Social Cinema consisted of three temporary cinemas, each installed for one night only into the existing urban fabric of the 2006 London Architectural Biennale designated route between Exmouth Market and the Millennium Bridge. Films and lectures about, set in, or commenting on London and its architecture were stunningly projected upon the city itself.
At each location, buildings became screens, steps seating, and residents generously gave power, or loaned their houses as projection booths. The architectural fabric of the temporary cinemas was improvisery; pallets borrowed from an adjacent market made temporary bleachers, plastic crates from local pubs and restaurants became seating, neighbours joined the audience, and volunteers with torches transformed into ushers. Social Cinema turned un-built spaces into auditoria and spectacularly intervened in neglected places around landmark buildings.
Social Cinema 3
24th June - 9.30 pm 2006
St Pauls Walk under the Millennium Bridge EC4
Programme: excerpts of lectures by
Reyner Banham, This Is Tomorrow Exhibition, 1976
Denys Lasdun, National Theatre South Bank, 1989
Jacques Herzog, Tate Modern, 1999
John Smith, Girl Chewing Gum. 1974
And the Straight 8 selection of
Sandalz, Deja Vu, 2005
Benrt Lutzeler, Rapid Eye Love, 2005
Darren Walsh, Rauhalglauarghuauagh! 2005
Short films found on-line
I collaborated with architects Peter Thomas and Catherine du Toit of 51% studios architecture, and Marysia Lewandowska on Social Cinema