Screening of Cleansing the Silicon Roundabout
Sunday 8th May
Between 7pm – 7:45pm
Part of: Out of the Rubble – an evening of short films, discussion and debate about the future of public space in Deptford.
As works begin on transforming Old Street roundabout we thought it was worth returning to this documentary produced in 2013 as a response to the now scaled back redevelopment originally proposed by David Cameron and Boris Jonson.
Film by: Chris Jack, Sasha Scott, and John Wild. Featuring performance by Robin Bale
Even Salon: Either/Or
In Either/Or the principle of exclusivity undergoes détournement by a diverse range of invited participants. Either celebrate its brutal 2-state logic cutting across a stacked earth, or contest such sovereignty in precipitating each uncanny flip or flop glimpsed struggling against its slitted foreclosure. KISS!! In an evening of unemployable expenditure, from the trauma of the binary to its ontic co-constituency, Either/Or includes talks and performances by:
± Annabelle Stapleton-Crittenden
± Claude Heiland-Allen
± CODED GEOMETRY
± Daniel Rourke
± David Cunningham
± Jahan Nazeer
± Jennifer Boyd
± JeongEun Park
± Mari Ohno
± Ryo Ikeshiro
± Stephen Cornford
April 30th 2016
Doors open 7:30pm (’til late!)
Apiary Studios, Hackney.
<< The Hauntology of Technical objects :: Hackney Séance >>
Date :: 26 April 2016
Time :: 10 pm
Meet :: Bohemia Place, Hackney (Map)
Cities are haunted by ghosts. Past events linger within space. The subterranean Hackney Brook follows the path of the railway bridge as it flows under Mare Street. Bohemia Place, a small row of railway arches running to its left was the landing site of a second world war parachute mine, leaving a scar on the landscape that continues to effect the present.
Ghosts and spectres fascinated Friedrich Kittler. He perceived electricity’s displacement of the dead from the book and into technically reproducible media. He found them within the disembodied voices of the radio broadcasts and made the claim that ghosts, a.k.a. media, cannot die at all (Kittler, 1999, p.130). Donna Haraway was aware that, Pre-cybernetic machines could be haunted; there was always the spectre of the ghost in the machine. This dualism structured the dialogue between materialism and idealism that was settled by a dialectical progeny, called spirit or history, according to taste. (Haraway, 1991, p.152). Kittler’s invoking of ghosts is coupled with his construction of comprehensive media genealogies that link contemporary technologies to a technological a priori, often rooted within in the battlefields of world war n+1, but making its presence known in the technological everyday of the present. The spectres in Kittler’s genealogies are not those of humans; they are autonomous technological spectres that form their own anti-humanist hauntings.
Join us for a séance that ritualistically linked the site of a second world war bomb, the intersection of the underground Hackney Brook and the railway bridge passing over Mare Street and the technological ghosts haunting the Oystercard readers at Hackney train station.
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Circumstances too complicated to explain lead to me waking on Easter Sunday alone in a Travelodge on the outskirts of Milton Keynes.
A minimalist single room with eggshell blue walls, an open hanging rail for clothes, a desk supporting a kettle with a collection of individually packaged teas and coffees, and a single bed positioned to face a 65” wall mounted flat screen TV.
The windows looked out onto a Motorway intersection leaving me with no illusion; I was nowhere, marooned, with a constant flow of vehicles passing, moving between places with the vindictive aim of emphasising my predicament. Even Easter Sunday hadn’t altered the relentless flow all heading elsewhere.
Recognising that I would not be able to continue my journey until the morning I switched on the TV. A fault with the hotel’s satellite receiver had rendered all the channels blank with the exception of one that was receiving a disrupted signal.
Competing images overlaid each other: sections disintegrating into psychedelic digital interference. The channel was undecipherable in any conventional sense, yet somehow compelling.
Broken fragments of religious iconography, a cross in the centre, a close up of burning candles, the outline of a figure in ceremonial robes, features morphing in a process of RGB fractal degeneration, geometric disturbances punctured organic forms and revealed a gathered congregation.
Fragmented Images obscured the reading of a coherent totality, yet the interference reconstituted pieces into alluring sequences, producing a new whole, possibly a new religion.
A jolly earcon, Popcorn I think, distracted my attention from the screen and towards my phone. Breaking news,
‘Pakistani Taliban faction Jamaat ul-Ahrar says Christians were target of bomb that killed 72 and injured 280 in a park thronged with families… The bomber blew himself up near an entrance to Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, close to a children’s play area. The sound of the explosion was heard several kilometres away and eyewitnesses said there were big crowds in the area because of the Easter holiday’.
Religion has re-immerged as a significant political force in the era of mass digital communications. Even factions of the British working class have not been immune, with football hooligans mobilised, imagining themselves as modern day crusaders, picking up the standard of St. George, declaring themselves Infidels, or invoking the Bible to put Britain first.
Violent street armies gather in Dover to defend Christian values by closing the borders. Islam is at the forefront of the hatred, but speeches bring to the fore older antagonisms; Irish Catholics. Chants of No Surrender. A swastika daubed in blood.
The images continue to reconstitute themselves, a constant stream of becoming punctured sporadically by stuttering metallic tourettes audio outbursts.
CODED GEOMETRY will collaborate in an experiment with the Indigo Mind Project. A brain-computer interface that reads fluctuating electro-encephalograph (EEG) signals and maps them to compose a multilayered soundscape.
CODED GEOMETRY will explore nonlinear neuro-feedback and affective responses through a complex circuit of interchange, both responding to the soundscape being produced by the participants psycho-physiological state but also by affecting the participants psycho-physiological state through the projected images of a live digital drift through the glitchy, militarised and contested space of GIS satellite imaging.
The experiment will take place on Wednesday 23rd March from 6pm -8pm
University of East London
Kill the Housing Bill
London is experiencing a major wave of class clearances brought about through the invisible logic of neo-liberal economics and the Tory governments attacks on the inner city working class through the benefit cap, the bedroom tax, the ban on residential squatting and now the Housing Bill.
Working class people are being forced out of their homes and areas to make way for the rich. The Housing Bill is an unprecedented attack on working class people with the ultimate aim of social cleansing London’s inner zone, creating a sanitized ‘safe space’ for the incumbent wealthy through the demolition of working class housing and their replacement with luxury flats constructed not for living but for the temporary storage of surplus value.
The Housing Bill is designed to destroy social housing, speed up the clearance of working class private renters by making it easier for landlords to evict their tenants, and force out travellers by removing the requirement for local authorities to assess their specific housing provision.
The Housing Bill proposes to:
Failure to stop the Housing Bill and the wider process of inner city class clearances will lead to an historic shift in the nature of our Cities. They will become zoned spaces divided by class, with the rich residing in the cleansed inner zones and the working poor forced to the ghettoised periphery.
Only Working Class Direct Action can Stop the Class Clearances
<<< Searching For The Cloud >>>
Date :: Monday 25th January 2016
Time :: 10 am
Meet Outside :: Curry Hut, Unit 10, The Arcade, Chrisp street market, Poplar, London, E14 6AQ (Map)
CODED GEOMETRY >>> Will cross the physical and psychic barrier separating working class Poplar from Docklands luxury lifestyles in search of the material traces of the CLOUD >>> The ephemeral code word for the return of technological centralism and the corporate enclosure of the internet.
CODED GEOMETRY >>> Seize the means of production of physical and virtual SPACE >>> STOP CLASS CLEANSING!!!