Project Description

Reading session with Prof Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, May 2015. Image credit: People's Bureau.

Reading session with Prof Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, May 2015. Image credit: People’s Bureau.

A reading session and story-led walk conducted by Prof Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Professor of Law and Theory at the University of Westminster. The event took place around the People’s Bureau Shopping Cart installed on the first floor landing of Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre accross from Jenny’s Cafe.

My Corridors Will Remain – Imaginaria of Spatial Justice:

The project is in two parts. The first part consists of a reading group containing short narratives of urban spaces in the manner of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. Some of the narratives that will be read out are reimagined and rewritten Invisible Cities, some are newly written narratives. All of them have some connection to the Elephant and Castle shopping Centre, and play with the themes of real vs. imagined spaces, community vs. isolation, laws of space and movement, spatial justice and claiming of presence etc.

– Prof Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

Following the short readings from the text Invisible Cities, participants in small groups were asked to share their own personal and passed-on stories and histories of the immediate area. Prof P-M then knitted these fragments together to construct a route and new fiction to walk through the Shopping Centre with and bring it to life. At the event’s core was to bring forward hidden narratives  constructed in new ways to project a future for the life of the Shopping Centre.