26 October and 29 and 30 November 2017, 5PM
Borough Road Gallery
London South Bank University
103 Borough Road, SE1 0AA, London
The roundtable series brings together organisers, activists, scholars, researchers, collectives, and art practitioners to engage collectively in discussions about both the present and the future of housing and regeneration struggles in South London. The objective of this series is to open a broader debate on the politics of the subject, politics of collective action and the possibilities and potential for new housing realities.
Throughout this century, South London has been a site of urban and housing regeneration. However, housing development projects that are led by capital and land value are undermining the needs of the local population and fostering new social and housing inequalities. Due to this polarisation, there has been a rise of initiatives that oppose these aggressive and violent processes. Individuals, groups and campaigns have been working on developing and deploying various tactics and strategies to defend the rights of local inhabitants, challenge mainstream narratives that enabled this practices and develop alternatives.
We propose three collective meetings and debates in order to try to push forward from what we have already achieved. We are interested in comparing the official language developed in policy documents, media and propaganda with the language used in activist and artistic narratives in post-Brexit and post-Grenfell London. We will discuss popularist political movements around housing, in comparison to micro politics of grassroots self-organising and mutual care. We aim to tackle complex intersectional issues inscribed in housing regeneration and housing struggles including class issues, gender issues, race and ethnic aspects of so called housing crises. In the discussions, we will explore the potential, limits and ambiguities of practices that we have developed in housing struggles from occupations, blockades, pressuring council and policy makers, resisting compulsory purchase orders (CPO) and demolition to practicing “the right to staying put” and “the right to return”, community art practices, radical research, writing alternative histories and developing alternative housing practices.
You are all invited to contribute.
October 26th 5PM
Post Grenfell housing struggles
Izzy Koksal (Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth)
Tom Keene (Save Cressingham Gardens and artist/researcher)
Beverley Robinson (Aylesbury Leaseholders Action Group)
Katie Beswick (Lecturer in Drama University of Exeter)
Owen Hatherley (writer and journalist)
November 29th 5PM
How to stay put?
Loretta Lees (Professor of Human Geography, University of Leicester)
Antony Iles (writer and contributing editor of Mute)
Rebecca Davies and Eva Sajovic (artists)
Southwark Notes Archives Group (Chris)
Sapphire Mcintosh and Maggie Bridge (Sisters Uncut London)
November 30th 5PM
Where do we go from here?
Jane Rendell (Professor of Architecture and Art, The Bartlett School of Architecture)
Rastko Novakovic and Steven Ball (filmmakers)
Architects for Social Housing
Mara Ferreri (Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona)
Organizer and moderator: Ana Vilenica (Marie Curie Post-doctoral Research Fellow at LSBU)
Commissioned by: The Centre for Research in Digital Storymaking