Café Curio Panel Discussion: Persuasion

Simon Martin

17 October 2012

Wednesday 17 October, 7.00 - 8.30pm
FREE, but places are extremely limited so booking is essential.

A discussion around ambient persuasions in city life – urban regeneration, gentrification and sites of advertising, in connection with Simon Martin’s UR Feeling, examining in more detail themes from the exhibition of how cities are constructed around us and can become sites for conflict, manipulation and intervention. The presentations will be followed by a discussion between the panelists, including Simon Martin.


Isobel Harbison
- a London-based curator and writer. She contributes to magazines including Frieze, ArtReview, Modern Painters, Kaleidoscope and Tate Etc, and has recently written essays on the work of Simon Martin (Camden Arts Centre), Mick Peter (Collective Gallery, Edinburgh), Maria Loboda (Sternberg Press) and Inci Eviner (Galerie Nev, Istanbul). From 2008 – 2010 she was Exhibitions Organiser of Hayward Touring, organising the British Art Show 7. She recently curated entrance, entrance at Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin and will curate a solo exhibition with Ed Atkins there in early 2013. Harbison is currently AHRC doctoral research scholar in the Department of Art, Goldsmiths, London.

Anna Minton - invisible and subtle erosions of civil liberties in public spaces by privatisation and implications of modern security. Anna Minton is a writer and journalist. She spent a decade in journalism, including a stint as a corporate reporter on the Financial Times, and is the winner of five international journalism awards. Recently she has been focusing on longer projects for think tanks and policy organizations and is the author of the Joseph Roentree Foundation's Viewpoint on fear and distrust.

Ben Campkin and Rebecca Ross The agency of images in urban change - an interdisciplinary research project which critically explores the role of images and image-production in processes of urban change. The research examines how images of cities e.g. plans, maps, renderings of projected future spaces and images in cities e.g. billboards, community murals influence urban change and perceptions of place. The project aims to encourage discussion amongst a wide range of urban citizens and practitioners about the roles that visual languages have in the production of the built environment, and the interactive relationships between images and cities.

Dr Ben Campkin is Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory and Senior Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory in the Bartlett School of Architecture. Ben is co-editor of Dirt: New Geographies of Cleanliness and Contamination (2007), an anthology exploring how beliefs about dirt have influenced the production of space. Ben has recently completed Capital dreams: projections of decline in the remaking of modern London (IB Tauris, spring 2013), an interdisciplinary cultural history of urban regeneration in London.

Dr Rebecca Ross is Senior Lecturer and Interaction Design Subject Leader on Graphic Communication Design at CSM. She recently completed a PhD in Architecture and Urbanism at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her principal research interests include urban studies, interaction design, graphic design, digital media, spatial data, place, civic imaginary, visual culture.

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