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photo copyright Andrea Luka Zimmerman

photo copyright Andrea Luka Zimmerman

photo copyright Andrea Luka Zimmerman

photo copyright Andrea Luka Zimmerman

London: The Soul of the Streets

with Iain Sinclair, Andrea Zimmerman and Ken Worpole

Thursday 23 May 2013, 7.00pm | Austrian Cultural Forum London

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.