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London Festival of Architecture: Architecture and the Independent Group

8 Jun 2013

During the final weekend of the Reading Room display The Independent Group: Parallel of Art & Life, Victoria Walsh leads a conversation looking at the relevance of architecture to the Independent Group, taking particular interest in JG Ballard and how the Independent Group influenced his fictional London.

Sixty years ago – as artists, architects, designers and theorists met at the ICA as part of the Independent Group to debate the forces changing contemporary culture – ideas around mechanisation, modernisation and entropy led to a compelling aesthetic, defined as much by the gleaming new celebrity culture of Hollywood as the bombed out landscape of post-war London, most notably seen in the exhibition This is Tomorrow at the Whitechapel in 1956. For JG Ballard, the Independent Group's interactions with the clean modernism of Le Corbusier, combined with the messiness of New Brutalism, helped shape his ideas and sensibility towards the London of his fiction. This discussion offers an insight to the links between the work of the Independent Group and Ballard, and brings together Joanne Murray (Birkbeck) and Beth Williamson (Tate Research Fellow), chaired by Victoria Walsh (RCA).

Unfortunately Murray Fraser will no longer be able to join us for this event.

This talk is followed by the launch of the Firstsite publication Nigel Henderson & Eduardo Paolozzi Hammer Prints Ltd, 1945 – 75, from 6pm - 8pm.

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