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Situations: Material City

Situations launches its 2006 season with Material City, a programme of conversations, screenings, symposia and publishing dedicated to investigating the urban environment and its impact upon the human imagination. Led by the University of the West of England, in association with the University of Bristol and Arnolfini.

Artist Paul Rooney In Conversation With Dr. Dan Hicks, Department Of Archaeology And Anthropology, University Of Bristol

WED 15 FEB 6.30pm

£3/£2 Concs Free for UWE students

Paul Rooney’s videos could be described as meditations on the mundane. His works are often the outcome of musical collaborations with disenfranchised members of the community, inviting them to describe in detail their surroundings, jobs and dreams. Accompanied by screenings of Rooney’s most recent work, this conversation between artist and archaeologist will explore Rooney’s enchantment with the urban environment.

Writer Iain Sinclair Responds To Francis Alÿs’ New Film Guards

WED 22 FEB 6.30pm

£3/£2 Concs Free for UWE students

No contemporary British writer has made the city the central subject of their work to quite such an extent as Iain Sinclair. Here he responds to Francis Alÿs’ acclaimed new film, Guards. Over the past five years, Alÿs walked the streets of London, evolving ‘Seven Walks’ which delved into the everyday rituals and habits of the metropolis. Guards stars 64 Coldstream Guards choreographed according to a generative plan for walking the square mile of the city of London.

Commissioned and produced by Artangel.