'To forget: Of Air' at Sexuate Subjects Conference


At the start of December we will be taking part in an international interdisciplinary conference entitled Sexuate Subjects: Politics, Poetics and Ethics at University College London. For the the panel Understanding Difference: Why Poetry Matters we will present  'Time, Space and Empathy: A Material Poetics of the Film Image' in which we explore how a viewer's relationship to the screen constructs a dialogical space: an intersubjective space of 'shared viewing' and 'shared experience'; a meaningful space of imagination, cognition and feeling; an embodied space where mediation, itself, becomes an object of contemplation.

As part of our presentation will also show video piece entitled 'To forget : Of air', which gathers together footage shot at the Santa Catarina Pool in Bagno Vignoni, Italy – the original location for the penultimate scene of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia (1983). 

Sexuate Subjects: Politics, Poetics and Ethics
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th December 2010
UCL, London



Event-Space, Performance and Time-Based Media at Drawing Out Conference

Still of video composite for  Video Shakkei.

Still of video composite for Video Shakkei.


Reflecting on our practice and process throughout Video Shakkei we will present 'Video Shakkei: Event-Space, Performance and Time-Based Drawing' at the Drawing Out Conference at RMIT in Melbourne Australia (7-10 April). The paper explores the nature of the ‘captured’ architectural drawing and, in doing so, proposing a relationship between architectural site, performative action and time-based drawing. 

Drawing Out Conference
RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
7th – 9th April 2010



Constructing Atmospheres at Architecture and Phenomenology Conference

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Drawing together preliminary findings from our research into Tarkovsky's film-image, we will present a paper entitled 'Constructing Atmospheres: A Phenomenology of the Film Image and its Relation to Place' for the Architecture and Phenomenology, Second International Conference at Kyoto Seika University, Japan (26-29 June, 2009) .  The paper focuses explicitly on the phenomenological relationship between the film-image and worldly place. The following is extracted from the conference paper abstract:

Tarkovsky theorises the film-image in particular relation to time. In this paper we position his argument in relation to discussions in phenomenology and film-theory to suggest that, imbued with a sense of time, the film-image also gives rise to a corporeal understanding of place for both the film-maker and recipient of the film- image – and we liken this embodied act of cognition to one engendered by certain architectural experiences. We then turn to a specific scene from Nostalghia in order to appreciate that the film-image is, in fact, a ‘constructed atmosphere’: one that bears a naturalistic and poetic – material and symbolic – relation to place; one that therefore cultivates and embodied and imagined occupation of place.