Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Croydon 3.0

From here (via someone on twitter - can't remember now who to credit), a Late Show doc on Croydon and its 1993 architecture competition to reimagine the city centre - a 'New York in Eastern Europe', an 'Alphaville', 'blown apart by the car'

the Late Show howl

Malcolm McLaren

the amazingly patrician Colin Amery

Paul Misraki's fantastic Alphaville score

While 1993 screams too recent for the classically hauntological, in one sense the doc is a classic example of k-Punk's formulation -- the architects' plans are futures never realized, all in different ways utopian. The 1993ness manifests itself quite strongly though in the quality of the utopias imagined, ie some are flippant bollocks (blue streetlights... put in lakes and build offices under them) or totally blinkered - Richard Rogers' spire / wind turbine.

It's also a good example of a phenomenon I can't quite name -- semiotic inertia? temporal drag? semiotic temporal drag? -- in which the early years of one decade somehow look intensely 'of' the previous decade, 1993 looking almost more 80s than the 80s in this case.

part 1

part 2

part 3

part 4

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