Wanders: Longplayer (New Cross to Trinity Buoy Wharf)

“Witness, for instance, the establishment of settled ‘alternative’ or ‘independent’ cultural zones, which endlessly repeat older gestures of rebellion and contestation as if for the first time." - Mark Fisher The Longplayer walk ghosts a route to be taken on the 21st of June for a day long walked festival of arts in celebration of … Continue reading Wanders: Longplayer (New Cross to Trinity Buoy Wharf)

Wanders: Planet Stratford with John Rogers (London).

When recently interviewing the writer and filmmaker, John Rogers, the setting of our meeting place in Stratford played heavily upon my mind.  Such was the contrast between so many of the buildings and spaces within the area that many ideas came about just from a quick meander around its many new developments.  Because of this … Continue reading Wanders: Planet Stratford with John Rogers (London).

The London Nobody Knows (1969) – Psychogeographic Fluctuation.

Norman Cohen's filmic version of Geoffrey Fletcher's 1967 book, The London Nobody Knows, could hardly be called an adaptation.  With the book being a mixture of personal documentary and the historical exploring of London streets, its narrative is one purely of journeys if anything else.  Cohen was already used to this blurring of fiction and … Continue reading The London Nobody Knows (1969) – Psychogeographic Fluctuation.

Wanders: Ian Nairn’s Pimlico (London).

I've always had a slight relationship with Victoria and Pimlico in London.  As central London areas go, it has always represented two things to me: the awful feeling of leaving the city and the sense of dread at having to wander around somewhere largely built of private buildings, houses and hotels (not the ideal place … Continue reading Wanders: Ian Nairn’s Pimlico (London).

Short Film – A Walk By Waiting (Harold Pinter, Iain Sinclair).

My walk around Harold Pinter's old haunts in the east end of London has produced a number of written accounts now that, with the film that sparked of the whole venture being finally public, I'm not quite sure what else to say about it.  The idea for the walk came about when I saw the, since … Continue reading Short Film – A Walk By Waiting (Harold Pinter, Iain Sinclair).

Poetics of Visual Space in Ian Nairn’s “Nairn Across Britain” (1972).

In the 1980's introduction to the repeated BBC Ian Nairn series, Nairn Across Britain (1972), Jonathan Meades suggests that the series still managed to capture Nairn's sense of poetics and character in spite of "the filming techniques seeming a bit dated, as nothing dates quite like the recent past".  Though Meades is right in his … Continue reading Poetics of Visual Space in Ian Nairn’s “Nairn Across Britain” (1972).

Trailer – A Walk By Waiting (Pinter/Sinclair).

Above is the trailer for a very short fragment of film made in collaboration with the writer, Iain Sinclair.  Though I had been thinking about doing something with the poems of Harold Pinter for the some time, I had left it to stew away rather than properly organise it as with other, simpler films.  With … Continue reading Trailer – A Walk By Waiting (Pinter/Sinclair).