‘Picturing the Olympics’

Thurs June 21st, 18.30pm @ Birkbeck, Room B20 Malet Street

Organised as part of “Picturing Place” in collaboration with the editors of “The Art of Dissent” and CILAVS.

Often overlooked as passive or merely descriptive, visual images play active and complex roles in shaping urban space. Cities are influenced by eclectic visual practices and languages, from plans to promotional materials and murals, though these are rarely considered as part of the same process, or across disciplines or media.

Bringing together practitioners from very different fields, this panel discussion will explore the roles that visual languages have in the production of the built environment, and the interactive relationships between images and the city, in the context of the London 2012 Olympics. How have images operated within the colossal transformation of the Lower Lea Valley? How has the need to produce images influenced the architecture, planning and infrastructure of the site and its surroundings? This panel will bring together official, unofficial, professional and non-commercial image producers to discuss these questions, and the wider agency of images in urban change.

Speakers included Anthony Palmer (ex-ODA, contributor to a book on the Olympic Parklands), Jonathan Kendall (Fletcher Priest Architects), Man Cheung (artist), Ben Campkin (UCL Urban Laboratory), Rebecca Ross (Central St Martins School of Art and Design). Supported by UCL Urban Lab.