The Fog of Games: Legacy, Land Grabs and Liberty

Massimo suburbanstudio at
Wed May 27 14:59:11 BST 2009

>   The Fog of Games: Legacy, Land Grabs and Liberty
>   Reporting the London Olympics
> /Date: /Thursday 28 May 2009
> /Time: /7-8pm
> /Venue: /New Theatre, East Building
> /Speakers: /Mark Saunders, Martin Slavin
> The Olympics are brief and transitory television events that disguise
> and justify mega projects of vast urban restructuring that permanently
> distort our cities for the benefit of a few business interests. The
> common features of these mega projects are unprecedented land grabs,
> the peddling of myths of ‘regeneration’ and ‘legacy’ benefits, the
> sweeping away of democratic structures and planning restraints, the
> transfer of public money into private hands, and ‘information
> management’ to hide truths and silence critics.
> Mark Saunders is an award winning independent documentary filmmaker,
> media activist and writer.  Martin Slavin has been engaged with
> photography since being given his first camera aged 14. His continuing
> interest in photographing and writing about urban experiences,
> development and natural life is encapsulated in his current focus on
> the 2012 London Olympics in his neighbourhood.
> This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is
> on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email
> arts at <mailto:arts at> or phone 020 7955 6043.
> Media queries: please contact the Press Office if you would like to
> reserve a press seat or have a media query about this event, email
> pressoffice at <mailto:pressoffice at> or call 020 7955
> 7060.
> The next lecture in the LSE Arts/Centre for the Study of Global
> Governance series, The Future of Picturing the World: documentary
> films and photojournalism in a global era
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> with Professor Lilie Chouliaraki, Adrian Evans, Renzo Martens, Sabine
> Selchow and Dr Julian Stallabrass, will take place on Wednesday 3
> June.  The next event in the 'Talking Pictures' series Enjoy Poverty
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> with Renzo Martens will take place on Thursday 4 June.
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