Following the ‘Talking ghosts: a collaborative hoarding novella’ workshop by Alberto Duman at The Pump House Gallery, join us to hear the artist in conversation with Gillian Swan and Tom Cordell, to celebrate the recent publication of Regeneration Songs: Sounds of Investment and Loss, co-edited by Alberto Duman, Dan Hancox, Malcom James and Anna Minton.
Alberto Duman will be in conversation with Gillian Swan and Tom Cordell, two of the contributors of the book, discussing the relationship between art and capital in London’s urban regeneration programmes, and the co-opting of cultural production by property finance.
Alberto Duman is an artist, university lecturer and independent researcher whose work is situated between art, urbanism and social practice. He is a Lecturer at Middlesex University and runs the BA Fine Art and Social Practice with Loraine Leeson. He has published papers, articles and artworks in books and journals, as well as publishing his own photographic books. Between 2013 and 2015 he led the Bartlett’s DPU London Summerlab. In 2016 he was the Leverhulme Trust artist in residence at University of East London UEL with the project Music for Masterplanning in Anna Minton’s MRes Course ‘London: Reading the Neoliberal City’. Since 2014 he is also working as part of the DIG Collective.
Gillian Swan is a mixed media artist and teacher. Born in 1982, she studied Industrial Design at Brunel University, graduating in 2005 and recently completed a Master of Research degree in Architecture at the University of East London, writing her dissertation about fly-tipping as a product of a neoliberalised urban environment. She coordinated the Leytonstone Arts Trail in 2013 and is a founder member of the “The Stone Space”, an artist-led gallery space in Leytonstone, East London.
Tom Cordell is a London-based filmmaker, and occasional photographer and writer. He fell into his career as a teenager almost by mistake, when he was handed a camera and asked to film a drum n’ bass rave. This led to a job at the BBC working on Top of the Pops, before going freelance making music videos and commercials. He then moved into documentary production, working on films about science and organised crime. In 2010 he directed Utopia London which gave him an outlet for his lifelong obsession with the history of London. Since then he has made various films for WHO and other UN agencies.