Events

Architecture on Film

Ongoing

A bi-monthly series of film screenings that offer an expanded view of how architecture and the city are represented and discussed across cinema, documentary and art. Presented within the singular architecture of London's Barbican Centre.

The series incorporates UK premieres, chaired discussions, reprise screenings and curated programmes, contextualised through commissioned programme notes, introductions and Q&As.

Venue
The Barbican Centre

Koolhaas HouseLife / Gan Eden

24 September 2008 6.30pm

Two UK premieres and two distinctive looks at the inner lives and afterlives or radical contemporary architecture. Followed by a Q+A with all filmmakers, chaired by Sam Jacob (FAT)

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Architecture on Film: Koolhaas HouseLife / Gan Eden

Code 46 + Michael Winterbottom Q&A

24 November 2008 7.00pm

Depicting the future through a collage of the present. Followed by a Q+A with the director, production designer and Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG; available to watch online in full.

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Architecture on Film: Code 46 + Michael Winterbottom Q&A

Los Angeles Plays Itself

21 January 2009 7.00pm

An essential documetary on the world's greatest urban film lot. Introduced by Kodwo Eshun, writer, theorist and artist.

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Architecture on Film: Los Angeles Plays Itself

Colossal Youth

30 March 2009 7.00pm

A mesmeric feature film documenting the last days of an informal neighbourhood before its transfer to a planned development. Introduced by Jonathan Romney, Sight and Sound.

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Architecture on Film: Colossal Youth

Wonderland / Streamside Day

18 May 2009 7.00pm

Suburban Dreams: An evening dedicated to the American suburb. Introduced by Geoff Shearcroft, AOC Architecture.

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Architecture on Film

Buckminster Fuller Meets the Hippies / Counter Communities

14 July 2009 7.00pm

Spaceship Earth and the Designer Guru: Two films documenting architectural alternatives, and a countercultural response to visionary architect Buckminster Fuller.

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Architecture on Film

In the Pit

28 September 2009 6.30pm

The private life of urban infrastructure envisioned through a uniquely personal take on direct cinema, in an award winning documentary on the construction of Mexico City's Periferico Freeway. Introduced by Gareth Jones, L.S.E.

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Architecture on Film

London / Driftwood + Patrick Keiller Q&A

Tuesday 17 November, 6.30pm

Two exceptional psycho-geographical wanderings through the changing face of London at the end of the 20th century.

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Architecture on Film

Public Housing

Thurs 28 Jan 2010 6.30pm

A masterful film about the distance between problems and solutions, structures and people – and therein perhaps the true core essence of architecture itself. A rare opportunity to see the work of this modern master on the big screen.

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Architecture on Film : Public Housing

En Construcción (Work in Progress)

Mon 29 Mar 2010 6.15pm

Magical cinema that takes a keen look at the transformation and inhabitation of Barcelona's El Raval district, as both a window onto wider realities and as a bridge between the past and the future. A document of a city, ‘searching for its future while jostling its past.'

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Architecture on Film: En Construcción

Chain / Death By Chocolate

Mon 24 May 2010 8.30pm

Corporate arcadias, a mosaic of global urban sprawl, the ‘superlandscape’ of anonymity, and the greatest show on earth in Jem Cohen's Chain, and artist Dan Graham's short film Death By Chocolate - which we are delighted to be bringing to the UK for the first time.

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Architecture on Film: Chain / Death By Chocolate

True Stories

Weds 21 July 2010 6.30pm

Directed, staring and co-written by David Byrne (Talking Heads), True Stories weaves tabloid tales, musical numbers, economics and urbanism into a warm-hearted absurdist portrait of a small fictional Texan town and its inhabitants. ‘A completely cool, multi-purpose movie.’

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Architecture on Film: True Stories

Beijing / Midtown + Sarah Morris Q&A

Thurs 4 Nov 2010 6.15pm

The UK Premiere of Sarah Morris's latest urban portrait, Beijing, preceded by a screening of her very first film, Midtown. We are delighted to have the artist with us on the evening for a Q&A following the screening.

