Magna Carta Manifesto – Free discussion in Dolerw Park with Owen Griffiths, Iain Boal and Peter Linebaugh

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FREE discussion in Dolerw Park, part of Becoming Garden, Owen Griffiths’ commission for flora

Saturday 20 June, 5-8pm, meet at Oriel Davies (park entrance) at 5pm. Arrive early and see the flora exhibition.

FREE. Booking essential.

Friends I am creating a way of life in which your ingredients will be returned to you…

Writers, academics, activist historians and documenters of the commons Iain Boal and Peter Linebaugh will be in conversation with artist Owen Griffiths at Becoming Garden, Dolerw Park. Food and refreshments will be provided.

This will be an in-conversation event where the themes of the artwork will set the context. Iain and Peter are extending the anti-austerity Celtic tour to join us for a special one off event at Becoming Garden, where they have been speaking about Magan Carta, the Commons, and the future of the UK post Scottish referendum. 2015 is the 800th year anniversary of the Magna Carta.

Peter Linebaugh, an historian currently residing in the region of the American Great Lakes (“the fresh, or third coast”), grew up amid the hopes and rubble of post-war London, was schooled by (among others) a wise woman of Appalachia, U.S. Marines in Bonn, Anglicans in Karachi, Quakers at Swarthmore, and Cold Warriors in New York.

Later he worked with E.P. Thompson at the Centre for the Study of Social History at the University of Warwick to learn the art and craft of “people’s remembrancing” which has taken printed results in Albion’s Fatal Tree, The London Hanged, The Many-Headed Hydra, Magna Carta Manifesto, and Stop, Thief!  

Iain Boal is an Irish social historian of science and technics. He moved to the US in the early 80s and taught at Harvard, Stanford, the University of California, and the San Francisco Art Institute. He is affiliated with the Geography Department, UC Berkeley, and Birkbeck, University of London. He is associated with the Retort group, and is one of the co-authors of Retort’s Afflicted Power: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War (Verso). He co-edited with James Brook Resisting the Virtual Life: The Culture and Politics of Information (City Lights) and – with Janferie Stone, Michael Watts and Cal Winslow – West of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern California (PM Press), an anthology on the flowering of communalism in the Bay Area and Mendocino during the 60s and 70s. In 2005/6 he held a Guggenheim Fellowship in science and technology; The Green Machine (forthcoming) is a report on his researches into ‘the bicycle in world culture’. He lives in Berkeley and London, where he is co-director of MayDay Rooms, a safe haven for ‘archives from below’ threatened with loss or erasure.

To book and for further information contact or 01686 625041.

(Shelter will be provided in the case of light rain. In more severe weather conditions provision will be made to move indoors.)

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