[NetBehaviour] STRUGGLES IN THE CITY - Public Discussions and Film.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Oct 7 01:47:16 CEST 2008

STRUGGLES IN THE CITY - Public Discussions and Film 
OCTOBER 2008 Glasgow / Edinburgh

Eastwards Ho! A New Urban Frontier?

A series of films addressing conflicts over urban space, 
regeneration and privatisation.

market gallery - 334 Duke Street, Glasgow, G31 1QZ

10 - 18 October
Gallery Open: Tues - Saturday 12 - 6pm
Open by Appointment - Monday 13th October 12 - 6pm

Introductory talk by Simon Yuill: Friday 10 October 7pm

Given to the People (2008), Simon Yuill. "Pollok Estate 
was given to the people in 1939, once given it cannae be 
ungiven, it can only be stolen."  Colin Macleod, Pollok 
Free State.

The London Particular: The Occupation (2001). The sordid 
reconfiguration - through gentrification - of life, death, 
and work on the fringe of the city of London.

Five Ring Circus (2007). Scathing documentary about the 
false promises of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and the 
social, economic and environmental impacts of the event.

Polly 2: Plan for a Revolution in Docklands (2006), Anja 
Kirchner and David Panos. Mixing popular forms (Brecht, 
the Western), Kirchner and Panos pursue a dramatic canvas 
for their critical take on regeneration.

The Spectacle. A series of community based films 
challenging the rhetoric of regeneration in the east end 
of London.

Organised by Variant collective



Glasgow Games : Genuine Legacy or Gentrification?

market gallery - 334 Duke Street, Glasgow, G31 1QZ

A Public Discussion convened by Libby Porter

Saturday 11 October 1pm

Guest Speakers: Petra Biberbach and Jo Winterbottom

Free Market : markets 324 gallery space will be open for 
use as a resource area with a book table and chairs and 
tea and coffee facilities. If you would like to arrange a 
group visit or if you are doing research or studying and 
have an interest in any of the events please call: 0141 
556 7276 or email: market at marketgallery.org.uk



International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow

Wednesday 15 - Sunday 19 October

Document 6 brings films from around the world to inform, 
challenge and inspire a local audience, supporting film 
makers whose work has international resonance as an act of 

Full details will be posted at:



Transmission Gallery is pleased to present a screening of 
the film by Anja Kirschner and David Panos

Followed by a discussion between the artists and Rebecca 

Transmission - Floor 4, 48 King Street

Saturday 25th October 7pm
Doors open 6.30pm

Trail of the Spider transposes Western genre motifs and 
the suppressed racial history of the American West (where 
one in three cowboys were black or Mexican) onto the 
transforming landscape of East London. Questioning and 
re-imagining the Western's portrayal of the 'Vanishing 
Frontier' , the film extends the metaphor to the material 
and psychological conditions of the present.

Recreating the epic panoramas of the Western in Hackney 
Marshes, the Thames Gateway and Essex, on landfills, 
wastelands and gravel pits linked to the construction of 
the 2012 Olympic Park, the film allegorizes the shifting 
and shrinking space for collective social and political 
agency, self-determination and dissent in an urban reality 
increasingly dominated by volatile financial speculations, 
private interests and the spectre of the Olympic gold 

Working with a large cast of actors and non-actors (many 
of whom are themselves residents of East London), the film 
explores the compromises and ordeals of a population 
facing this new order. Many of the film's verbal exchanges 
are rooted both in historic sources and the collective 
experiences of the players and filmmakers (linked in many 
cases through political activism and friendship), opening 
up a discursive field in which past and present are held 
in an uneasy suspension.




Cities as Battlespace: the new military urbanism

Professor Stephen Graham, University of Durham, will be 
speaking on the role of cities within the war on terror.

Wednesday 29th October 3pm

Room 5.10.
Department of Geography and Sociology
University of Strathclyde
Graham Hills Building, 50 Richmond Street
Glasgow G1 1XN

Part of the seminar series at the Department of Geography 
and Sociology, University of Strathclyde.



"Our relationship to the built environment is perhaps the 
most crucial element to the quality of community life."

1.00-5.00pm Saturday 1 November
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow
7.00-9.30pm Sunday 2 November
The Forum - ACE, 17 West Montgomery Place, Edinburgh, EH7 

Free discussions bringing together representatives of 
community & activist groups - including local groups from 
Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and Manchester - to share their 
experiences of community-based engagement in the planning 
processes of urban regeneration and the built environment.

A strong dimension connecting the diverse groups is their 
shared concerns for community video as a basis for 
connecting people.
Mark Saunders The Spectacle, Martin Slavin Games Monitor, 
Nick Durie Glasgow Residents Network, Carl Taylor Hackney 
Independent, Libby Porter Planners Network UK, Neil Gray 
Variant, Jonathon Atkinson Open Manchester, Anthony Iles 


Organised by Variant collective


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broader social, political & cultural issues.

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