Today I went to the Bank of Ideas to take some pictures of conversations. I took part in an interesting debate hosted by Martin Wilding Davies (see below for a brief introduction). He talked about demarchy as an alternative to Britain’s current electoral political system.
If you are free tomorrow around lunchtime I recommend you go to Second Sight.
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.
Drawing Space is an interesting initiative by Brighton artist Carolyn Bew during the Artist Open House. It is a collaborative event over three weekends. Visitors are invited to take part in a collective drawing incorporating sound and video, which will transform this empty space into an interactive environment. Each evening a video will be made of the artworks, before the walls are repainted for the following day.
Nicola Benge is involved in Fabrica’s Rendezvous Project, which is concentrating on an older audience with workshops and other activities.
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Here are some images from the Alba Londres Release Reading.
It was a great evening with an incredible selection of poets in both Spanish and English.
Tim Atkins, Gregorio Fonten, Richard Price, Alfonso Grez, were just some of them.
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