Patrick Keiller – The Dilapidated Dwelling
followed by a Q&A with the artist after the screening
29 January, 2015
Filmhouse Cinema Edinburgh, 88 Lothian Road, EH3 9BZ
Tickets available from Filmhouse
The Dilapidated Dwelling (78mins) is an examination of the predicament of domestic space in advanced economies, the UK in particular. A fictional researcher (with the voice of Tilda Swinton) returns from a 20-year absence in the Arctic to find that while the UK is still one of the world’s wealthiest economies, its houses, flats etc. are typically old, small, dilapidated, architecturally impoverished, energy-inefficient and, especially, extraordinarily expensive. The film asks why repeated attempts to modernise house production have not been more successful, and attempts to discover why the UK’s housing economy has become so thoroughly dystopian.
It includes archive footage of Buckminster Fuller, Constant, Archigram and Walter Segal, and interviews with Martin Pawley, Saskia Sassen, Doreen Massey, Cedric Price and others. (Patrick Keiller – October 2013)
Patrick Keiller – The Dilapidated Dwelling, 2000