Talks and Events

Launch of Alba Londres 2

We are happy to invite everyone to the launch of Alba Londres 2

The project Alba is very similar in its different locations; nonetheless, we would like to introduce an outline about our particularities because we organise ourselves in an autonomous way. In Alba Londres we find and promote links between the Spanish and Hispano-American culture and the Anglo-Saxon one. We work with different languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Gallego, Euskera, English, etc. We publish original translations and we are interested in poetry.

Given the spread presence of our culture in London and given the influences, references and interferences happening on a daily basis in the linguistic-literary field as well as the artistic and intellectual, we believe that Alba Londres will fill a void at the same time that will arouse creation.


Organised by the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre
The event will take place on the 16th of December
From 7.30pm to 9pm
Room 624 in Birkbeck main building
University of London
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX


I went to Photofusion’s Annual Members Photography Show lat night. The show is gaining a reputation for showcasing a diversity of approaches and genres from photographers based in London and further afield. This year continues the collaboration with Hotshoe Magazine which includes the Hotshoe Photofusion Award”.

The evening went smoothly and I saw some interesting work. Below are some examples.


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LEFT © Eva Stenram | RIGHT © Judith Lyons
Alison MaCauley
© Alison McCauley
Jo Phipps
© Jo Phipps

Really exiting exhibition I went to last Friday. The most interesting thing is behind the scenes.

Emerging from curator-artist dialogues and the contributions of a group of selected events curators and guest writers, a series of related events and texts has evolved for both the gallery space and online forums.

The works in the gallery exhibition take inspiration from popular culture, sculpture, archival processes and notions of ritual. Through reflective approaches, references to other cultural disciplines and a sense of humour, the works question the veracity of documentation and transcend assumptions about the medium of photography.

This is an innovative collaborative effort of curators, artists and writers that have worked together for months and on a number of platforms before the show.

More info on the website:

Armchair Critics

Fabrica’s regular forum for informal debate hosted by artist Lorenza Ippolito and followed by a Utopian Walk through the city.

Melanie Manchot’s film work Celebration (Cyprus Street) shows us a modern day street party in East London. As a portrayal of a multi-cultural community at ease with itself and re-enacting an old and important social ritual it depicts a kind of Utopia.

The idea of Utopia – a perfectly constructed place where the social infrastructure enables individuals to be at their best for the good of everybody – has had currency since the Enlightment. Since Thomas More’s first use of the word in 1516 to the present day, our desire to organise ourselves according to a religious, economic, political or ecological ideal is clear, and is generally accepted as a good, even noble endeavour.

But whose idea of a better society is it? Who gets to decide what we should aspire to as individuals and as communities? And what is the ideal community anyway? Isn’t the dream of one social group another’s nightmare?

Join Lorenza Ippolito and her guest Richard Parker to talk about Utopias, Dystopias and the reality of living together.