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14:00 - 16:00 29 October 2014

7 Isles Unclaimed


Slade Research Centre | Woburn Square (link Map)
London | WC1H 0AB | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Dr. Amit Rai, Queen Mary, University of London

7 Isles Unclaimed is an image repository of speculative fiction regarding the reclamation (or lack thereof) of land masses for the city of Mumbai (then Bombay). Bombay was composed of 7 islands that underwent a series of reclamations forming a peninsula. There follows a trajectory of flash-points in the timeline of the city when specific incidents triggered the reclamation of land. This project conjectures the condition of the city if those specific flash-points in the timeline leading to reclamation were never realised, leaving the space between the islands 'unclaimed'.

The aim of the workshop will be to investigate how histories are recorded and how they can be altered by the removal/ addition of events that were critical in the development of a city (in this case Bombay). Stories from factual data, accounts, fictionalised events will be rearranged thus offering alternate timelines.


Jordan Rowe
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