From: Steven Ball (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Jul 27 2006 - 14:41:58 PDT
URBAN RESEARCH ON FILM
curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr
With the increased dynamic of urban development, more artists are
concerned with urban space as a theme and issue. This selection shows a
range of new short experimental and documentary work by international
We welcome Klaus W. Eisenlohr who will introduce this selection from
his ongoing Urban Research film and video screening project curated for
Directors Lounge in Berlin.
4:00pm, Sunday 6th August 2006
basement of CANDID ARTS TRUST,
3 Torrens St,
London, EC1V 1NQ
(behind Angel Underground station)
4:15, 2004, Portugal
"Oh no, my parents arrived - we need to move - ... - we made it!" The
promise of a future and a new life in the old modernist residencies,
the artist depicts a possible beautification!
You Are Not From Here
9 min, 2005, USA
You Are Not From Here is a record of a rapidly disappearing vernacular
landscape. With an oblique narration about the process of
gentrification, the film explores the notions of discovery, belonging,
and the meaning we project on our environment.
Created for the Kodak Against The Grain Super-8 Invitational.
If You Lived Here You Would Be Home By Now
15:00, 2001, USA
If You Lived Here, You'd be Home by Now is about the divisiveness over
land, the relationship of public and private space in small town
America, and the concept of home. Using documentary strategies,
landscape stills are juxtaposed to stories "ripped from headlines" of a
small-town newspaper. The struggle over public space described in the
stories, reflect universal concepts of space, privacy and property
in 'na City
Papa 'n Razzi aka Kemmy Thyssen
7:33, 2005, Germany
in 'na City seeks harmony and connectivity between images and music. A
collage of images from the City of Hannover - skyscrapers, traffic, the
surface of the city and its mesh - creates a new vision. Images and
colours complement musical sounds and rhythms. Everyday space and
vernacular modern architecture are the matrix of the pulsing music.
Music by Systetic, now named: i n d i z
Stadtrandzone Mitte in Langenhagen (excerpt)
Klaus W. Eisenlohr
4:30, 2005, Germany
In a changed urban environment, in the city-in-between, in the
urbanized zones, the possible narratives have already changed.
Occurrences, happenings and interaction are key for the transformation
of a transitory space to human space. In this excerpt of Stadtrandzone
Mitte, a group of youngsters from Hannover show in a couple of scenes,
how they interact in public space. The scenes were guided, photographed
and edited by Klaus W. Eisenlohr.
Roger Warren Beebe
5:00, 2005, USA
A disused gas station offers a curious imperative to passers-by: SAVE.
A riddle posed in the form of architecture: what is there to save?
Another instalment in the history of Americans pointing their cameras
at gas stations; an attempt to figure out something about where we've
been, where we're headed, and what's been left behind.
7:00, 2006, France
An improvised walk through Paris at night
"Slices of light graffito Paris at night: the tracery of the city's
nocturnal bioluminescence." (antimatter)
2:26, 2005, Canada
A corridor, a passageway between offices, becomes the internal and
visible projection of the outside city. Dream, hope or hallucination?
Virginie Laganière, with very dry humor, shows imaginary metamorphosis
of the daily urban environment.
On A Slow Boat to China
Sonja Lillebaeck Christensen
18:00, Denmark, 2005
Single men on the waterfront is not an urban phenomenon but solitairy
men are. The filmmaker tells us how she watches them. Her camera does
not watch objectively, she peers, glances, stares, as she creates
empathetic but also ironic stories for them. Sonja Lillebaek
Christensen surprises us with her freshness while avoiding any rules or
genres. And she tells us something about urban live in very simple
ways, maybe because she does not really feel part of it herself.
Dirk Holzberg and Jörg Pfeiffer
3:25, Germany 2001
audio by Mouse on Mars
For an hour a tram is transformed into an audio/visual laboratory by a
group of artists, accompanied by the electronic band Mouse on Mars who
play live on as it travels through the centre of Cologne. Live cameras
capture the inner and outer environment of the tram, the video images
are edited in real-time and then projected back onto the passing urban
landscape.The resulting image stream is in turn filmed again, mixing
the inner and outer space further. The architecture of Cologne becomes
an integral part of both the construction and the projection of the
acoustic and visual timeframe.
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.