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Architecture on Film: Beijing / Midtown + Sarah Morris Q&A

Dark Days / Substrait

Mon 31 Jan 2011 6.30pm

An award winning document of a subterranean community in the tunnels beneath New York City, from a filmmaker who spent two years underground with his subjects and collaborators. Plus, artist Gordon Matta-Clark's parallel 1976 16mm sketchbook of NYC's sewers, crypts and tunnels.

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Architecture on Film: Dark Days / Substrait

In Comparison / The Creators of Shopping Worlds

Thursday 30 September 2010 6.15pm

A pair of films examining architecture from the building block to mind control from esteemed filmmaker Harun Farocki, whose work - situated in a unique space between fine art and film in practice - produces visual essays in equal parts poetry and politics.

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Architecture on Film: Harun Farocki Double Bill

Detroit Wild City / Detroit: City On The Move

Tues 8 March 2011 6.15pm / Mon 11 April 8.45pm

The Motor City's past and present - a UK Premiere and archival footage. Plus a Q&A with Detroit Wild City director, French artist Florent Tillon.

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Architecture on Film: Detroit Wild City / Detroit: City On The Move + Q&A with artist, Florent Tillon

The White Slave / 1, 2, 3 Rhapsody

Mon 10 October 2011 7pm

Rem Koolhaas’s 1960s cinematic exploits gain their UK Premiere. We are delighted to announce that the screening will be introduced by Shumon Basar and Rem Koolhaas, in person. 

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Architecture on Film: The White Slave / 1, 2, 3 Rhapsody + Rem Koolhaas Introduction

Mur Murs / Get Out of the Car

Tues 29 November 2011 7pm

A pair of personal responses to the movie capital’s other painted backdrops from two of the world’s greatest documentary filmmakers, exploring the city’s mural culture over 30 years. Introduced by Stuart Comer, Curator of Film, Tate Modern.

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Architecture on Film: Mur Murs / Get Out of the Car

Style Wars / The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal

Tues 21 February 2012 7pm

New York’s original generation of graffiti artists meet their accidentally avant-garde civic counterparts – or competitors – in this double bill exploring legal and illegal use of the city as an urban canvas.

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Architecture on Film: Style Wars / The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal

Living in the City of Tomorrow / Die Bauten Adolf Hitlers

Tues 29 May 2012 7pm

In response to the Barbican Art Gallery's major Bauhaus: Art as Life exhibition, Architecture on Film brings you a double bill of films exploring the changing relationship between modernism and power, and the UK Premiere of Living In The City of Tommorrow (Leben in der Stadt von Morgen).

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Architecture on Film: Living in the City of Tomorrow  / Die Bauten Adolf Hitlers + Q&A with Deyan Sudjic and Marian Engel

Streetwise / The Houseless Shadow

Weds 17 October 2012 6.30pm

A double bill of films exploring life on the street. The incredible Streetwise – a 1984 documentary on street kids in America's 'most liveable city' – meets William Raban's contemporary invocation of Charles Dickens' nocturnal promenades of urban London.

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Architecture on Film: Streetwise / The Houseless Shadow

Le Centre Georges Pompidou / Cloud Island

Tues 11 December 2012 7.00pm

A night at the museum, documenting two world-leading, yet very different, museums (the Pompidou and the Inujima 'art island') through the lenses of two of cinema and art's greatest filmmakers: Roberto Rossellini and Fiona Tan.

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Architecture on Film: Le Centre Georges Pompidou / Cloud Island

Chelsea on the Rocks

Tues 12 February 2013 7.00pm

Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York) turns his lens on a different kind of urban violence from his usual - in this end-of-an-era portrait of the legendary Hotel Chelsea at the moment of its brutal shift from bohemian sanctuary to boutique hotel. Plus, footage of the Chelsea from artist, filmmaker, and former resident, Jonas Mekas.

