Lewisham Drift 3 March 2011

Lewisham Drift

A Collective Futures Event

Tuesday 3 March 2011
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Laurie Bath Hall CR Goldsmiths

The Arts Committee from the Goldsmiths Library Occupation will facilitate a workshop on banners, placards and slogan-making for the “Lewisham Drift” to take place in conjunction with future demonstrations in London (e.g. 26 March). You are invited to bring a selection of your favourite quotations from books, films, songs, etc. We will use the technique of detournement to turn the quotations into slogans that respond to the current situation of crisis and cuts. During the workshop John Hutnyk will talk about the first two issues of The Paper and of current modes of collective knowledge production as forms of resistance.

After the workshop we will bring the slogans into the streets, visiting places that are significant for people struggling against the cuts in the area. With the Lewisham Anti Cuts Alliance we will visit the New Cross Library, which will be soon privatised, and the St James Family Learning Centre which will be closed down at the end of March. With Prof Les Back we will visit other locations in New Cross that have been sites of resistance during the past century. During the drift we’ll read some texts together, and music will be played by students from the Goldsmiths Music department, but feel free to bring your own favourite instrument.

The Lewisham Drift / Rehearsal for a Demo is intended as an attempt to open the University to its surrounding area, creating the possibility for a set of connections to take place in a collective (hopefully near) future.


Meetings at the Institute for Race Relations

The IRR is holding a series of seminars. The first will take place on 7 March 2011: ‘The Obama administration and the ‘War Against Terrorism”, the second will take place on 29 March 2011: ‘Where are we going on policing, counter-terrorism and civil liberties?’. To find out more about these events see:

Contemporary Africa on Screen programme: 25.2.2011

You are cordially invited to the next event in the  Contemporary Africa on
Screen programme.

Screening of

Join director Mohamed Osman-Kamara and journalist Ade Deramy to view their
latest documentary about Nigerian R&B band *P Square* during their trip to
the UK to perform. Among the biggest groups to come out of Africa today, P
Square are part of a new generation of African musicians who have
established themselves on the world stage through touring sell-out concerts
in football stadia across the continent.

In 2007, they released their best-selling album so far,* Game Over* which
sold 8 million copies worldwide. The screening is followed by a discussion,
led by Juma Bah of Community Action Southwark, examining the role of groups
like P Square in establishing a new kind of mass audience for
African-produced music.

Friday 25 February, 7pm, Free
South London Gallery
65 Peckham Road
London SE5 8UH

This event is part of CONTEMPORARY AFRICA ON SCREEN, curated by Jennifer
Bajorek, Goldsmiths, University of London, and the South London Gallery in
partnership with Juma Bah, Community Action Southwark

Screening and discussion are FREE, but booking recommended
On 020 7703 6120 or mail[AT]southlondongallery.org

Coming soon:

*Man Kenenki (Me, The Other).*

Originally scheduled for October, artist and feminist activist
Fatoumata Kandé Senghor presents a screening of her film *Man Kenenki (Me,
The Other).

Senghor lives and works in Dakar, Senegal and makes works in various media
including performance, film, video, photography and the written word. *Man
Kenenki* is the story of two brothers who travel between America and their
native Senegal, in a work which explores belonging, history, community and
identity. The screening is followed by a discussion of the issues raised in
the film and in Senghor’s new project, on young people in African cities,
with invited guests.

here and there: our leaders in the East

Angela Merkel in Saudi, Blair with Gadaffi, Obama with Mubarak, Cameron in Kuwait… presenting these pictures is also not without a certain exotica, but it tells a story that I think should be up front and centre – the uprisings in the Middle East are not just those people ‘over there’ struggling against ‘their’ despots, but must also become our revolutionary struggle against ‘our’ despots, who are in fact the same despots.

If its not that, it’s a kind of sick tourism. As Jody Mcintyre argued at Goldsmiths last night – the bullets killing protesters in Bahrain were ‘made in Britain’…

Middle East Arms Fair Oil Panic Crisis Endgame.

Note with contempt and scorn the efforts of the British Prime Minister to appear relaxed walking through Cairo’s Tahrir Square on the way to his important gloat over the first Gulf War, accompanying his arms-trader mates heading to a Lords-of-War fest in Abu Dhabi. View the PMs itinerary in the context of over a thousand UK weapons and ‘defense’ contracts signed in Kuwait since 2003, and recall that it was US tear gas used recently against protesters in Egypt, and that Libya’s Colonel was so recently embraced by Blair, Obama and, no surprise given the Pretorian angle, Berlusconi. Be amazed, but understand that with the current apoplectic convulsions of the Western elite vis a vis the people’s uprisings across the world – of course the right, just and timely thing to do now is visit a weapons sales conference! The consequences of the financial crisis, banking bailout and housing mortgage collapse means repressive gun-belt-tightening cut-backs at home, but it also entails a frantic drive for quick fire investment in unstable markets. Its an old play called cowboy capitalism, and the infamous likes of Halliburton, Blackwater (now Xe) and Aegis (formerly Sandline), are joined by the PMs own arms-‘trade delegation’ that includes manufacturers of attack planes, Riot control vehicles and CS gas, armaments and other radar, surveillance and secret ops specialists. Alongside Cameron on the trip are decorated scions such as: Ian King of BAE Systems; Charles Hughes, of defense/security service communications systems specialist and top 100 defense contractor, the Cobham Group; Douglas Castner of Ultra Electronics Airborne bomber designers with radio communications interests; and the managing director of military ‘nuclear market leader’ Babcock International, and more. Yes, of course these are the travelling companions you want with you when you head into Kuwait to commemorate 20 years of war with Iraq. Along the way, the discussion must turn to the volatile oil price, which bucks and trends with more than a little in-flight turbulence. What was conceived in one crisis plays out as a scramble for contracts during another – and the alibi of meeting a few ‘genuinely inspiring’ people who ‘have risked a lot for what they believe in’ while flanked by dodgy security grunts in Tahrir only reinforces the disingenuous hypocrisy of a man who believes in nothing but the short-term advantage for his gunslinger mates. If any tyrannical regime needs urgently to be defeated and changed, it is the ongoing market imperialism of the British Arms Industry, financed by bank bailouts and opportunist-militarist sales-talk even amidst cuts and crisis. These travellers should be kicked off the plane, the plane should be refused reentry and ditched, the PM dumped at sea. We need a Tahrir of our own, and it surely starts in Parliament Square SW1. -TW.