Dr Lindsay Bremner is an award-winning architect and writer and Director of Architectural Research at the University of Westminster. Her work includes the book Writing the City into Being: Essays on Johannesburg 1998 – 2008 (2010). Her current research projects, Geo-Architecture and Folded Ocean are investigating the relationships between architecture, geology and politics, and the impact of global mobility, trans-nationalism and environmental change on the Indian Ocean world.
She was previously the head of architecture departments in Philadelphia (USA) and Johannesburg (South Africa).
Dissident Water: Acid Mining in Johannesburg CLICK FOR VIDEO
In 2002, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, highly toxic water erupted from a disused mineshaft and flowed across the surface of the earth. This made geology – metals, salts, oxides, radio-active compounds – visible and knowable, not as hidden abstractions or scientific facts, but as above-ground experience and matters of concern. In this presentation, I discuss the water as an agent of political and spatial dissent, that has set up unprecedented associations of academics, activists, artists, hippo, politicians, newly floated companies, scientists and shack dwellers in a rowdy assembly working towards the possibility of the composition of a common world.