New Cinema and the City - Migrations

Lecture series brings together filmmakers, writers and thinkers from art, history, visual anthropology and architecture to explore migration in modern cities.

Modern cities are characterised by incongruity rather than ‘sameness’: borders in cultural geographies are more permeable than state borders, and endlessly shifting; industrial ruins and other material remnants speak of the displacement of functions and occupations – a slower migration, perceptible over longer periods of time; monuments take on the role of forging collective memory, even when they are decontextualised, their original meaning becomes lost and their instructiveness is perpetually transferred.

The recent migrations of populations have presented art with a challenge to respond, to be relevant, to re-examine. They have redrawn, more sharply, questions of identity and otherness; they have underlined the necessity for rethinking cultural realms, domains and boundaries, and the pertinence of ‘revaluation of values’.

All the above migrations, shifts, displacements and transferences are becoming manifest in today’s filmmaking. The current generation of filmmakers is developing a migrant nous – a mind that can undergo rapid and successive transformations to keep apace with an increasingly fractured reality.

This title and associated lecture series bring together current, exciting filmmakers, writers and thinkers from art, history, visual anthropology and architecture, whose work innovatively incorporates diverse methods and perspectives: the researcher’s, the exile’s, the tourist’s, Google Street View and other.

The programme of open lectures is as follows:

Ektoras Arkomanis: Work / Memories of Work Thursday 2 March 2017, 6.30pm
Nicholas Brooks: end_stop_repeat_forget_series Thursday 9 March 2017, 6.30pm
Sasha Litvintseva: Parallel Spaces, Parallel Times Thursday 16 March 2017, 6.30pm
Lana Askari: Bridge to Kobane Tuesday 21 March 2017, 6.30pm
Maeve Brennan: Jerusalem Pink Wednesday 5 April 2017, 6.30pm

Image: Sasha Litvintseva, Exile Exotic (2015), film still.

Date/Time Thursdays (unless otherwise stated), 6.30pm
Location The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design 
Room CE1–19 Central House
Free booking Eventbrite
Contact   Ektoras Arkomanis