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Salon de Refuse Olympique

UPDATED VERSION including VENUE CHANGE FOR FRIDAY NIGHT and an invitation to a Sunday night performance

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

An Olympian marathon of salon debates for forthcoming book documenting and highlighting critical creative 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 creative 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

Artists 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.

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

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Friday 30th September 2011
Hackney Wick (un) regulated

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.
Colin Priest. Studio Columba.
Speaker tbc. [space]
Caitlin Elster. Muf architecture/art
Benjamin Sebastian. ]performance space[
Joanna Hughes. Mother Studios.

A publicworks Friday Session.

7.30-9.30pm Electic Matchbox. 92 Whitepost Lane. Hackney Wick. E9 5EN. http://www.electricmatchbox.com
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Saturday 1st October 2011
Legacy Visions

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.
Andrew Bailes. Poet
Tim Black. Writer and journalist for spiked magazine.

11am -1pm at the View Tube
The Greenway, Stratford, London.
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Saturday 1st October 2011
Imagining the Olympics

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.

2-4pm at the View Tube
The Greenway, Stratford, London.
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Saturday 1st October 2011
Building the Dream

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.
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.’  

5-7pm at the View Tube
The Greenway, Stratford, London.
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Sunday 2nd October 2011
Military Urbanism and Surveillance

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.
James Field. Urbanist.

3-5pm at See Studio Exhibition Space
13 Prince Edward Road, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5LX.

And, to end the weekend we’ve been invited to go on to The Yard for a 6pm start of Bill Aitchkinson’s performance ‘2012’ in which he reveals sequences of facts connecting the war on terror, dog cloning, Saddam Hussein’s novels, I Ching predictions, The London Olympics and the end of the world. 2012 concerns itself with the space where conspiracy theories, propaganda, science, art and politics cross over with one another and become indistinguishable. Created in London and Beijing, 2012 blends fact with fantasy offering a snapshot of uncertainty, of where desire, and fear, lead the contemporary imagination.
‘An irresistible hour-long outdoor romp through the most wildly conceived and delusional of conspiracy theories… so good, I really did buy the T-shirt!  British Theatre Guide
 political and insanely funny. Theater der Zeit
The Yard, Unit 2, Queens Yard, White Post Lane E9 5EN

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Thanks to Andreas Lang, Isaac Marrero and Ben Campkin, all convenors ,participants and book contributors, Daren Ellis of See Studio, Rosie Murdoch and all at the View Tube, Joe and all at Electric Matchbox,Trenton Oldfield and Deepa Naik of Myrdle Court Press and This Is Not A Gateway.



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