Iain Sinclair Talk

Marine Court Rendezvous: Concrete Modernism in St Leonards-on-Sea and the Colonisation of the World’s Oceans by Cruise Liners.


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Wednesday, March 15, 5-7pm

University of Sussex, Falmer Campus, Silverstone, SB121

Iain Sinclair is a poet, writer and filmmaker. He has documented his travels around the M25, through the streets of Hackney, and towards the 2012 Olympic Park on a swan-shaped pedalo. But his books have also taken his readers to Sussex. He has embarked upon writerly voyages from Marine Court in St Leonards, Hastings. Completed in 1938, the building is a striking example of modernist architecture, inspired by the sleek shape of a cruise liner. A discussion of the 1930s utopianism that constructed such a building was blended together in this talk with reflections on the invasion of monster cruise-cities in Barcelona and Palermo. The talk also featured a screening of the film, Marine Court Rendezvous.

The event was organized by the Centre for Modernist Studies and the Centre for Creative and Critical Thought both at the University of Sussex. It is also related to the Sussex Modernism project.

Please contact Hope Wolf (h.wolf@sussex.ac.uk) if you have questions about this event.