In the Zone: A Symposium

8 Sep 2013

Event times

2.30 - 5.30pm

Cost of entry

Tickets are £3 in advance. A limited number of tickets will be available on the door at £4.

The White Building

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 26, 48, 488
  • Hackney Wick Overland

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12 months ago, with London in the grip of Olympic fever, commentators would repeatedly exclaim how high-achieving, medal-winning athletes were ‘in the zone'.


Now that the expression has fully entered popular parlance, and with the Games a memory or afterthought, this symposium considers how the phrase might be applied to other aspects of contemporary life. If sportspeople drift in and out of ‘the zone' (for complex psychological and physiological reasons), urban spaces do too, whether according to the whims of fashion, or the dictates of planning. A panel of speakers encompassing diverse subjects will grapple with a concept that can clearly be put to multiple uses: to describe the heightened state of sporting excellence (and its elusiveness), the shifting boundaries of the city (and their porousness), and our contemporary preoccupation with, and immersion in, memory (and its fallibility). Featuring contributions from Professor Martin A Conway, Matthew Cornford & David Cross, Guy Mannes Abbott and Simon Pope. Introduced by Steven Bode, Director, Film and Video Umbrella and Omar Kholeif, Curator, Writer and Editor. Programmed by Film and Video Umbrella in partnership in partnership with SPACE. Part of a weekend of activity programmed in association with the ICA. Supported by The Wellcome Trust. The event is staged with additional support from The White Building, University of the Arts London and University of Brighton. Following the symposium, attendees are invited to the private view of The White Bear Effect, which will include an introduction to the work by Matthew Cornford & David Cross. ////////////////////////// White Bear Effect Private View The White Building, Ground Floor Studio Sunday 8 August 2013 5.30 — 8pm


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