Laura Grace Ford Presents: An Act of Unforgetting + Q&A

As part of Open City Documentary Festival this year, we have an event with artist and psychogeographer Laura Grace Ford. She’s curating a screening of archival television documentaries from the early 90s, exploring the poll tax riots, housing, architecture and the politics of the time. One of these will be an episode from the series ‘Summer on the Estate’, set on the old Kingsland estate, whilst the other is “The Battle of Trafalgar’ which looks at London more generally. 
Her work is really interesting, and she’ll be present to introduce and discuss the work she’s chosen, placing it within an idea of these films being “catalysts for new social imaginaries.” I thought this event might be of interest to you, considering that Iain Sinclair reviewed Laura’s book Savage Messiah for the Guardian back in 2011, and they’ve worked together on projects also.
At @OpenCityDocs 2019, artist and writer Laura Grace Ford (@LauraOF) will host ‘An Act of Unforgetting’: a programme of archival TV documentaries centred around social and political upheaval in London during the summer of 1990:

Into the Underworld. Iain Sinclair on the excavation of London. On the LRB

“My long essay on excavations in London has been published in the latest (Jan 22) issue of the London Review of Books. It has been put online, on their website.”

Link to essay

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Iain on Thinking Allowed

Iain and Place-Hacking Hack-tivist Bradley L. Garrett talk about Breadley’s book, London, Place-Hacking and more in the BBC4 Radio Program Thinking Allowed.




“Jack the Ripper’s Bodies–without–Organs: Affect and Psychogeography under the scalpel in From Hell”

Found on the Internet, it’s an article  by Anna Powell published on the “THE IRISH JOURNAL OF GOTHIC AND HORROR STUDIES”.

The Author writes:

“My exploration in this article is twofold and interstitial. Linking, but distinguishing literal and figural bodies, it moves across distinct but intersecting planes: place and time, history and philosophy, fact and fantasy. I write at the junction of Deleuzian affect and the psychogeography that overtly shapes the plot and locale of From Hell, a film ostensibly based on popular crime culture and historical events in the slums of late Victorian London. Linking philosophical theories of duration and the virtual with the work of psychogeographic writers on recognisable historical events and actual locales, I set out to explore the affective geographies of Gothic horror film.”