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Passengerfilms presents: Conviviality
Fri 24 February 2017, 18:00 – 21:30 GMT
Join us for an evening of film and discussion on the themes of documentary encounters, multiculture and the city.
An event collaboration, with Furtherfield digital arts organisation and Passengerfilms, accompanying the exhibition ‘Superdiversity: Picturing Finsbury Park’ (18th Feb – 1st March). Through documentary film, the event explores the multicultural relations that make up cities.
The evening will include Jan Verbeek’s ‘On a Wednesday Night in Tokyo’ (2004), an exploration of flows of time through video, the short captures passengers overflowing from a subway in Tokyo reflecting on the way people co-exist in Japan. ‘Living in Limbo’ (2016) part of Ifama’s, gal-dem.com, ‘interlude series’ exploring themes of home, language and fluidity. The series is part of a process of ‘digging up buried conversations, working our way through dialogue from the often silenced perspective of people of colour’. 'Chicken' is Hoodforts' short that explores PFC culture in London's East End, giving an insight into the conviviality of chicken shops from Mile End Community Project.
‘Bowling Together? Portrait of a League’ (2016), a short documentary about Rowans' bowling league, Finsbury Park, is the product of a collaboration between a sociologist, Emma Jackson, and a film-maker, Andy Lee. The film explores themes of bowling as a practice of belonging in the city, that is both highly performative and social.
And Marc Isaac’s acclaimed portrait of life in a London High Rise, Lift (2001) is a quietly fascinating meditation on the mundanities of conviviality, the genuine and ordinary ways we live together with difference. The feature film ‘The Road: A Story of Life and Death’ explores the oldest Roman road in the capital, Filmmaker Marc Isaacs weaves together numerous poignant stories of loss and the search for belonging, ‘locating strangeness, melancholy and joy in the urban landscape, and those who inhabit it’.
The evening will include a panel discussion with Marc Isaacs (award-winning documentary filmmaker and Lecturer in Documentary Practice, Department of Media Arts, RHUL), Dr Emma Jackson (Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London) and Andy Lee (Senior Lecturer in Fashion at London College of Fashion) chaired by Katherine Stansfeld (PhD student in Cultural Geography, RHUL).
Friday 24th February 6-9pm, Furtherfield Commons, http://www.furtherfield.org/gallery/visit