Alternative London by Nicholas Saunders. Image Credit: Nicholas Saunders
Today's urban middle-classes are in the late stages of cognitive dissonance, engaged in what the writer Tom Wolfe called ‘double tracking’: enjoying the cultural benefits of leaning left and the financial benefits of leaning right.
Double tracking extends the hand of the accountant exchanging a fiver for an artisanal loaf, froths the milk of the graphic designers drinking flat whites while sitting on hessian sacks, and sprays the can of the legally sanctioned graffiti on the side of a pop-up container city.
This tour will explore South East London, looking at how tropes of alternative, marginalised and antiestablishment culture are deployed in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. The tour will be joined by artist Emily Pope.
Rosanna Mclaughlin is a writer and curator. She is currently working on a book of collected essays on the duplicities of the middle-classes, published by Little Island Press in 2018.
Emily Pope is an artist whose practice explores the potential of socio-political monologues and how these function within contemporary media. Recent exhibitions & projects include, The Court Summons, Ladette Space, London, Tarantellegra, Hester, New York, Trace Programme w/ Aspirational Living, Nottingham, On Coping, Auto Italia, London, and together with Ruth Angel Edwards, Got 2 B radio show on Resonance FM.
Meeting point to be provided prior to the event.