Manchester + Liverpool ///

Beiprogramm /// in Kooperation mit Tate Liverpool, Picturehouse at FACT Liverpool Urbis Manchester und Cornerhouse Manchester (tbc). 

November 21, 2007,  6 p.m.
Branding, Bullshit of the Built Environment: What stopped Manchester shrinking?
CUBE, Manchester
Debate hosted by journalist Sarah Jarvis
Four speakers get 10 minutes each to respond to the title and present their thoughts on why Manchester has become anything but a shrinking city. With thanks to URBED. Booking in advance essential

November 22, 2007, 12-1 p.m.
FACT broadcast: Documenting Polarisation
RENEW Rooms, Liverpool
Dr. Rob MacDonald (Reader in Architecture at Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Art and Design) will discuss his collaborative work ‘Polarisation of The City’ with fellow guests Martin Downey (Director, Liverpool School of Art and Design), Sarah Moriarty (Lecturer in Product Design, JMU) and Tim Fielding (Fine Art Student, JMU).

November 22, 2007, 6-8 p.m.
Self Governance
Site Art Gallery
Film Screenings presenting strategies of action focussing on Urban Communication and DIY Building: Blinkenlights by Chaos Computer Club; Corviale by Stalker; Rural Studio by Chuck Schultz

November 22, 2007, 10 – 12pm
Shrinking Cities/Revolution fm music session
on 96.2fm Revolution and on
Scott Carey presents Transmission for Shrinking Cities including music from Germany, Russia, Detroit, Manchester and Liverpool.

November 27, 2007, 6-8 p.m.
TALKIE: Northern Urban Renaissance?
Urbis, Manchester (£3)
Discussion with Beatriz Garcia (Impacts08), David Rudlin (URBED), Michael Trainor (artist) tbc, chaired by John Robb (music journalist)
Urban experts speak about cultural regeneration and the problem of the Shrinking City in the North of England. How should Manchester reinvent itself?)

November 29, 2007, 6-9 p.m.
Late at Tate - Liverpool Art and the City
Get involved in the debate about contemporary art, Liverpool and regeneration. View films about the city curated by the City in Film research project (Liverpool University), take in neighbouring Site Gallery's Shrinking Cities exhibition and end the night enjoying a performance by Liverpool's home grown Hot Club de Paris.

November 29, 2007, 6-7,30 p.m.
Turner Prize 2007- In Conversation Are you ready? 
Discussion moderated by Roger Phillips of BBC Radio Merseyside
What does the arrival of Turner Prize 2007 mean for Liverpool and what is the relationship between contemporary art and the city? This discussion between representatives of contemporary art collectives, arts institutions including Liverpool Biennial and development groups such as Liverpool Vision and Grosvenor will discuss contemporary art and the city, peoples' expectations for 2008 and if Liverpool is ready for its year as European Capital of Culture. This talk will be recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio Merseyside

December, 4, 2007, 6-8 p.m.
The re-development of the Bluecoat
Talk with: Hans van der Heijden, biq architects, and Mark Kyffin of Austin:Smith-Lord
The completion of the re-development of the Bluecoat in 2008 will see this much-loved local institution once again open to the public after a major restoration and extension project.  Hans van der Heijden of biq architects will be speaking about the massive task all those involved in the project faced and how the development will look, both inside and out. 
Reservation required at: anna.johnson*at*

December 6, 2007, 6-8 p.m.
Occupying Space
Site Art Gallery
Film screenings presenting strategies for action on spatial appropriation through sports, urban agriculture in Detroit and St. Petersburg as well as proactive migration policies in rural Spain: sportification by complizen; Aguaviva by Mario Burbano, Verónica Marchiaro; Garden Stories by Boris Gerrets

December 11, 2007, 6 p.m.
Shrinking Cities in focus
Talk with Tobias Zielony and Ken Grant
CUBE, Manchester
The photographer Tobias Zielony (Behind the Block) travelled to the outskirts of modern cities such as Halle, Marseille, and Bristol to explore and portray youth culture. For his Benny Profane series, Ken Grant took photographs of the Bidston Moss rubbish dump in Birkenhead, where people sieve through the rubbish looking for objects they hope to be able to sell. With the kind support of the Goethe Institute, Manchester.

