London: The Soul of the Streets

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Talk Conference

London: The Soul of the Streets – with Iain Sinclair, Andrea Zimmerman and Ken Worpole

  • Thu 23 May 2013
  • 7:00PM
photo copyright Andrea Luka Zimmerman
photo copyright Andrea Luka Zimmerman

Austrian Cultural Forum London

28 Rutland GateLondon SW7 1PQ


T 020 7225 7300

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In conjunction with Hubert Blanz's Homeseekers exhibition.

London’s buildings, and the stories they contain, are central to the work of Iain Sinclair, Andrea Zimmerman and Ken Worpole. In this event they respond to Hubert Blanz’s idiosyncratic portrayal of London, through their own explorations into the history and personality of the city’s streets.

Iain Sinclair is a writer, based in Hackney, whose books include Hackney: That Rose-Red Empire and Ghost Milk and which mix folklore, oral histories, and architecture to create an alternative narrative of the inner city.

Andrea Zimmerman is a filmmaker whose new work, Estates: A Reverie, provides an insiders’ view of the Haggerston estate, in the final days before its demolition. It documents the residents painting of murals on the facades of the building, to provide an alternative face – both literal and metaphorical – to the one found in Blanz’s photographs.

Chairing the event is Ken Worpole, one of the UK’s leading writers on landscape and society and Senior Professor at The Cities Institute, London Metropolitan University.