Tate Britain Talk

Artists' talk: Laura Oldfield-Ford and Jon Savage

Jon Savage, ‘Uninhabited London’ 1977–2008
Jon Savage, Uninhabited London 1977–2008. Tate. © Jon Savage

Join contemporary artist and writer Laura Oldfield-Ford and writer, film-maker and broadcaster Jon Savage for a discussion about how ruins feature in their work, as zones of pure potential where the world must be rebuilt or reimagined. Chaired by writer and theorist Mark Fisher, this event explores the urban landscape, it's undercurrents, politics and pop cultural past and considers what the future holds.


Laura Oldfield Ford

Laura Oldfield Ford is a London-based artist and writer, whose work chronicles the city, exposing the hidden narratives that regeneration seeks to redesign and concrete over. She is well known for her politically active and poetic engagement with London as a site of social antagonism. Her acclaimed book Savage Messiah, featuring the entire collection of her zine, was published in 2011.

Jon Savage

Jon Savage is a writer, broadcaster, and film-maker who lives in North Wales. His books include the award winning, England’s Dreaming, widely considered to be the definitive work on Punk. More recently his book Teenage: The Creaton of Youth 1875 – 1945 has been turned into the documentary film, Teenage, a hypnotic rumination on the genesis of youth culture, released in January this year.

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is the author of Capitalist Realism (Zero Books, 2009) and the forthcoming Ghosts Of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures. He regularly writes for The Wire, frieze, The Guardian, New Statesman and Sight & Sound. He is Programme Leader of the MA in Aural and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London and a lecturer at the University of East London. He has produced two acclaimed audio-essays in collaboration with Justin Barton: londonunderlondon (2005) and On Vanishing Land (2013) and maintains one of the most successful weblogs on cultural theory, k-punk.

Tate Britain

The Clore Auditorium

London SW1P 4RG
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Date & Time

7 May 2014 at 18.30–20.00

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