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The playground depicted in this film was built in 1967 by the architect Ernö Goldfinger, part of the brutalist Balfron Tower, East London. Through the use of framing and re-framing Goldfinger's Playground narrativises the geography of space, revealing a path from outside the playground area, into the interior of the playground. The framing of the image is central to the exploration of space in the Playground. It reveals a progression, a sequencing of shots, showing how the ‘compositional’ desire of the architect dominated the needs of those who the playground was designed for.+ More details
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3 minute excerpt of 10:00 minutes Infos at www.janakoelmel.com Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a private link to the full length film.+ More details
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Shop Côte&Ciel at oki-ni http://www.oki-ni.com/brands/cote-et-ciel/ See the Côte&Ciel // oki-ni feature at http://www.oki-ni.com/features/cote-et-ciel-x-oki-ni-video Taking its lead from the concept of the urban nomad, Côte&Ciel has partnered with cult online retailer oki-ni to create a short film that illustrates the relationship between the traveller and the modern cityscape. Filmed in the Barbican Estate, on the eastern fringes of central London, the film’s protagonist embarks on a journey of discovery. Initially he is wary of his brutalist surroundings - yet as the film progresses, his trepidation becomes curiosity and finally, a celebration of his environment. Built between 1965 and 1976, on a site that had been bombed in World War II. The Barbican is a fitting site for exploring the texture of London. Once voted as the ugliest building in the capital, the monolithic complex has been re-evaluated and now boasts a Grade II listing – a recognition of its role in the city’s heritage, and a protection against further development. The site’s industrial facades also form a fitting backdrop for Côte&Ciel, particularly in the brand’s innovative use of materials. Acting both as urban camouflage and protective casing, the film showcases both the Isar and Rhine rucksacks in a weatherproof coated canvas and the Meuse in a optical concrete herringbone weave – each allowing the wearer to blend with his environment in silhouettes that are fast becoming as iconic as their urban surroundings. Directed by Alessandro Tinelli. Hair and Make-Up by Takuya Uchiyama.+ More details
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Jaspar Joseph-Lester has been LGP’s artist in resident during the early Autumn months and from this, has produced a guidebook for the city. The guidebook sticks to a traditional format and tone but presents an incongruous script of the city. In conjunction with the guidebook, LGP commissioned Joseph-Lester's video Grand Canal on the Big Screen in Millennium Place, Coventry. Grand Canal is a dreamlike repeated journey of a gondola ride through artificial (Las Vegas Casino Hotel resort) and authentic Venetian canals. The work deliberates on the cultural and architectural components that narrate geographical space. Screened at a prominent public site, the work cuts an odd ethereal vision into Coventry’s concrete civic space.+ More details
The Tricorn Shopping Centre, in Portsmouth, was seen as a leading example of 1960's Brutalist architecture in the UK. It took on an almost anti-iconic status of all that was bad in the building of that period. It was demolished in 2004 - but for many it was remembered fondly, and for others it had architectural qualities to be celebrated. It has been commemorated, on the tenth anniversary of its demolition, in an exhibition "Tricorn: Controversy in Concrete" at the Portsmouth City Museum. This video is a fleeting record of the launch event for that exhibition. Acknowledgements: The Advent Chamber Orchestra "Bughici - Suite for Violin 9 Hora vivace" (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Advent_Chamber_Orchestra/Selections_from_the_November_2006_Concert/Advent_Chamber_Orchestra_-_09_-_Bughici_-_Suite_for_Violin_9_Hora_vivace) "Bughici - Suite for Violin, 8 Ardeleneasca, moderato" (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Advent_Chamber_Orchestra/Selections_from_the_November_2006_Concert/ Advent_Chamber_Orchestra_-_08_-_Bughici_-_Suite_for_Violin_8_Ardeleneasca_moderato) "Bughici - Suite for Violin, 7 Lyric Song, lento" (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Advent_Chamber_Orchestra/Selections_from_the_November_2006_Concert/ Advent_Chamber_Orchestra_-_07_-_Bughici_-_Suite_for_Violin_7_Lyric_Song_lento)+ More details
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'Something to do with my Father' is a collaborative project of photographer, video artist and writer Jana Koelmel, working together with contemporary dancer, and choreographer Lauren Bridle. Together we are in the process of creating a video installation based on Jana’s intimate short story with the same title. The piece translates the text into movements, words, images, sounds, and music. In a broken narrative it opens up a mental space that speaks about fatherly love, the passing on of traumata throughout generations and its’ influence on our relationships. Two dancers translate inner landscapes into movement. The moving image piece is set in two main locations: Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate, a brutalist council housing estate, and a wooden raft floating in the middle of a lake. A voice dives in and out, accompanied by spherical music, and reveals a collection of memories, a reflection on the tension between connectedness and disconnections. Its’ intimate space invites the viewer to enter a personal realm of thoughts, a world of strange but familiar emotions. Starting off as collaboration between Jana and Lauren, this project furthermore involves music compositions, based on the text, by contemporary music composer Alberto Santamaría Lázaro, and a voice over spoken by the German actress Aischa-Lina Löbbert.+ More details
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“A City Still” is an experimental documentary that was shot in and around Preston Lancashire City centre. The film gives the viewer whether they know Preston or not the chance to experience it, or a city centre in a strange and unusual light. In the travels around the city the film takes in the historical and unique example of Brutalist architecture that is Preston Bus Station. The film was directed by David N Pilling and features an original soundtrack by Matul.+ More details
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