5th May- 6th May 2011
13 Prince Edward Rd
The Olympics can arguably be described as a laboratory for the
neoliberal city utopia; after all, the Games represent the success
of a brand and an event based on a combination of massive urban
renewal, dodgy governance, hugely profitable advertising and
broadcasting contracts, the corporatisation and militarisation of
public space, and the criminalisation of dissent.
The Olympics depend, to a large scale, on their ability to operate on a clean, consensual space: without history, without discontents, without opposition. The Olympic Park is the fantasy of such space, Jim Woodall's Olympic State installation, currently on show at See Studio Exhibition Space, is one of its disruptions.
The Olympics Games is the strategic occupation of the social and economic space of the city, but they allow, or even invite, for a tactical response. The goal of this 24h marathon of activities, echoing the 24hr surveillance of the site, is to bring together artists, activists and researchers challenging the Olympic dream.
We wish to amplify Jim Woodall's radical gesture by summoning an
assemblage of talks, films, interventions, performances and
concerts which are part of the myriad of militant productions
taking place in the city right now.
In particular, we are interested in exploring the dynamics of urban renewal brought to East London by the Olympics and the issue of surveillance and control of public space. This 24 hour event aims at providing a generous and welcoming space for discussion. Join us for an evening, a night, a morning or a day - or stay up for the whole marathon...
24 HOUR OLYMPIC STATE is curated by Isaac Marrero, Cristina Garrido and Jim Woodall
You can download the press release here
Thursday 5th May 18:00 - Friday 6th May 17:59
SEE STUDIO EXHIBITION SPACE
13 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD,
020 8986 6477
Barbeque beautifully prepared and served by 'The Sit Down Affair'.