Architectures of Displacement – Guangzhou, China. Tate Liverpool.

In April IUD created a Temporary Research Space to showcase at the Tate Exchange, Tate Liverpool. The work examined the current transformation of Chinese housing, focusing on domestic sites in Guangzhou. Drawing on fieldwork, the research space created an interactive resource of videos, texts and photographs to handle. The work is part of IUD’s ongoing witnessing of the dispossession and displacement produced by contemporary strategies of capital accumulation centred on housing.

The showcase also featured the screening of two films: A Walk in Xian Village (2015) and Industrial Road (2015).

IUD Jane in Xian Village (2015). Photo by John van Aitken.

Working with the LOOK 17 Photography Festival, IUD also organised a number of public talks at the Tate Liverpool and the Museum of Liverpool to explore the consequential geographies produced by the unbuilding and reimagining of these domestic landscapes at home and in China.

Below are a selection of recordings from the talks given:


Talk 1 – Paul Waley, School of Geography, University of Leeds

Down with the old – up with the new! Demolition and its consequences in Chinese cities

Dr Paul in discussion. Tate Exchange. Photo by Kenny Brown.


Talk 2 – Paul Watt, Department of Geography, Birkbeck, University of London

The Role of the Local State in London’s State-Led Gentrification

Group discussion on gentrification in Liverpool. Museum of Liverpool. Photo by Kenny Brown.


Talk 3- Marianna Tsionkis, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

Curating the Anthropocene: Rare Earths, Toxicity and Geopolitical Representations by Marianna Tsionkis, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art, Manchester.

Marianna Tsionkis in discussion at the Museum of Liverpool. Photo by Kenny Brown.


Talk 4 – Dr Eugenie Shinkle, University of Westminster

Untopographic: Urban Landscapes and the Global Imagination



Talk 5 – Professor Loretta Lees, University of Leicester

Planetary Gentrification: Uneven Development and Displacement 

Photo by Kenny Brown.

All talks were recorded by Jamie Heerlyn (

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