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Framed by Peter Bobby’s exhibition at the Architecture Centre, this event presents the work of other artists whose practices’ explore themes of architecture and transformation.

‘Architecture is the simplest means of articulating time and space, of modulating reality and engendering dreams.’ Formulary For A New Urbanism, Ivan Chtcheglov, 1953

A rich and strange aesthetic territory can be glimpsed in the five films collected here. They are studies of urban space which map peculiar routes through its various environments, examining uncannily alien corporate interiors, claustrophobic rooms and chaotic, sprawling cityscapes. What binds them together is a certain spirit of risk and adventure which is visible across forty years of diverse artistic practise. Through its daring processes, urban space becomes something other than it seems; it is, somehow, transformed. In correspondence with Peter Bobby’s current exhibition at the Architecture Centre and commencing with one of his ominous video pieces, this collective screening also presents works by contemporary artists: Mark Lewis, Catherine Yass, John Smith and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Al Cameron, Jonathan Mosley and Peter Bobby.


Peter Bobby Blind, 8 mins, 2010

Catherine Yass, Descent, 8 mins, 2002

Mark Lewis Smithfield, 4 mins, 2000

John Smith The Girl Chewing Gum, 12 mins, 1976

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle Always After (The Glass House), 10 mins, 2006 


The current show of ‘High-rise’ at the Architecture Centre, runs until 17 Nov before moving to the Glass Tank Gallery at Oxford Brookes University 22 Nov – 20 Dec. A publication of the full project will be produced early 2014, published by Ffotogallery, Cardiff.

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