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A Line is There to be Broken

In June 2009, artists, Tristan FennellDavid Kendall, and Gesche Würfel brought together their individual photographic projects in an exhibition and workshop, exploring spatial and social disruptions in urban landscapes and the struggles between transformations of ‘place’ and ‘space’ in global cities.

Workshop participants
Annalisa Brambilla
Paolo Cardullo
Paul Garayo
Rahsaan Maxwell
Samuel Nightinale
William Wiles

Private View: 19th June 2009 6.30-8.30pm
Open: 19 to 28 June 2009, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 12-4pm
Location: Viewfinder Photography Gallery, Linear House, Peyton Place, London, SE10 8RS
Gallery Info: Viewfinder Photography Gallery

A Line is There to be Broken is an exhibition bringing together individual photographic projects that scrutinize struggles between transformations of ‘place’ and ‘space’ in cities. Tristan Fennell, David Kendall, and Gesche Würfel exhibit projects that explore social and spatial disruptions in ‘everyday life’, architecture, and the urban landscape.

The exhibition sponsored by:
Brook Lyndhurst

Workshop and Seminar: A Line is There to be Broken: Constructing Sites
This workshop and seminar is part of 'Urban Edge' series of workshops and events organised by CUCR, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Date: 27th June 2009 10am-4pm

What could link the Lower Lea Valley in East London, Dubai, and Tokyo? London and Tokyo are long established so-called Global Cities whereas Dubai is an emerging one. Quite commonly, Global Cities host mega events like the Olympics. All these cities attract tourism and there is a strong desire to maintain and develop leisure spaces and sports facilities that present and publicise each city as an attractive, well-maintained destination to visitors. Over the course of the past 30 years the Olympics have been transformed from a sporting to an economic event with a focus on urban regeneration.

Urban regeneration has also been a major focus of London’s Olympics 2012 application. As we are situated in London this workshop will focus on East London where the 2012 Olympics will take place. The workshop will run in conjunction with the exhibition 'A Line is There to be Broken' at Viewfinder Photography Gallery in Greenwich, London, SE10. The photographs in the exhibition draw visual and spatial influences from the following questions:

How could people construct improvised or temporary leisure spaces or sites? Who has the right to do certain types of activities in these spaces? Do sites exist or is it impossible for them to develop where new barriers and material objects exclude access to the land? How could physical barriers and objects become part of this process? How could temporary leisure spaces become public platforms or political tools that could influence planning decisions and regeneration processes?

The workshop will consider how to answer these questions photographically and will take place around the periphery of the 2012 Olympic site in East London. In the morning we invite participants to walk with us around the Olympic site in Stratford-Hackney Wick and hear more about the ‘theoretical implications’ of constructing this site. In the afternoon we will return to Viewfinder Photography Gallery to view and discuss photographs made during the workshop and discover spatial and social links with the photographs in the exhibition.

Documentary Credits
Edited by Andres Borda Gonzalez
Directed by Joshua Neale
Produced by Abbas Nokhasteh


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