Unit 24 at the ArchFilmFest London, 7-10 June

Cinematic Essays

Unit 24, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Cinematic Essays brings together nine short films by students in Unit 24 at Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, which is taught by Penelope Haralambidou, Simon Kennedy (until 2016) and Michael Tite.

The films rethink architecture’s relationship to time, connect to its history and grasp glimpses of its future. Combining digital filmmaking with architectural proposition, these cinematic musings bridge theory with practice and design with commentary. By introducing empathy and immersion, the films are able to unlock the storytelling, political and philosophical potential of architectural design. They promote an affective relationship with built form, where space becomes ‘alive’ and the architect/filmmaker as well as the audience/viewer more closely identifies with the building.

Unit 24 a research laboratory making the most out of recent advancements in digital technology that have brought the disciplines of film and architecture closer than ever before. The films are organised in three sub-categories:

Cinematic essay cities

Kairo Baden-Powell, Fictional Constructs, 2014; Finbar Fallon, Subterranean Singapore, 2016; Azizul Hoque, Whalemart City, 2016.

Cinematic essay buildings

Brook TJ Lin, An Anatomical Embassy, 2016; Emir Tigrel, Vestigial Landscapes, 2015; Angeliki Vasileiou, Weaving the Ineffable, 2015.

Cinematic essay landscapes

Nico Czyz, The Long Now Foundation, 2016; Stefanos Levidis, The Embassy of the Displaced, 2016; Ed Mascarenhas, Barbecana, 2014.

Cinematic Essays is curated by Penelope Haralambidou and Michael Tite and designed by TJ Brook Lin and Luke Scott.

With special thanks to Matthew Bowles and Nick Westby.

This exhibition is kindly supported by the Architecture Project Fund, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.


7-10 June 2017

The Bargehouse OXO Tower

London SE1 9GY

Opening times:

7.Wed / 9.Fri / 10.Sat – 11:00 to 18:00

8.Thursday – 11:00 to 23:00

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