New Lewisham 1977 Mural (and the Clifton Rise toilets)

A new mural was unveiled last month at Goldsmiths commemorating the August 1977 'Battle of Lewisham' when anti-fascists mobilised to oppose a march by the far right National Front from New Cross to Lewisham. Designed by Ted Low in collaboration with local community groups, the mural is a montage of images from photographs taken on ...

Deptford Gay Disco 1976

South East London gaysoc apparently grew out of Goldsmiths gay society and by 1976 was putting on what may have been the first 'regular gay disco' in the area - 'with upward of 60 local gays attending' -  at the Deptford Albany (then at its old building in Creek Road). Source: Gay News (London) March 11-24, ...

London Radical Bookfair 2018

London Radical Bookfair at Goldsmiths on Saturday went well, saw lots of people I haven't seen for a while (well, probably since the last bookfair) and helped out for a bit on the Datacide stall. I even bought a book or two, including a collection of stories by my old Brixton friend Rosanne Rabinowitz  (review later).Best ...

Strike at Goldsmiths

I've been down to the picket line at Goldsmiths in New Cross a couple of times in the last week to show support to the striking lecturers and other college staff. They have been taking part in a national strike which will continue next week unless there is some movement from employers in the next few days ...

Mark Fisher remembered at Goldsmiths

It is a year now since the sad death of  Mark Fisher, writer, critical thoughtist and lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths in New Cross. I remenber seeing him talk there around the time his best known work, Capitalist Realism, was published. Personally I was most fond of his work on K-punk blog (and then Dissensus forum) in the early/mid noughties when ...

Dennis Bovell – Lovers Rock as 1970s X-Factor

Earlier this month, Dennis Bovell was made an Honorary Fellow at Goldsmiths, a recognition of his contribution to music and his links to the South East London area. Bovell is probably best known for his many reggae/dub productions, including producing Linton Kwesi Johnson, helping to establish the Lovers Rock genre (including writing Silly Games for Janet ...

Rick Gibson – a police spy in 1970s South London radical movements

The latest undercover police spy in radical movements to be profiled by Undercover Research is 'Rick Gibson' (not his real name), who infiltrated Irish solidarity and other groups in South East London in the 1970s.'Gibson' was actually unmasked at the time after activists discovered that he was using the identity of a dead child (a ...

Chinese culture tasting, December 13

Brexit-proof yourself by learning about Chinese culture at the Goldsmiths Confucius Institute on December 13th. They say:Are you interested in Chinese Culture? Have you been thinking about trying out Tai Chi, Chinese Dance, Calligraphy or Mandarin?Goldsmiths Confucius Institute are holding a day of free Chinese Culture taster sessions on the 13th December.Timetable for the day: Tai ...

Overlap

Overlap (starts tonight, with a private viewing 6-9pm) is the 2017 final degree show for the MA Computational Arts programme at Goldsmiths College. The organisers explain:"The exhibition explores the exciting new waves originating from the intersection of art and technology. It features ground-breaking installations, interactive virtual and augmented realities, and thought-provoking conceptual works by mixed ...

Pussy Riot in New Cross

Maria Alyokhina, who was jailed in Putin's Russia for her activities with punk collective Pussy Riot, is speaking at the Centre for Investigative Journalism at Goldsmiths in New Cross on Wednesday 13 September 2017.Maria was convicted in 2012 of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” and sentenced to two years in prison. Upon her release she ...