Open City Documentary Festival, Special Events, Edge

Edge: where an area that is known or privileged meets another that is unknown or ignored.

Together with Urban Lab Films and The Bartlett’s Film+Place+Architecture PhD network, we present a three-part screening series that will compliment the EDGE symposium organised by UCL and the 2017 Folkestone Triennial.

The Edge project is a narrative driven exploration of contemporary situated practice in 'edge' urban settings, focusing on in-between spaces and the creative ways to which these can be used. Guest speakers will bring their own perspectives from the worlds of art, architecture, and anthropology to compliment the curated film programmes.

The screenings will be held at three locations each of which are situated on the High Speed 1 rail link (HS1) route between London and Folkestone. Each event will explore one of the symposiums’ three key themes - Gateway, Periphery and Border.


dir. Paul Kelly, Kieran Evans | 2003 | UK | 57'

A hymn to London that takes us on a journey from the suburbs to the heart of the city, with a mesmerizing score by Saint Etienne (Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs and Sarah Cracknell). London has long been a source of influence, stimulation and curiosity for the band, and the film is a poignant 'psycho-geographical' drama that celebrates the capital in both its seediness and glory. Exploring the dreams the city holds for so many alongside the reality of urban life, the result is an extraordinary record of London today.

Also screening are the short films:

Disseminate and Hold

dir. Rosa Barba | 2016 | 22'

Rosa Barba’s film work Disseminate and Hold investigates man-made geographies and landscapes, and how these are often deeply enmeshed with political agendas and utopian visions. The film introduces us to the Minhocão (or “Big Worm”) – an elevated highway that runs through the heart of São Paulo. Built in the 1970s, with the intention of doubling traffic capacity into the centre of the city, the highway has always been synonymous with darker political undertones. In the work, the artist considers not just the history of the Minhocão, but also its current existence, examining the complex relationships between the road, the surrounding buildings and people of São Paulo. Barba reflects on the traces that history leaves on the landscape and urban environment, and suggests that these changes often only manifest themselves in a society’s subconscious. 

About Now MMX
dir. William Raban | 2011 | 28'

Shot from the 21st floor of the iconic Balfron Tower, the film takes in the city of London below. Filmed mostly in time-lapse with the camera tracking across this aerial field of view, the intention is to create a cinematic map that exposes the neural networks of the post-modern metropolis; producing a film that reveals the workings of London’s nervous system.

Followed by a panel discussion with Keiran Evans, James O'Leary, Amica Dall and Matthew Beaumont.

James O'Leary - Senior Lecturer, The Bartlett School of Architecture, Faculty of the Built Environment.

Matthew Beaumont - author, editor and academic. He centres on various aspects of the metropolitan city, especially at nighttime. His most recent book is Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London, the first installment of an attempt to reconstruct a cultural history of the urban subject at night, from the Middle Ages to the present, in order to present an alternative to the modernist myth of the flâneur.

Amica Dall - Director of Turner Prize-winning architecture collective Assemble, a democratically run architecture, art and design practice whose work spans urban design, public art, research, community organisation and construction. Assemble’s projects are united by an ambition to make cities more humane, various and joyful places to live. Assemble began in 2010 and is comprised of 18 members. Their working practice seeks to address the typical disconnection between the public and the process by which places are made. 


Join us at the launch of this exciting new film series as part of Open City Documentary Festival.

In collaboration with UCL urban labs, Film + Place + Architecture and the Bartlett School of Architecture. 

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