book.

The sessions will be recorded and an edited version will form a contribution to the final book.

Full details tbc. Please contact hilary@hilarypowell.com for more information and to RSVP.

Salon 1: Hackney Wick (un) regulated
Friday 30th September 2011
7.30-9.30pm ]performance space[, 6 Hamlet Industrial Estate, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5EN

Hackney Wick is a place transformed by the Olympics. What was described as an unregulated landscape has been transformed by the Olympics into one of the most highly regulated landscapes possible. The changing characters of Hackney Wick have inspired the work of many artists, curators and commissioners. Hackney Wick un-regulated invites a selected number of practitioners who have worked with Hackney Wick across this phase of transformation to critically examine changes in motivation, praxis and outlook.

Led by Andreas Lang of public works and Wick Curiosity Shop

Participants so far include:
Rowan Durrant. Artist and recipient of muf ‘Made In Hackney Wick’ commission.
Colin Priest. Founder of Studio Columbia interdisciplinary design studio.[space] studios
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A publicworks Friday Session.

Salon 2: Legacy Visions
Saturday 1st October 2011
11am -1pm at the View Tube
The Greenway, Stratford, London.

The very word ‘legacy’ is perhaps the most discussed and doubted area of Olympic project. This discussion bringing together various projects within the book that question and examine the idea of legacy from analysis and speculation to visionary dystopias and alternative propositions.

Led by Iain MacRury, Director of London East Research Institute, UEL and author with Gavin Poynter of ‘Olympic Cities: 2012 and the Remaking of London’ (2009, Ashgate, London).

Participants so far include:
Oliver Goodall. Member of Architecture/Design studio ‘We Made That.’
Juliet Davis. Research Fellow. Cities programme, LSE.
Jayne Hogan. Writing on Value and Legacy
Oliver Wainwright. Architectural writer, critic and designer and member of Studio Superniche.

Salon 3: Picturing Place: the London Olympic Park Viewed Through Photography
Saturday 1st October 2011
2-4pm at the View Tube
The Greenway, Stratford, London.

This salon discussion brings together an eclectic body of photographers who have been producing work featuring the spaces of the future Olympic Park. These photographers, all contributors to the book, will debate their own and each others’ work in relation to the official imaging of the site and the Cultural Olympiad. The overall aim will be to consider the agency of photographic images in urban change, considering photographs as documents, provocations and representations of sites in transition.

This salon is a collaboration with ‘Picturing Place’ an interdisciplinary research project critically exploring the role of images and image-production in processes of urban change. http://www.picturingplace.net

Participating photographers include:
Chris Dorley-Brown.
Alessandra Chila.
David George.
Peter Marshall.
Giles Price.
Gesche Wuerfel.

Led by Dr Ben Campkin, Director of UCL Urban Laboratory.

Salon 4: Building the Dream
Saturday 1st October 2011
5-7pm at the View Tube
The Greenway, Stratford, London.

Examining the tension between inside and outside both in terms of officially commissioned projects and those (of which the book is primarily made up of) operating outside of this framework and between the park site and its hinterlands through an idea of the ‘fringe’ and infringements both culturally and physically. Led by Anna Hart who leads AIR, a research, teaching and commissioning studio at Central Saint Martins which explores a durational relationship between artist and site. (http://www.archwayinvestigationsandresponses.org/)

Participants so far include:

Tim Abrahams. Journalist and writer.
Jes Fernie. Curator and writer. Associate, Art in the Open.
Adriana Marquez. Principle Advisor. Arts and Cultural Strategy, ODA.
Tomas Klassnik of Klassnik Corporation. ODA commissioned artist.
Neville Gabie. Artist, currently ODA Artist in Residence.
Nina Pope. Artist and partner in Somewhere with Karen Guthrie. 2011 ODA commissioned artist for ‘Inside Out.’

Salon 5: Military Urbanism and Surveillance
Sunday 2nd October 2011
3-5pm at See Studio Exhibition Space
13 Prince Edward Road, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5LX.

The Olympic event rests on the production of a clean, blank space, shielded from the city, its history and the possibility of dissensus. This absolute space is, in the case of London 2012, protected by military-grade security –including an electrified fence and intensive CCTV surveillance. This salon brings together artists who have challenged, and even penetrated, this space of reinforced consensus. Their work, making use of a wide array of tactics, confronts the attempt to regulate what can be seen, said, or thought brought about by the mega-event.

Convened by Anna Minton, journalist, writer and author of ‘Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the 21st Century City.’ (To be republished in 2011)

Co-organised by Isaac Marrero, post doctoral research fellow at Birkbeck College with the project ‘The militant city: art & politics in the Olympic city’ (http://themilitantcity.wordpress.com)

Participants include:

Isaac Marrero. Researcher.
Giles Price. Photographer.
Laura Oldfield-Ford. Artist, Savage Messiah.
Jim Woodall. Artist.
Stephen Cornford. Artist.

Henri Lefebvre and Planetary Urbanization
Annual Lecture
UCL Urban Laboratory, CITY and UCL Bartlett School of Planning.
5 October 2011, 18.15.
UCL Christopher Ingold Auditorium, 20 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AJ
Public lecture – all welcome. No RSVP necessary – first-come, first-served.

In Le droit a la ville and La revolution urbaine Henri Lefebvre projected the urban trajectory of his day into the Sci-Fi imaginary of Isaac Asimov’s remarkable Foundation saga. Lefebvre had already begun hinting at a new reality: not just of expanding cities, nor even of a new urban reality, but something vaster and more immense again: planetary urbanization.

Today, four decades on, Asimov’s extraterrestrial universe seems closer than ever to home: planetary urbanization is creating a whole new spatial world (dis)order. But how to reclaim the shapeless, formless, and apparently boundless metropolis as a theoretical object and political object of progressive struggle?

Dr Andy Merrifield’s recent publications have included Metromarxism: A Marxist Tale of the City (2002), Guy Debord (2005), Henri Lefebvre: A Critical Introduction (2006) and Magical Marxism: Subversive Politics and the Imagination (2011).

This lecture will be the third in a series jointly organised by UCL Urban Laboratory and the journal CITY with the support of the Bartlett School of Planning.


Obligatory post to justify the review copy (published 22/09/2011)

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