London before and after seems to be on our minds at the moment. Ever since that week in July that seemed to give with one hand and then took it all away with the other, the people who live and work here have been forced to think about this place with a certain amount of trepidation. What has changed? What will change? What can we change back and what will change forever?
Tate Modern is offering artists and others a week-long opportunity to explore these questions with a particular focus on Elephant and Castle. St Etienne's preoccupation is with East London in its period of calm before it undergoes a drastic and irrevocable Olympic facelift; their new film What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day?
"... is set in the vast mysterious pylon-covered wasteland that is the Lower Lea Valley, East London, on the eve of the Olympic redevelopment. Through the eyes of a paperboy on his first day at work, the band and film crew race against time to document buildings, landmarks and people before they disappear to make way for stadiums, spacious plazas and Olympic villages."
The film will be shown at RIBA this evening, and is bound to be a hot ticket as this film has few public outings. Director Paul Kelly, producer Andrew Hinton and Bob Stanley from Saint Etienne will introduce the film and will follow it with a Q&A session. Catch it if you can.
What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day? at RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD, tonight 6.30pm. Tickets cost £12.00. For more information and to book, go to the RIBA website here.