Thursday 5 December, 7pm
As part of its inaugural exhibition, Housewarming, Maison Touchard presents a series of two screenings of artist and feature films that breath life into Modernist architecture.
Housewarming is a group exhibition that explores the dichotomy between the utopian principles of Modernist architecture – the moralistic ideals of purity, transparency, light, and function – and its failed and rebellious legacies; namely within the prescriptive urban renewal and public housing schemes that began to appear en masse in the second half of the 20th century.
John Smith, Hackney Marches: November 4th 1977 (1977) – 15 mins
An improvisation recorded over the course of one day, starting at dawn and finishing after dusk. The film was edited in camera and shot from one camera position in the middle of one of the 112 football pitches that cover Hackney Marsh, a location chosen because of the similarities between the surrounding buildings and objects
Beatrice Gibson, A Necessary Music (2008) – 25 mins
A Necessary Music is a science fiction film about modernist social housing. A musically conceived piece, referencing the video operas of Robert Ashley, the film explores the social imaginary of a utopian landscape through directed attention to the voices that inhabit it.
Event is free but RSVP via Eventbrite is necessary: click here to book a seat.