OUR SHADOW CODEX EVENTS
As part of the exhibition OUR SHADOW CODEX, Toby Paterson and Rhona Warwick have programmed a series of performances, screenings and talks. These events are a curatorial strategy to reconfigure the archive and reading of the city.
Jim Colquhoun: The Froth on the Daydream
SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER 1930 - 2100
Jim Colquhoun made a brief visit to Coventry and walked the city for the first time. From this, he has written the performance The Froth on the Daydream, which will attempt to tease out ways in which the modernist city has become the pre-eminent site of our nostalgie de la ébouer (a dreaming of past futurity that never was).
"Contemporary Coventry is a place where the soaring vision of limitless progress towards a utopian commonality ran aground on the dirty, quotidian shitness of life as it is really lived. The avenues and arcades of Coventry, rather than being the playgrounds of a polymorphously perverse proletariat were the proving grounds for a deracinated sleb culture based on . . . nothing really."
Jim Colquhoun is an artist and writer based in Glasgow. His performances, texts and artworks have been shown internationally.
BILL MITCHELL: THREE TUNS MURAL AND TOWN PLANNING IN THE 60s
FRIDAY 20 DECEMBER 1730 – 1830
Bill Mitchell designed Coventry’s 1966 Three Tuns Mural at a time when the City Architecture and Planning Office, led by the architects Donald Gibson and Arthur Ling, commissioned an ambitious programme of public art for the city. The Three Tuns Mural is an abstract concrete high relief incorporating Coventry’s industrial heritage and built environment. Integrated public art was a widespread device of post-war planning and Coventry’s collection is a strong example of this.
Mitchell (b.1925) has had an extensive 50 year career as an artist, civic planner and sculptor and experienced the changing political climate of urban planning, beginning in the experimental civic period of the fifties and sixties. Bill will present an illustrated lecture, detailing his work and techniques and its relationship to the history of planning policy, public art and architecture.
OWEN HATHERLEY: WALKING GUIDED TOUR OF COVENTRY
SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER 1400 – 1500
Owen Hatherley will guide a walking tour around Coventry City Centre. The tour will unravel Coventry’s socio-political, industrial and cultural histories through sites of architectural interest. The walk will explore the ambitious design of Donald Gibson’s original town plan and observe where and why the city has swerved and remained faithful to its Modernist ideologies. Following the remains and the ruins of the old city plan, Hatherley will narrate the political desires invested in future-orientated architecture.
Hatherley is a freelance writer and journalist, who writes about architecture, politics and culture. He is the author of Militant Modernism (Zero Books, 2009) and A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain (Verso, 2010).
PLACES ARE LIMITED AND BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Please email LGP@coventry.ac.uk to confirm your place and obtain details of the meeting point.