picture: The Battersea Experiment by Dan Tassell
Factory Fifteen is a new video artists/architects collective that can be recognized as the children of Nic Clear as the professor of the Unit 15 at the Bartlett seemed to have generated the passion for this group of the students to make of the architectural video, the main medium of their creation.
Blogs like Dpr-Barcelona, Deconcrete, BLDG BLOG and also The Funambulist itself recently published some of their individual projects but they now formed a collective and are releasing a very interesting film entitled Robots of Brixton. In fact, when the films released within the frame of Unit 15, as aesthetically stunning as they are (see all the pictures on this blog), were remaining videos rather than cinematographic work per say, this last film really attempts to create a narrative and to use the moving pictures not anymore as a sort of painting but rather as a medium that confronts what cinema is about.
Robots of Brixton is a science fictive film that reproduces as a farce what used to be the tragedy of the 1981 Brixton riots in London severely suppress by the London Police.
Factory Fifteen is Jonathan Gales, Paul Nicholls, Dan Tassell, Kibwe Tavares, Chris Lees, Rich Young
See all their films on their common website.
Other articles about the Unit 15 at the Bartlett:
- Royal Cabinets/Re-Formation by Paul Nicholls
- Eco Commune by Richard Hardy (Weareom)
- Synaptic Landscape by Dan Farmer
- Nic Clear’s Bartlett Unit 15. Interview with Ballardian
- MANIFESTO /// Nic Clear
Dpr-barcelona and The Funambulist associate themselves in a dialogue around the last project designed by the very talented Aristide Antonas (see also his very rich blog): The Zizek Residence. Both Ethel Baraona Pohl & César Reyes (from dpr) and myself were in charge of writing a short interpretation of this project associated to a direct question to A.Antonas and post them on our respective blogs.
Here is the link toward the article written by Ethel and César on dpr-barcelona (in which you’ll be also able to see more documents about the project).
The axiom of this project is directly inspired by the book Violence (see my previous post about it) written by Slavoj Zizek in 2008. In its introduction, the Slovenian Philosopher uses the example given by Jean-Paul Sartre in his Existentialism and Humanism about a young French man’s dilemma during the Second World War as he is torn between entering the Resistance or helping his ill mother. In fact, in front of this choice without any a priori answer, Zizek proposes, once again, a third pill (see his chapter about the Matrix in his Pervert’s Guide to Cinema). This third proposition is to withdraw to a secluded place in order to work and analyze the situation from outside of it.
The Zizek Residence is therefore a secluded house in which one can withdraw in order to work. A.Antonas even considered as Zizek himself as the inhabitant of such a house as you can see on his drawings. His argument, that you can read below the series of images, implies this house to be contemporaneous and connected to the internet, but in the interpretation I am about to develop, I would like to ignore that fact and questions the notion of ivory tower in general. Although the very name of the ivory tower has originally nothing to do with seclusion -it is first used in the Song of Solomon in the Bible- it is probably not by chance that the figure used for a wise withdrawing owns some obvious architectural implications.