Spectres of Modernism is an installation of protest art banners emblazoned with slogans dreamt up by leading artists and writers including Turner Prize winners Jeremy Deller and Elizabeth Price and Booker Prize nominated author Tom McCarthy. The banners will hang from the balconies of flats in Bowater House directly opposite The Denizen, Taylor Wimpey’s planned luxury apartment block on the corner of Golden Lane and Fann Street, close to London’s financial centre. Slogans such as ‘Zombie Investors Take Stock’, ‘Homes for Heroes’, ‘children need sunlight to grow’ and ‘parasites will starve in this carcass of culture’, oppose the new development and draw attention to the failure of neo-liberal economics in Britain’s cities; its legacies of social cleansing, housing crisis, and damage to modernist architectural heritage, as well as the art-washing of urban devastation.
Join us on February 2nd for an evening of performances, readings and screenings to consolidate the protest at Bowater House against Taylor Wimpey’s Denizen Development. With the participation of: Mark Aerial Waller, Stewart Home, Lloyd Corporation in collaboration with Nina Wakeford, Tom McCarthy, Anna Minton, Katrina Palmer, Chris Petit, Esther Planas, Bill Parry-Davies, Iain Sinclair, Claire Louise Staunton and students from Goldsmiths MA Visual Sociology.
East End Prints has printed and will be running the sale of the artwork related to the protest. Including contributions by Anthony Auerbach, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Zoe Brown, Justin Coombes, Sarah Dobai, Chris Dorley-Brown, Katherine Fawcett, Arturo Soto Gutierrez and Eva Stenram. All proceeds from the sale will go towards the campaign.