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Architecture on Film: Chelsea on the Rocks

Mock-Ups in Close-Up: Architectural Models in Film, 1919-2012 + Introduction and Q+A

Thur 18 April 2013 7.00pm

In a live introduction and Q&A, film-makers Gabu Heindl and Drehli Robnik present their research project mapping the appearance of architectural models across narrative cinema; taking us on a historical journey through architecture's filmic caricature, charting the model as an unsung, supporting character. 

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Architecture on Film: Mock-Ups in Close-Up: Architectural Models in Film, 1919-2012

Drop City

Tues 9 July 2013 7.00pm

An evening exploring the mythology of the legendary Drop City, through the UK premiere of a new feature length documentary on the 60s geodesic countercultural commune and its inhabitants' dreams of creating a new civilization on the scrapheap of a wasteful society, and a 1968 BBC documentary identifying Drop City as a utopia on earth.  

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Architecture on Film: Drop City

John Smith's London

Tues 24 September 2013, 7pm

A portrait of London through the eyes of artist, filmmaker and avant-garde hero John Smith, who will be with us on the evening to discuss his work and the capital, with celebrated film historian and curator, Ian Christie.

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Architecture on Film: John Smith's London

The Competition + Q&A

Thurs 8 May 2014, 7pm

An intriguing, behind-the-scenes report of a competition between star architects Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Dominique Perrault, Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster who have been invited to put forward designs for the future National Museum of Art of Andorra. 

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Architecture on Film: The Competition + Q&A with Angel Borrego

Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, MoMA, 1972 + Q&A

Thurs 28 November 2013, 7pm

Experimental films from Italy’s 70s design avant-garde (Joe Colombo, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Gaetano Pesce, Superstudio and more) gain a rare showing on the big screen, accompanied by a special Q&A with designer and architect, Gaetano Pesce and design historian and curator, Peter Lang.

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Architecture on Film: Italy – The New Domestic Landscape, MoMA, 1972 + Q&A with Gaetano Pesce and Peter Lang

Rybczynski: Exploring Space + Introduction

Thurs 23 January 2014, 7pm

A selection of short films from the Polish filmmaker Zbigniew Rybczynski, pioneer of experimental animated films and multimedia, accompanied by an introductory lecture by Theo Lorenz.

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Architecture on Film: Rybczynski – Exploring Space + Introduction by Theo Lorenz

Post-producing Architecture: HLM, Habitations Légèrement Modifiées + Q&A

Thurs 13 March 2014, 7pm

An evening exploring the refurbishment of the Bois le Prêtre tower in Paris, France, by Lacaton and Vassal with Frédéric Druot, through the UK premiere of a new feature length documentary about the building process using the voices of its inhabitants. The screening will be accompanied by a Q&A with the director.

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Architecture on Film: Post-producing Architecture – HLM, Habitations Légèrement Modifiées + Q&A

Torre David + Occupying Brazil + Mumbai + Gran Horizonte + Q&A

Thurs 10 July 2014, 7pm

A survey through film of global informal design strategies and the critical socio-economic circumstances that have led to self-initiated and semi-legal adaptations of abandoned buildings in South America. Plus a Q&A with interdisciplinary design studio Urban-Think Tank's Alfredo Brillembourg and Daniel Schwarz, chaired by writer and curator Justin McGuirk.

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Architecture on Film: Torre David + Occupying Brazil + Mumbai + Gran Horizonte + Q&A

The Airstrip: Decampment of Modernism, Part III + Q&A

Weds 8 October 2014, 7pm

An experimental investigation of modernity via architectural form, Emigholz’ employs his signature ‘frame tale’ of moving photographs to produce an abstracted visual essay, forensically observing architectures of power and ideologies made concrete. We are delighted to present the film's UK premiere, accompanied by a Q&A with the director.

