‘The Other Southbank’ // Pilgrim Films, 2009.

Using a locked off camera angle throughout, ‘The Other Southbank’ combines considered imagery with music, ambient audio and spoken word interviews. The style is contemplative and allows for engagement on the viewers behalf, but simultaneously effortless viewing. This is due to the considered framing and well thought out editing style. Furthermore, the use of music is not overpowering and provides another layer to the piece. … Continue reading ‘The Other Southbank’ // Pilgrim Films, 2009.

‘Psychogeography in Manchester’ // Sophie Wagner, Vimeo, 2013.

‘Psychogeography in Manchester’ // Courtesy of Sophie Wagner, Vimeo, 2013. “Unfold the street map [of Manchester], place a glass, rim down, anywhere on the map, and draw round its edge. Pick up the map, go out into the city, and walk the circle, keeping as close as you can to the kerb. Record the experience as you go, in whatever medium you favour: film, photograph, … Continue reading ‘Psychogeography in Manchester’ // Sophie Wagner, Vimeo, 2013.

‘Psychogeography’ // Rogue Element, Vimeo, 2011.

‘Psychogeography’ // Courtesy of Rogue Element, Vimeo, 2011. “How interventionist are personal meditations? Trying to find a way into the city, under its skin, under my skin.” A younger woman narrates her experience of Melbourne, and tells the story of her Grandmother, who was “born in 1900 In St. Kilda”. The viewer is informed that by the time the narrator first “visit[s] Melbourne”, she is … Continue reading ‘Psychogeography’ // Rogue Element, Vimeo, 2011.

‘Psychogeography’ // Lars Hurst, Vimeo, 2013.

‘Psychogeography’ // Courtesy of Lars Hurst, Vimeo, 2013. With no clear narrative, ‘Psychogeography’ consists of a series of well composed composed shots with ambient sound. Hurst uses a combination of locked-off and panning shots to create a sense of place. The location of the place is unclear, and probably irrelevant. There is reference to water in this piece, with a number of clips depicting movement. … Continue reading ‘Psychogeography’ // Lars Hurst, Vimeo, 2013.

‘Psychogeography’ // Spare Tire Productions, Georgetown, 2012.

‘Psychogeography’ // Courtesy of Spare Tire Productions, Vimeo, 2012. “Our plan was to go to DC and recording our own psychogeographic tour. We wanted to try and bring a new perspective to the city by avoiding touristy areas such as the Washington Monument or the Lincoln Memorial and walk down the sidewalks of the less popular areas of DC.” This short film combines locked-off imagery with … Continue reading ‘Psychogeography’ // Spare Tire Productions, Georgetown, 2012.

Psychogeography.

“In the modern city the man of the crowd must adapt or perish…. he refuses to be alone”   – Merlin Coverley, ‘Psychogeography’, 2006. // In 1950’s Paris, psychogeography was born. This is effectively “the study of the specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organised or not, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals” (Guy Debord, ‘Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography’, 1955.) … Continue reading Psychogeography.

‘Koyaanisqatsi’ // Godfrey Reggio, 1975-1982.

Translating to “a life out of balance”, the Hopi Indian word Koyaanisqatsi provides an apt title for a visually and auditory unbalanced film from Godfrey Reggio. Everything has been considered however, and the unbalance is intended to cause unease and distress. It’s an apocalyptic vision of the “collision of two different worlds – urban life and technology versus the environment”. It addresses the growingly obvious … Continue reading ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ // Godfrey Reggio, 1975-1982.