Hackney council! Stop criminalising the homeless

Hackney council have decided to criminalise rough sleeping and begging in an attempt to ‘cleanse’ Hackney of the visible consequences of their gentrification polices.

People found begging or rough sleeping will be fined up to £1,000.

A demonstration has been called to coincide with the councils full Cabinet meeting.

Demand the order which criminalises the homeless is scrapped.

Demonstration:

17:00-19:30, Monday 22 June, Hackney Town Hall, Mare St, E8 1EA

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1403275666667416/

 

Hackney Picture House

‘The Hackney Picture House has had its own turf war in the process of gentrification. At the southern end of the building is a grand semi circular ‘balcony’ with neoclassical columns sheltering a set of semi circular stone steps, which lead up to the, now defunct, grand entrance of the former Hackney Library. The balcony is ornately decorated with a large stone plaque displaying an image of St Augustine’s Tower draped on either side by stone garlands of flowers and fruit. As rents rise people are displaced. This decorative entrance provided temporary shelter for a growing number of homeless people. Mattresses arrived and a small community took residence under the protective stone coat of arms. The stench and filth of human existence did not fit the image Hackney council was fostering. This wasn’t the fashion quarter, Broadway market, Dalston circus, Shoreditch. This was a fissure in the gentrification narrative in plain view of the Town Hall and it needed to be erased. Vanished, swept away, steam cleaned, and boarded up. Battleship grey boards now deny access … Defensive architecture at its most crass’.

Invisible Geographies :: East London Drift

Coded Geometry :: Robbinhood Guardens

<< Invisible Geographies :: East London Drift >>

Date :: Sunday 15th April  2015

Time :: 2 pm

Meet :: At the anchor outside Limehouse Sailors Mission (Map)

We will be using electromagnetic induction coils, and broad spectrum RF receivers to make the city’s wireless communications infrastructure audible, allowing the drift to be guided by the intensities, textures, and ambiances of electromagnetic transmissions.

Concrete Heart Land

‘A cinematic drift through the destruction of the Heygate Estate’

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concrete Hartlands - Laura Oldfield-Ford

Steven Ball and Laura Oldfield-Ford will present their individual responses to the Social cleansing of the Heygate Estate through the screening of Steven Ball and Rastko Novaković film ‘Concrete Heart Land’ and the presentation of drawings and a live reading of texts produced by Laura Oldfield-Ford.

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6pm on Tuesday 27 January 2015

Film and Drama studio
Arts 2 Building, (first floor)
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
London
E1 4NS

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Laura Oldfield Ford is a London-based artist and writer concerned with issues surrounding contemporary political protest, urbanism, architecture and memory. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2007 she has become well known for her politically active and poetic engagement with London as a site of social antagonism. She is the author of Savage Messiah.
http://lauraoldfieldford.blogspot.co.uk/

Concrete Heart Land,a film by Steven Ball and Rastko Novaković, exposes the social cleansing of the Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle, South London. It marks the moment that the estate was finally lost as social housing to make way for an unjust ‘regeneration’ scheme.
http://concreteheartland.info/

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Coded Geometry :: QMUL City Centre and School of Geography

<<< The Manvers Main Complex >>> A Digital Drift

<<< The Manvers Main Complex >>>

<<< The Manvers Main Complex >>> A Digital Drift

Part of the Edge of Human project

Sunday 16th November 2014

4pm – 5pm

70 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4NA

THIS IS NOT A PERFORMANCE. Bring booze for a psychic drift through a future landscape constructed on the site of the former Manvers Main Colliery Complex, a network of collieries that were linked below ground and included Wath Main and Kilnhurst colliery in the Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire.

The drift will take place within Google street views distorted, glitchie and copywritten representation of space.

CODED GEOMETRY >>> NEVER FORGIVE NEVER FORGET !!! SUPPORT THE ORGREAVE TRUTH AND JUSTICE CAMPAIGN >>>

NOSTALGIA fuels the anger. A FUTURE COMMUNISM demands the seizure of the means of production of physical and virtual SPACE.

CODED GEOMETRY

CODED GEOMETRY

Something strange is happening to space. At every level a transformation is taking place; from the traditionally intimate space of love, finding a partner, to the panoptical mapping of the whole earth by Google; the reorganisation of global cities, the urbanisation of China and the emergence of the extra national space of the cloud. A material infrastructure of cables feeds an invisible infrastructure of wireless signals, whilst the triangulation of satellites attempts to locate everything from an item in a global supply chain, to a future partner, to an extra-legal combatant to be targeted by drone strike assassination. The construction of data networks is complimented by the streamlining of supply chains. Shipping makes up more of the UK’s GDP than restaurants, takeaway food and civil engineering put together. Data, information, money, goods, all travel relatively freely across the globe, whilst many people are increasingly subject to restrictions on movement as immigrants are blamed for economic collapse and the body itself becomes both ID and interface. Fingerprint, Iris scanning, facial recognition, analysis of the body’s gait, biometric ID card, passport, right to travel, Google glass. The digital is leaking into physical space and reconstituting it. Digital space, once confined behind the screen of the monitor, is finding its way beyond the screen and embedding itself into every aspect of everyday life. Phones, shopping habits, withdrawal of money, RFID entry systems and city transport networks. Everyday social practices create data shadows, materialising rhythms, flows, habits and deviations. Fundamental to this reorganisation of space has been a shift in the means of production in the industrialised nations, driving the development of planetary-scale computation, all overseen by the political and economic ideology of neo-liberalism. For far too long this mass transformation of space has been treated as a series of isolated fragments. These seemingly unrelated phenomena all represent elements of the total shift in the production of space and only by bringing them together into an open and dynamic totality can we hope to map and understand our own position in this emergent landscape.

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We are currently experiencing a period of convergence between digital space and physical space. Digital spatial practices that developed alongside the Internet are currently converging with the physical space of the city. Physical space is dematerialised and re-materialised as digital representations, either overtly through representational models such as Google maps, street view and the open data streams such as those representing city transport networks, or less visibly through data capture, storage and processing. ‘Software matters because it alters the conditions through which society, space and time and thus spatiality, are produced’ (Kitchin, Dodge 2011). Data and its processing via software now plays a fundamental role in the construction of the social space of institutions and reacts back to play a role in the production of the space of cities. Cities, such as London, are experiencing increased digital augmentation either by the use of smart phones or by environmentally situated software and data capture devices. Algorithms, data collection and sensors are been embedded into the city. Kitchin and Dodge (2011) have noted that, ‘Software is thus actively shaping sociospatial organisation, processes, and economies, along with discursive and material cultures and individuals’ construction of identities and personal meaning’. This convergence of digital and physical space coincides with a reorganisation of globalised cities in general and London in particular as the inner zones are socially cleansed to make room for a hipster digital elite and intensified property speculation. A contemporary psychogeographical practice can neither ignore the impact of the digitally expanded nature of the city or the reorganisation of the city, and space in general.

Psychogeography is a practice that has been developed by activists as a method of engaging with the city, purposefully traversing away from the predictable paths, discovering and mapping the hidden processes through which the emotional space of the city is constituted. CODED GEOMETRY extends this practice, developing techniques to explore, map and détourne the hidden processes that are involved in constituting the digitally expanded city. It aims to create a subjective and embodied cognitive mapping of digitally expanded space. A form of ambulant research towards a FUTURE COMMUNISM.

CODED GEOMETRY

References

Kitchin, R. Dodge, M (2011) CODE/SPACE, MIT Press.