An Olympian marathon of salon debates documenting and highlighting critical creative responses to the official London 2012 Olympic Games site and Cultural Olympiad. This 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 will be published as an indispensable resource for citizens of future bidding cities. Artists and editor of the forthcoming book book, Hilary Powell have 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 a book to be published by Myrdle Court Press in 2012 of collected critical creative responses to the 2012 Games.
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Hackney Wick (un) regulated – Friday 30th September 2011. 7.30-9.30pm, 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 www.publicworksgroup.net and Wick Curiosity Shop www.wickcuriosityshop.net. 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 – Muf architecture/art – ]performance space[ http://www.performancespace.org
Legacy Visions – Saturday 1st October 2011. 11am -1pm at the View Tube. The Greenway, Stratford, London. http://www.theviewtube.co.uk/
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.
Imagining the Olympics – 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. 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. The salon is inspired by extends and feeds into the collaborative project ‘Picturing Place’ an interdisciplinary research project which critically explores the role of images and image-production in processes of urban change.http://www.picturingplace.net
Led by Dr Ben Campkin, Director of UCL Urban Lab and assistant director of Architectural Research at the Bartlett School of Architecture whose interdisciplinary research investigates processes and representations of urban and architectural degradation and regeneration.
Participating photographers include: Chris Dorley-Brown – Alessandra Chila – David George – Peter Marshall – Giles Price – Gesche Wuerfel.
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.’
Military Urbanism and Surveillance – Sunday 2nd October 2011. 3-5pm at See Studio Exhibition Space, 13 Prince Edward Road, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5LX. http://www.seestudio.com/
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.