Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Project 2.2 AE test film clip IV

Project 2.2 AE test film clip III

Project 2.2 AE test film clip II

Fritz Lang - Metropolis, 1927

Buster Keaton - The General, 1926

Charlie Chaplin - Modern Times, 1936

Project 2.2 - Film References

The main film references here are of silent films - Charlie Chaplin, Fritz Lang and Buster Keaton.
I am using the silent b&w film genre as a parody to visually contrast the idea of an extreme historicism set against a future view of the site.


The proposed site for the project is Hanbury Street and adjacent areas. This area links Spitalfields market to the new Truman Brewery commercial area and Brick Lane.

In addition, the area lies in the convergence of the different zones of the site, which have been chosen for the site analysis case study, as examples of the different levels of historic preservation in the area: Spitalfields; the historical areas of Princelet and Fournier Streets; the popular north side of Brick Lane; and the area of Banglatown to the south of Brick Lane.

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Commodified Authenticity

The project explores the idea that, the more we select the physical evidence of our past, the more we distance ourselves from the possibility to discover an authenticity, which has not yet been commodified.

In the meantime, we begin to realise that the effortless and ever-updating technology, which we gladly welcome into our lives, provides us with everything, except the individuality that we crave for.

Will Spitalfields in the future become an open-air museum, where every element is meticulously recreated to the image of an idealised past, and where authenticity-hungry visitors will be able to purchase their unique artefacts?


Pierre Bourdieu: Distinction: A social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, 1979

Jean Baudrillard: Simulacra and Science Fiction, 1991

Joshua Glenn: Fake Authenticity: An Introduction, 2010 (in Hermenaut 5, 22 Dec 2010)

Mark Greif: The Hipster in the Mirror, 2010 (in New York Times 12 Nov 2010)

Site and Strategic Brief

Site Analysis - Truman Brewery and Brick Lane

Site Analysis - Victorian Structures

Site Analysis - Princelet Street

Site Analysis - Spitalfields

Site Analysis - Banglatown

Selective Nostalgia

This image used in the previous film explores the idea that, on the one hand we cherish the authentic and character-rich relics of the past, but on the other we are able to unsee the disappearance of historical and culturally rich places within our cities.

This is evident in the Banglatown-Spitalfields site: there is a clear fabrication of an authentic historical character together with a trend towards the worn antique and simultaneously there is a clear annihilation of the character of valuable historical areas.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Shatter effect test

This is a test of shatter effect using footage from the previous films. I am exploring the use of this effect for the next film, as a transition between real and fabricated realities.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Project 2.1 AE Test II

This is a test done in AE of an interior shot using 2D layers in 3D space and trying to recreate the spaces of the original image.

Project 2.1 AE Test I

This is a test done in AE using 2D layers with some movement and also experimenting with sound.