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The Fog of Games, Legacy, Land Grabs & Liberty; Mark Saunders. Reporting the London Olympics; Martin Slavin

28 May 2009 - 19:00
28 May 2009 - 20:00

In The Fog of Games the first casualty is the truth. The Olympics are brief and transitory television events that disguise and justify mega projects of vast urban restructuring that permanently distort our cities for the benefit of a few business interests. Common features of such projects are unprecedented land grabs, the sweeping away of democratic structures and planning restraints, the transfer of public money into private hands, and 'information management' to hide truths and silence critics.

In these talks, Mark Saunders shows work in progress from Spectacle's film and Martin Slavin shares his experiences of working with the local network which created GamesMonitor

GamesMonitor reports on the credibility gaps between the history of the Olympic industry in previous Games cities, the publicity of the London Olympic industry, and the reported outcomes of the London 2012 projects. He describes peoples' experiences of researching and reporting the Olympics. He outlines the overbearing power of the boosterist publicity offensive and citizens' potential for critical responses utilising a changing media environment.

Venue: New Theatre, East Building, London School of Economics, Houghton St, WC2

These talks are one of a series of events titled Talking Pictures in the London School of Economics Arts programme for April-June 2009.

See also: Viewing Restricted: [Re]presenting Poverty

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