In the latest movement of the mobile cabin project, we hosted a weekend of screenings curated by Carmen Billows, at the Art Moves mobile architecture festival on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park.
Find out more here: http://www.artmoves.org.uk/
The Last Game
A Film Screening Programme
Art Moves Festival
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
Hilary Powell | Emily Richardson | Simon Ball | Simon Pope
The 2012 London Olympic Games put in place large-scale measures that decisively
reconfigured parts of London’s urban environment and infrastructure in order to host a
highly anticipated world-wide sports event. Turning the city into a state of exception, the
most monitored media event in British history was implemented in a local community
through mass relocations within the then Olympic boroughs.
Two years after and a year since the opening of The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park the
festival, Art Moves, offers the ideal context in which to take stock of and reflect on
whether the Olympic Games have delivered on the promises made and the expectations
originally created. What is the local community left with in a 2014 Post-Olympic London?
By revisiting video works of a Pre-Olympic time that critically accompanied the event’s
arrival, The Last Game film programme attempts to bring back into circulation thoughts,
desires and anxieties around the Olympics and its planning. The voices featured in this
programme range from joyful anticipation to being in profound doubt, seemingly
predicting our present and future urban environment where change and development
have snowballed since the Olympic regeneration. The Last Game invites us to go back in
time in order to access this rich criticality once again and engage in a dialogue.
The screening programme is hosted in a mobile wooden cabin, originally designed and
constructed as “The Affordable Roaming Workspace” by architect Richard Brown. “The
Roaming Workspace” is a prototype affordable mobile workspace built from reclaimed
materials found in the areas surrounding the Olympic Park. It is a key project of
‘affordablewick’, a research and design campaign for the retention of affordable workspace
in East London.
Curated by Carmen Billows
Hilary Powell: The Games, 2007, 15 mins.
Filmed over two weekends in February 2007 ‘The
Games’ staged a defiantly early and makeshift
Olympics amid the sites and communities of the
future London 2012 Olympic Park. Guerilla
choreography highlighted places marked for
erasure and acted as a poignant and satirical
swansong for an area on the brink of total
Emily Richardson: Memo Mori, 2009, 24 mins.
Memo Mori is a journey through Hackney tracing loss and disappearance. A canoe trip along the canal, the huts of the Manor Garden allotments in Hackney Wick, demolition, relocation, a magical bus tour through the Olympic park and a Hell’s Angel funeral mark a seismic shift in the topography of East London. Shot over three years, 2006 – 2009 in Hackney, each section being an event or observation of something that has been or is about to be erased from the landscape. It has been woven together with a commentary by Iain Sinclair’s and readings from his book, Hackney, That Red Rose Empire.
Simon Ball: Olympic Dreams, 2012, 5,20 mins.
Consisting of over 7500 photographs, Olympic Dreams is an
animated map of the perimeter fence surrounding London’s
Olympic Park. The fence has come to represent a border
between the Olympic elite and local residents, who are pushed
away from a movement that claims to embody inclusion and
community. Documenting the imposing nature of the fence
and areas that constitute the Olympic edge-lands, the viewer
is invited into an abstracted representation of the site, less
shackled by the utilitarian connotations of the development.
Animation: Simon Ball, Composer: Zai Tang
Simon Pope: Memory Marathon, 2009-10, 80 mins.
A document of, and exercise in, collective memory,
the film follows a marathon route across London
that Pope walked, in relay, with over 100 London
residents, who each recalled a stand-out image
from a previous Olympic Games. Filmed early on
in the lead-up to London 2012, Memory Marathon
is also a record of the changing face of the city at
that time. ‘Memory Marathon’ was conceived and
produced by Film and Video Umbrella.
Commissioned by the Olympic Delivery Authority
and funded by the London Development Agency
and Arts Council England.