‘Brexodus’, housing crisis, frantic development plans, homelessness, social isolation, corporate greed are just some of the issues that overshadow the present and future of London. What will be of this city we live in? Is it really doomed to become a dystopia or, in the end, is this just London being itself – a restless, challenging, ever-mutating city? A panel with three different but interwoven perspectives on what is happening to our city.
Iain Sinclair is an author and filmmaker, well-known for his books on London and for his investigations in psychogeography. He is the author of nearly thirty books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, including London Orbital (2002). His latest book is The Last London (2017).
Olivia Laing is a British writer and cultural critic. She has written about cities, art and gender, among other things. Her latest work, The Lonely City (2016), is a literary memoir on the meaning of being lonely and the deep relationship between urban loneliness and art.
Andrea Lissoni is Senior Curator of Film and International Art at Tate Modern. Before moving to London, he co-founded the international festival of electronic art Netmage in Bologna and was a curator at Hangar Bicocca in Milan. He sits on the board of Film London.
Chair: Marco Mancassola is a writer based in London.