Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Where to for the Flâneur?

Adam Kossoff in discussion with Owen Hatherley

7pm, Wednesday 19th March 2014

Third floor, 316-318 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AG
Free for Associate Members / £3 Members, Students & Unwaged / £5 non-members
No bookings - first come first served.
Doors open 6.45pm.

Walter Benjamin's flâneur investigated the origins of modernity and its roots in the past, together with the effects of industrialisation on contemporary urban life's labyrinthine and ever-shifting experiences. A reflection of the writer/artist/filmmaker who sees, thinks and operates inside and outside the boundaries of society, who draws the private spaces of subjectivity into the public spaces of everyday life, and vice-versa. But with the control, development and the homogenisation of urban life, where urban memory is all but obliterated, where mapping is digitalised and available at the touch of a finger, does the flâneur have anywhere to go?

Adam Kossoff will be presenting his recent work in discussion with Owen Hatherley, this will include his Benjamin trilogy, Not Our Darkness (2009), Moscow Diary (2011), Made in Wolverhampton (2012), and his just completed film on East End anarchist Rudolf Rocker, The Anarchist Rabbi (2014, narrated by Steven Berkoff).

Owen Hatherley is the author of A New Kind of Bleak: Journeys Through Urban Britain (2013), A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain (2011), Militant Modernism (2009) and Uncommon (2011) about the pop group Pulp.

1 comment:

  1. World Sauntering Day greetings to flâneurs et flâneuses everywhere.