Broadcasting the Arts: Architecture on TV

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Broadcasting the Arts: Architecture on TV
In collaboration with BFI and University of Pittsburgh, and in conjunction with the London Festival of Architecture


This event explores and expands upon the Broadcasting the Arts: Architecture on TV season, ongoing throughout June at the BFI Southbank. Co-curators Matt Harle (Birkbeck, BFI) and Kevin M. Flanagan (University of Pittsburgh) will discuss the genesis of the project, the process of planning and organization, and will introduce the larger intellectual aims of the series. The day's events will consist of screenings of material that will not be shown at the BFI event, papers relating to architecture on British television, and discussion.

Speakers
Barry Curtis (Royal College of Art) on the mediation of architecture through documentary.
John Wyver (University of Westminster) on Kenneth Clark and architecture's arrival on screen in 1950s arts programming.
Kevin M. Flanagan (University of Pittsburgh) on Ian Nairn and the presenter-led architectural documentary.

Screenings
The Pacemakers (Central Office of Information, 1970, 10 mins)
COI short featuring critic Ian Nairn who discusses how modern urban developers can preserve a sense of community with reference to the the Churchill Gardens Estate and the Lillington Gardens Estate.

“Norman Foster/Boeing 747”, episode of Building Sights (Dir. Patrick Uden, BBC, 1991,10 mins)
First transmitted in 1991, architect Sir Norman Foster looks at the jumbo jet, a unique 'building' that flies.

Journey into a Lost World (Dir. Ken Russell, BBC, 1960, 22 mins)
Ken Russell directs John Betjeman, who reminisces on Britain's great historical exhibitions since the 1870s: Barnum and Bailey's circuses, Brighton fairgrounds, Crystal Palace, Alexandra Palace, the original White City pleasure ground, the Empire Exhibition at Wembley and the Festival of Britain.

Kids From The Flats (Dir. Julian Ashton, Thames TV, 1984, 30 mins)
Specially commissioned 1984 Thames Television documentary on the summer holidays of young people living in the World's End estate in Chelsea.

Visions of Britain: Brideshead and the Tower Blocks (Prod. Christopher Martin, BBC, 1988, 40 mins)
Patrick Wright looks at the country house and the tower block, two key architectural symbols, focusing on Sutton House and the high-rise flats of London's Hackney.


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