Reflections on a residency with B_Tour, the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre and Architecture Fund
A response to our residency in September 2016, with thanks to the Lithuania National Drama Theatre, the Architecture Fund in Vilnius and B_Tour.
On our first day in the city we look for traces, clues, atmospheres. Historic borders and public maps. The old ghetto; the missing synagogue. Wilno, Wilna, Вильнюс,Vilna, ווילנע, Vilno, Viļņa, Вiльня, Vilnius: name = identity = (ripped up and rewritten).
Maps and fragments of maps • on paper • on phones • in space • in memory • in the body.
Benches everywhere – a commitment to public space? So many different kinds of benches. So many empty benches. The meeting point of private and public acts. Continue reading “Nine days in Vilnius”
In April we ran a walkshop at GRAD gallery, near Oxford Circus in central London, inspired by its exhibition Unexpected Eisenstein, on film director Sergei Eisenstein’s time in London.
Continue reading “Filmwalking in central London”
According to Lenin: ‘Religion is opium for the people’. Thus, religion was banned during Soviet era and most of the churches either destroyed or reused. Furthermore, some of them became home for museums of atheism.
UK Urban Exploration documents urban decay in the UK with love and at some risk. The site has the following disclaimer:
The places you will see in the pictures we have taken are dangerous and should not be entered under any circumstances, UkUrbEx takes no responsibility for any harm you may come to if you decide to enter.
– But the atmosphere is more of melancholy beauty than macho daring.
UK Urban Exploration belongs to a group based in Birmingham but it roams all over the UK. However, the coverage of West Midlands sites such as the Longbridge tunnels or the Central TV studios is particularly fascinating.
Image from The Hoarders House, Droitwich at ukurbex.co.uk