bcn-lon workshop

LEARNING FROM BARCELONA: ART, REAL ESTATE AND THE PRE- OLYMPIC CITY
A DIALOGUE BETWEEN LONDON AND BARCELONA
28-29 January, 2011. Birkbeck Stratford

This two-day workshop brought together for the first time academics, social activists and artists from Barcelona and London to discuss, through position papers and the showing of participants’ artistic and cultural production, how the Olympic Games influence the production of political cultures and art. In a context of dialogue between these two cities, the workshop looked particularly at how local artists and cultural and political activists have joined forces to call attention to and help transform the way in which local lives are being affected by these big events.

You can download the full programme with abstracts here

Participants:

Peter Coles:
“Views from the edge: a walk around the perimeter of the Olympic Site” image gallery

Marina Garces:
“Barcelona, political laboratory for collective mobilisation” download text

Beatriz Garcia:
“Local dependencies for global festivals: cultural policy tensions in the Olympic Games”

Adelita Husni Bey:
The Clays Lane Live Archive download summary; download excerpt

Josep Maria Montaner:
“The 1992 Games: the ‘Barcelona Model’ at the late 80s” download text

Zaida Muxi:
“Everyday life and the Olympic Games” download presentation (22mb file)

Maria Ruido & Virginia Villaplana:
“On the Barcelona dream: imagining the militant narratives (the articulation of resistance)” download text

Ben Seymour:
“Project legacy – the Olympics as Weapons of Mass (Value) Destruction” link to film

Iain Sinclair:
“Ghost Milk (calling time of the grand project)”

Martin Slavin:
“Olympic Myths: grand visions, poor outcomes”

Jim Woodall:
Olympic State image gallery

(Please note that this webpage is still under construction. We will soon upload more texts and presentations given at the seminar)

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