2012 Highlights

Isaac Marrero-Guillamon

31 May 2012

Art of Dissent

Isaac Marrero is post-doctoral research fellow at Birkbeck undertaking a two-year project entitled ‘The Militant City’ investigating the role of art in the configuration of spaces of dissent in relation to the Olympic mega-event.

Abstract: ‘The Art of Dissent: Adventures in London’s Olympic State’ brings together a body of work that has emerged in response to the arrival of the Olympics in East London.

Artists, writers, film makers, academics, photographers and activists intervene in the dominant discourse, language and images of regeneration and the Games. The book examines both the political economy of the mega-event and the silenced history of Lower Lea valley, making a powerful case against the politics of erasure and the corporatisation of urban space. Issues of land grab, displacement, military urbanism and exceptional measures of legal protection are explored through essays, images, poetry, fiction and installations.