December 11, 2007, 6-8 p.m.
Urban Regeneration and Culture
Discussion with John Stonard (CABE), Steve Miles (Reader in Sociology, University of Liverpool), Paul Kelly (HMR! Public Realm Manager).
Come join our panel for a discussion on the regeneration and cultural changes that have swept through Liverpool in recent years. Will these changes continue? Has it worked? Where do we go next?

January 12, 2008, 6–8 p.m.
Independent Film at the Dock
Site Art Gallery
Curated by Sam Pepper
To celebrate the launch of the capital of culture, The Albert Dock Company presents a series of short films originating from Liverpool at Sites Biennial Cinema. In partnership with local creative agencies Sam Pepper curates a collection of short films produced by Merseyside’s independent film makers.

January 16, 2008, 6-8 p.m.
Sonic Graffiti

RENEW Rooms, Liverpool
Concept by: Peter Appleton (Reader in Creative Technology, JMU School of Art and Design).
The mobile phone will be used as a recording tool – for sounds or comment about the city. Invitations will be made to contribute through our answering system to a repository of voices and urban noise. Within a spatial sound installation these sounds will be randomly distributed forming an immersive and updating narrative and ambient urban backdrop. This archive will then be made available as a digital resource.

January 18, 2008, 7-10 p.m.
“L8ter” film screening

OUTPOST Dingle, Park Street, Liverpool
4 documentaries produced by Toxteth TV. More info:,

January 19-24, 2008
Shrinking Cities Film

Screenings at Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool
While the subject of shrinking cities was tabooed for many years in the fields dealing with urban development, since 1945 it has been treated in a variety of ways on film. Since 1990, shrinking cities have been the distinctive framework of the plots in the new German films set in eastern Germany. A selection of new German films will be shown at the Picturehouse at FACT in Liverpool. With the kind support of the Goethe Institute, Manchester.

Sat, Jan 19, 2008, 12.30 p.m.
Director Hans-Christian Schmid, colour, 105 min., 2003

Sat, Jan 19, 2008, 2.30 p.m.
Halbe Treppe/ Grill Point
Director Andreas Dresen, colour, 107 min., 2001

Sun, Jan 20, 2008, 12.30 p.m.
Vergiss Amerika
Director Vanessa Jopp, colour, 90 min., 2000

Sun, Jan 20, 2008, 2.30 p.m.
Neben der Zeit/ Outside Time
Director Andreas Kleinert, colour, 107 min, 1995

Thurs, Jan 24, 2008, 6.30 p.m.
Neustadt (Stau – der Stand der Dinge)/ Neustadt Jammed - the Status Quo Director Thomas Heise, colour, 90 min., 2000

January 22, 2008, 6-8 p-m.
Creating Images

Film screenings presenting strategies for action by image production through architecture, art and music: Post Barnsley by squint opera, Alsop Architects; Come Unto Me – The faces of Tyree Guyton by Nicole Cattell; The Sound of Two Cities by Elliot Eastwick

January, 23, 2008, 6-8 p.m.
Urban regeneration policies

RENEW Rooms, Liverpool
Discussion with Anna Minton (Moderation), Matthias Bernt (Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig), Anne Power (London School of Economics), Michael Simon (City of Liverpool, Community Development), David Rudlin (URBED)
The participants will discuss the concepts of urban regeneration policies in Germany and Great Britain  - Stadtumbau Ost, Socially Integrative City versus pathfinder, urban task force, etc. - subject the efforts made and successes achieved by Manchester and Liverpool with respect to urban regeneration to critique, and will pose the legitimate question as to its social compatibility. With the kind support of the Goethe Institute, Manchester.

January 24, 2008, 2-3 p.m.
FACT broadcast: Change & The City

Site Art Gallery, Liverpool
tenantspin will be continuing its exploration of urban regeneration schemes against the backdrop of the International touring exhibition Shrinking Cities.  North Liverpool is currently home to Europe's largest regeneration site while the City Centre changes with every passing month as capital developments and consumer led regeneration schemes begin to shape a new future for the city.  We invite you to join the discussion with our panel of experts ranging for Urban planners to regeneration officials and community members. 

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