Combining experiments with green screen film and animation with concepts of legacy explored through work with the changing Olympic area this temporary installation laid out a theatrical mis en scene in which Dorothy/The Wizard of Oz/Ozymandias falls under the somnambulist spell of the poppies en route to a perfect future. The installation was staged at Cities Methodologies 2012 to mark the launch of the book The Art of Dissent: Adventures in London’s Olympic State and provided the backdrop to a discussion around the themes of the book including the idea of legacy as aftermath.
Cities Methodologies is an initiative to showcase innovative methods of urban research from across UCL and the wider urban research community. Through peer-reviewed exhibits and events, it draws together undergraduate, masters, and doctoral research, alongside work produced by academics and other researchers and practitioners. Cities Methodologies promotes cross- and inter-disciplinary work and in 2012 showcased recent research on a wide range of cities including Detroit, Paris, London, Johannesburg, Mumbai and Beirut. Visitors to Cities Methodologies encounter diverse methods of urban research in juxtaposition – from archival studies to digital media experiments, practice-led art, architectural and design work to film-making, soundscapes, games and public sculpture.