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Architecture on Film: The Airstrip: Decampment of Modernism, Part III + Q&A

The World + Dallas Southfork in Hermes Land

Weds 19 November 2014, 7pm

A pair of films exploring the meeting of dreams with globalised realities, unfolding within fantastical stage sets of architectural facsimiles. Set in a Beijing themepark composed of recreated global architectural icons, Jia Zhangke's The World offers a mesmerising allegory of desire, globalisation and urban life. Synder's artwork portrays a Romanian oligarch’s fantastical construction of the ranch from the American TV show Dallas.

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Architecture on Film: The World + Dallas Southfork in Hermes Land

One Way Boogie Woogie / 27 Years Later

Weds 10 December 2014, 7pm

A masterwork of avant-garde filmmaking, James Benning's Boogie Woogie surveys the industrial landscape of Milwaukee through 60 one minute vignettes. 27 years later Benning remade the film, charting the passage of time upon the urban environment and his protagonists.

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Architecture on Film: One Way Boogie Woogie / 27 Years Later
 

Venue

The Barbican Centre

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Related Programme

Koolhaas HouseLife / Gan Eden

24 September 2008 6.30pm

Code 46 + Michael Winterbottom Q&A

24 November 2008 7.00pm

Los Angeles Plays Itself

21 January 2009 7.00pm

Colossal Youth

30 March 2009 7.00pm

Wonderland / Streamside Day

18 May 2009 7.00pm

Buckminster Fuller Meets the Hippies / Counter Communities

14 July 2009 7.00pm

In the Pit

28 September 2009 6.30pm

London / Driftwood + Patrick Keiller Q&A

Tuesday 17 November, 6.30pm

Public Housing

Thurs 28 Jan 2010 6.30pm

En Construcción (Work in Progress)

Mon 29 Mar 2010 6.15pm

Chain / Death By Chocolate

Mon 24 May 2010 8.30pm

True Stories

Weds 21 July 2010 6.30pm

In Comparison / The Creators of Shopping Worlds

Thursday 30 September 2010 6.15pm

Beijing / Midtown + Sarah Morris Q&A

Thurs 4 Nov 2010 6.15pm

Dark Days / Substrait

Mon 31 Jan 2011 6.30pm

Detroit Wild City / Detroit: City On The Move

Tues 8 March 2011 6.15pm / Mon 11 April 8.45pm

The White Slave / 1, 2, 3 Rhapsody

Mon 10 October 2011 7pm

Mur Murs / Get Out of the Car

Tues 29 November 2011 7pm

Style Wars / The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal

Tues 21 February 2012 7pm

Living in the City of Tomorrow / Die Bauten Adolf Hitlers

Tues 29 May 2012 7pm

Streetwise / The Houseless Shadow

Weds 17 October 2012 6.30pm

Le Centre Georges Pompidou / Cloud Island

Tues 11 December 2012 7.00pm

Chelsea on the Rocks

Tues 12 February 2013 7.00pm

Mock-Ups in Close-Up: Architectural Models in Film, 1919-2012 + Introduction and Q+A

Thur 18 April 2013 7.00pm

Drop City

Tues 9 July 2013 7.00pm

John Smith's London

Tues 24 September 2013, 7pm

Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, MoMA, 1972 + Q&A

Thurs 28 November 2013, 7pm

Rybczynski: Exploring Space + Introduction

Thurs 23 January 2014, 7pm

Post-producing Architecture: HLM, Habitations Légèrement Modifiées + Q&A

Thurs 13 March 2014, 7pm

The Competition + Q&A

Thurs 8 May 2014, 7pm

Torre David + Occupying Brazil + Mumbai + Gran Horizonte + Q&A

Thurs 10 July 2014, 7pm

The Airstrip: Decampment of Modernism, Part III + Q&A

Weds 8 October 2014, 7pm

The World + Dallas Southfork in Hermes Land

Weds 19 November 2014, 7pm

One Way Boogie Woogie / 27 Years Later

Weds 10 December 2014, 7pm


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A bi-monthly series of film screenings that take a lateral look at architecture and the city, as represented and discussed across documentary, video art and the movies.