St. George–in–the–East, Nicholas Hawksmoor, 1729. Image by Ektoras Arkomanis.
Ektoras Arkomanis grew up in Athens, Greece, and moved to London in 1998. He received his MA in Architectural Histories, Theories and Interpretations from London Metropolitan University, where he has taught since 2007. He also lectures in Cardiff University.
His debut feature film, Another London, is a documentary about architecture and urban space in London. He is currently researching and shooting his second film, about the area of Eleonas in Athens.
He publishes essays on architectural history and on film.
Ektoras is the coordinator of Critical and Contextual Studies (BA Architecture), which introduces the students to architectural history and theory. He runs the dissertation studio ‘Imperfect theories’.
He teaches two courses in the MA Architectural History, Theory and Interpretation: Histories, which places emphasis on direct experience of the material cultures of London, and Cinema and the City, a course of anthropological interest in the contexts of film and urbanism.
He is Academic Leader in the organizing committee of a new experimental course, ’50 weeks to make film’, based on an idea by Mark Cousins.
- CCS (Levels 3, 4, and 5)
- MA Architectural Histories, Theories and Interpretations
Arkomanis, Ektoras (forthcoming, 2017) The Italian Peninsula: 1000–1400. Sir Banister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture. (21st edition) London, U.K. : RIBA; University of London; Bloomsbury Publishing
Arkomanis, Ektoras (forthcoming, 2016) Invented Memories: Notes on Filming Industrial Ruins in Eleonas, Athens. Making Visible: Architecture Filmmaking (London: Intellect)
Arkomanis, Ektoras (2015) Invented Memories: Notes on Filming Industrial Ruins in Eleonas, Athens. Architecture and Culture: The Journal of Architecture and Humanities Research Association, 3(1) pp. 57-64.
Arkomanis, Ektoras (2014) ‘Early Renaissance’; ‘Mannerism’; ‘Baroque’. Architecture: The Whole Story. London : Thames & Hudson. pp. 172-177, 204-207, 222-227, 230-231
Arkomanis, Ektoras (2013) The Iron Horse; Bigger than Life; Accatone. Film International, vol. 11
Arkomanis, Ektoras (2012) Some thoughts on recent Romanian cinema and Corneliu Porumboiu’s films in particular. Film International, vol. 10
Arkomanis, Ektoras (2011) Films and cities: The World, Film International (online)
Director/producer: Ελαιώνας (Eleonas; working title)
Director/producer: Another London (Ektoras Arkomanis / White Dolphin Films, 2014)
I am interested in exploring cities through making films, writing, and teaching the course ‘Cinema and the City’. My debut feature film, Another London (2014), is a documentary about architecture and urban space in London, in collaboration with architectural writer Robert Harbison. The three-year long process took us to many parts of London and its history, particularly those that are marginal, geographically or in the city’s consciousness. The film includes stories about: Nicholas Hawksmoor and Baroque London; currently contested zones such as Deptford, with its atmospheric creek and its colourful high street; modern architecture in the form of Laban Centre, Deptford Library and the Stephen Lawrence Centre; and the river, the thread through London and its vicissitudes.
I am currently collecting notes, stories and footage for my next film, about the area of Eleonas in Athens. Once known as the ancient olive grove of the city, Eleonas is now a post-industrial, leftover space with mud-roads, out-of-use factories and kilns, etc., but also a vibrant area that hosts various minority populations, scavengers’ markets and small businesses such as tanneries. Eleonas is the city at its most entropic state. But it may change soon, so I am trying to create a rich record of it before that happens.