Monday, 26 July 2010

Transparency and the City Exhibition - Opening Night

The footage above is from the opening night of the recent exhibition Transparency and the City: Public Spaces or Forgotten Places? that I co-organised with Mark from Dancing Eye and the brilliant photographer Jon Spencer. This ran for two weeks from the 21st of June as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2010.

In the Shadows of the Crystal Palace

The image above is a photograph of the work Mark and I presented as part of our ongoing collaboration called In The Shadows of the Crystal Palace. Background information about the project can be found in an earlier post on this blog here.

Many thanks to Christina, Hwei Fan, Bradley and all of the Urban Exploration // Behind the Scene crew who accepted our invitations to participate.

Thanks also to all those who helped us organise the event or who attended. Finally, many thanks to Alan Baxter & Associates who hosted the event at their gallery in Farringdon.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the next one!

Friday, 2 July 2010

RSA Animate - Crises of Capitalism

In the video above Marxist geographer and urbanist David Harvey offers an overview of his recent research into the current economic crisis: The Enigma of Capital and the Crisis of Capital. Key for Harvey is the idea that 'capitalism never solves its crisis problems', rather 'it moves them around geographically'.

This excellent video is the most recent in a of a series produced by the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). Like the videos on TED these are designed to make new ideas and research accessible to the public. In the case of the RSA animations

Those interested in learning more about the Marxist ideas informing Harvey's analysis are encouraged to visit his website which includes a course of 13 video lectures on Marx's Capital: Volume 1.

The animation above is an abridged version of the full RSA hosted lecture which can be found here.