The Barbican has announced a mammoth new season that dives into the urban experience across different nations and time periods through screenings, talks and exhibitions. Beginning with the London premiere of Cathedrals of Culture, City Visions will explored the high and lows of city living with a collection of films from directors such as Spike Lee and David Lynch.
The complete list is below, but personal highlights would have to be Detropia: a mournful look at the decline of the once-proud 'motor city' of Detroit. Also
essential is Thom Andersen’s engrossing essay about LA, Los Angeles Plays Itself, which weaves together clips from hundreds of movies – old and new, legendary and obscure to tell the story of how LA exits in cultural memory via cinema for good and ill. Another LA tale - David Lynch's richly atmospheric and surreal Mulholland Drive - is also a must-see.
From the Barbican Site:
In the 21st century, the city will triumph. Already 50% of the earth’s population lives in urban centres, and as rural workers flock to cities around the world, this is predicted to rise to over 75% by 2050. Urban growth has never been more explosive.
This season of films, talks and debates, which takesConstructing Worlds exhibition in the Art Gallery as its catalyst, explores the ways in which cinema has engaged with the phenomenon of the modern city and the experience of urban life. Film has celebrated the freedoms and energy of the city; it has also provided memorable images of urban decay and anxiety, and engaged with key debates around architecture, urban planning and globalization.
Beginning with the cycle of silent films in the 1920s known asCity Symphonies, and extending to current-day representations of life in the over-saturated megalopolises of South America, Africa and China, City Visions offers a compelling worldwide exploration of the urban environment and experience on screen.
We are delighted to be working in partnership with Guardian Cities. Look out for the special Guardian Cities Surprise Screening on Saturday 27 September.
Lagos Wide and Close - An Interactive Journey Into An Exploding City (#)
29 Sep 14 / 20:40 / Cinema 2
Architecture on Film: The Airstrip - Decampment of Modernism, Part III (PG)
8 Oct 14 / 19:00 / Cinema 1