The Dilapidated Dwelling
Thursday 29 January 2015, 6pm
Filmhouse Cinema Edinburgh,
88 Lothian Road, EH3 9BZ
Followed by a Q&A with the artist after the screening
We are pleased to host an accompanying lecture by Patrick Keiller at Edinburgh College of Art, Main Lecture Theatre, Friday 30 January, 11.30am, free.
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)
Thanks to LUX