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Book Launch — Regeneration Songs: Sounds of Investment and Loss from East London

10/11/2018 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Symposium, screening and conversation


The symposium will start at 4pm

Music for Masterplanning: The Complete Soundtracks (53 min) will be available to view from 3pm. This video screening showcases the complete music/video output of the Music for Masterplanning project. In this version -seen for the first time in its totality- 17 versions of the same promotional movie for Newham’s ‘Arc of Opportunity’ from 2010 (London’s Regeneration Supernova) will be screened with the 17 soundtracks composed for the Music for Masterplanning project in 2016.


To launch their new book Regeneration Songs: Sounds of Investment and Loss from East London editors Alberto Duman, Dan Hancox, Malcolm James and Anna Minton will be in conversation with scholars and artists: Andrea Phillips, Dean Kenning and Jessie Brennan.

This will also be a chance to see and hear about the project Music for Masterplanning (Alberto Duman, 2016) for which this book also counts as output.

The project came about as Alberto Duman was a Leverhulme Trust artist-in-residence at University of East London in between the departments of architecture (Anna Minton’s MRes ‘London: Reading the Neoliberal City’ degree) and music (Gordon Kerr’s BSc ‘Music Technology degree).

The impact of global capital and foreign investment on local communities is being felt in major cities across the world. Since the 2012 Olympics was awarded to the British capital, East London has been at the heart of the largest and most all-encompassing top-down urban regeneration strategy in civic history. At the centre of this has been the local government, Newham Council, and their daring proposal: an “Arc of Opportunity” for developers to transform 1,412 hectares of Newham. This proposal was outlined in the promotional movie London’s Regeneration Supernova shown to foreign developers and businesses at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

While the sweeping changes to East London have been keenly felt by locals, the symbolism and practicalities of these changes – for the local area, and the world alike – are overdue serious investigation.

The speakers will discuss how places are turned into simple stories for packaged investment opportunities, how people living in those places relate to those stories, and how music and art can render those stories in many different ways.


Alberto Duman is an artist, university lecturer and independent researcher. He teaches at Middlesex University in Art and Social Practice.

Dan Hancox is a writer on music, gentrification, pop culture and politics, writing for the Guardian, New York Times and others. His books include The Village Against the World and Inner City Pressure.

Malcolm James is a Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies in the School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex. He is the author of Urban Multiculture: Youth, Politics and Cultural Transformation.

Anna Minton is a writer, journalist and Reader in Architecture at the University of East London. She has written two books, Ground Control and Big Capital, and is a regular contributor to the Guardian.

Dr Andrea Phillips is BALTIC Professor and Director of BxNU Research Institute, Northumbria University & BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Andrea lectures and writes about the economic and social construction of public value within contemporary art, the manipulation of forms of participation and the potential of forms of political, architectural and social reorganization within artistic and curatorial culture.

Dean Kenning is an artist and writer. He has exhibited internationally including at the ICA, Greene Naftali and BAK and has published articles in journals such as Third Text, Art Monthly and Mute. He is currently Research Fellow at Kingston School of Art and also teaches Fine Art at Central St Martins.

Jessie Brennan is a London-based artist graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2007. She has exhibited extensively in the UK and Europe, and her work is held in public and private collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.


3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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