Last Friday (21st October, 2011) I attended a session titled “Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: Whose Legacy?” at Centre for Contemporary Arts as part of Document9 international film festival. The session was organised by Glasgow 2014 Games Monitor, who aim to uncover and highlight scandals surrounding Glasgow’s games.
Document9 is an annual film festival in Glasgow and this year’s theme was protest.
Delivering the session was Dr. Libby Porter, who with a few other members set out in creating Games Monitor 2014 to keep tabs and observe everything relating to the games. Each of the members of Games Monitor spoke about their involvement and the work they do and then played the following film – Hope, memories, loss & community : Dalmarnock.
After viewing the film we heard from Margaret Jaconelli who explained how she lost her appeal to keep her Dalmarnock home, which has since been demolished to make room for the athletes village. Her story was first hand explaining all the problems she has experienced when her house was purchased under a compulsory purchase order. She described her ordeal during the eviction and claims she hasn’t received any money from Glasgow City Council and is taking her case to the European Court of Human Rights.
An emotional plea was given from two careers of the Accord Centre, which faces closure to make way for a bus park for the games. Originally the centre was due to receive £250,000 to help them relocate to another site, this was included in the candidate city games legacy plan but revoked once the games struggled with money.
Loads of encouraging discussions ignited in the room about the way mainstream media had tackled the 2014 problems by ignoring them, an example was the Save the Accord protest during Open Weekend which I witness and was filmed by camera crews but nothing made the local or nation news bulletins.
Afterwards, I spoke briefly to Libby about collaboration of resources with the #media2014 project in using stories they uncover as an additional platform to release them. Watch this space.
Also mentioned during the afternoon’s discussion was the lack of information available on the internet relating to displacement in both London2012 and Glasgow 2014 games with vasts amount of archive materials on both the Beijing and Athens games. Interesting.
What is #media2012?
I’ve written a fair bit about #media2012 on my website, but haven’t quite explained what it is. #media2012 is a project founded by AND Fest, London 2012 Creative Programme Network and University of the West of Scotland creating a new media legacy around the London 2012 Olympic Games. The idea is to create media centres in the different regions e.g Scotland, North West and report on Olympic related activity in these areas creating a network of Citizen Journalists across the UK. The #media2014 plan is similar to this reporting on Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games which were billed as “Scotland’s Games” so we expect activities happening all over Scotland. Again, watch this space. More about the #media2012 project can be found here www.media2012.org.uk and www.bit.ly/media2012