London Flows, film screening curated by The Urban Laboratory, UCL Tuesday 26th March, 6–10pm (doors open at 5.30pm).
Manson Lecture Theatre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT
An interdisciplinary evening of films, audio, readings and talks exploring the swirling debates about water quality and infrastucture in London after John Snow, featuring:
Emma M. Jones, reading from her forthcoming book Parched City (Zer0, 2013), a popular history of London's drinking water through the lens of contemporary discussions of sustainability. Emma will also play an audio recording of Metropolitan Water Board water engineers reminiscing about their work during WW2, and will show Keeping London on Tap, a Thames Water corporate video promoting the Beckton desalination plant, in order to reflect on current perceptions of London's tap water origins and quality.
Cultural and architectural historian Barbara Penner, author of Bathroom (Reaktion, 2013), on Joseph Bazalgette's 1849 plan for urine harvesting and his later role in the construction of London's sewers.
Architectural design research practice Smout Allen on their speculative design project for London's Hydro Infrastructure, a proposal for an oasis that manages, distributes and displays water, river flood, sea surges and rain fall, concentrating and localising the infrastructure as an alternative to the extensive and embedded systems global cites presently rely upon.
Anthropologist Bruno Rinovulcri will present highlights from Tunnel Visions, a ten part series in which he duped a collection of writers, musicians, activists and academics into wading knee deep through the swollen rivers of sewage and miles of forgotten sewers that stretch beneath London's surface. Safely esconced in the London's effluvia, Tunnel Vision's troglodytes explored this hidden and somewhat mysterious subterranenan environment sonically and historically, leading us through a narrative of fact, fiction, anthropology, architecture, activism, music and sound.
Image: City of London, London Metropolitan Archives. Reproduced with kind permission from Thames Water.