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8 March 2017: Concrete Futures


Tear Down and Rebuild, Jasmina Cibic, 2015, 15’27 min, Colour, Digital
Concrete Affection (Zopo Lady), Kiluanji Kia Henda, 2014, 12’30 min, Digital 
Preserving Cultural Traditions in a Period of Instability, Sebastian Brameshuber & Thomas Draschan, 2004, 3 min, Colour, Digital 
Sueñan los androides, Ion de Sosa, 2014, 60 min, Colour, Digital

"Since nature is uncomfortable, violent, we resort to architecture. We build monuments, houses, whole cities… And suddenly, it seems legitimate to rape the earth, to extract what we need from it. To construct a place and make it a home. A fortress where we cultivate our affections." – Concrete Affection

Presented by Sheffield Fringe, Concrete Futures brings together films that deal with fiction and imagination, inviting encounters with speculative futures, which are nonetheless grafted onto the present, 'documentary' moment that haunts them. Moreover, through the use of images as documents and as drivers of the imagination, Serbian, Angolan and Spanish cityscapes are connected in a type of speculative haunting.

This haunting is expressed in the superimposition of images of construction and evacuation, of tearing down and rebuilding. By tearing down or leaving behind, old sites are revealed. And by rebuilding, one does not construct anew but instead returns to the terrains that already were there. In that sense, no conquering – symbolic or concrete – of lands or, for that matter, of our imaginations and affections, will ever be truly a form of building but instead remains haunted by its own violence. The screening is followed by a discussion with Jasmina Cibic.

This programme is presented in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery symposium Object! On the Documentary as Art. With generous support by Openvizor, the Arts Council England, and the Austrian Cultural Forum, London

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