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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


Set amidst the euphoric madness of a summer music festival, Robot & Scarecrow is a uniquely modern fairytale about love. When a robot pop princess flees her keeper she runs straight into the arms of a lonely scarecrow desperate for adventure. They spend an incredible night together, caught in a heady vortex of music and magic.

Captured at Secret Garden Party by visionary south London director Kibwe Tavares, this brand new short film will be released on Wednesday 31st May 2017 via Nowness and Vero.


In 2008, Andrey Smirnov and Matt Price curated a show at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris called Sound in Z. The exhibition marked the culmination of research by Andrey Smirnov into a forgotten, yet crucial, history of the Russian avant-garde of the 1920s.

Sound | Making | Space are extremely excited to have persuaded Andrey Smirnov to fly over from Moscow to talk about his work, which was first published in 2013 under the same title as the Palais de Tokyo exhibition, Sound in Z.

“Sound in Z supplies the astounding and long-lost chapter in the early story of electronic music: the Soviet experiment, a chapter that runs from 1917 to the late 1930s. Its heroes are Arseny Avraamov, inventor of Graphic Sound (drawing directly onto magnetic tape) and a 48-note scale; Alexei Gastev, who coined the term “bio-mechanics”; Leon Theremin, inventor of the world’s first electronic instrument, the Theremin; and others whose dreams for electronic sound were cut short by Stalin’s regime. Drawing on materials from numerous Moscow archives, this book reconstructs Avraamov’s “Symphony of Sirens,” an open-air performance for factory whistles, foghorns and artillery fire first staged in 1922, explores Graphic Sound and recounts Theremin’s extraordinary career—compiling the first full account of Russian electronic music.”

DATE AND TIME: Thu 23 March 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT

LOCATION: Bartlett School of Architecture, 22 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0QB

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