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celluloid cities: architecture on the mov(i)e

Part 1 Project 2006
Mikhail Floros
University of Greenwich London UK
Places are lost through the passage of time. While navigating the continuing processes of the city through filmic sequences, i discovered the appearance of collapsible infrastructures; fragile elements of a city menaced by unpredictable events; a language of transformations - architectural movement without mobility (a series of displacements in space and time); a compression of unfolding seqeunces of events; adventures in the reel world; an excess of history, illusion and simulation; accidents in time and space. My film archive is a metaphorical representation of invisible architectures - filmic memories which haunt our perception of the city. A sense of architectural stability and permanence gave way to overlapping transitory impressions. The film archive is extrapolated from maps, films and historical records as altering strips of action and event, navigated within and expanding out of the compressed crevices of time.
Mikhail Floros


Mikhail examined films set in london, documenting spatial and social changes in the city by comparing filmic sites with their contemporary counterparts. His chosen filmic site, Mary Poppins bag, contained an array of objects of impossible proportions. This was compared with his contemporary site, the lost property office at Baker street station; where he proposed a 'lost property shop'. He then explored the 'lost spaces' of the Dalston Cinematic Theatre, and imagined a film archive of disappearing programmes which are rediscovered by the visitor. Moving between nostalgic filmic memories and the historians records of actions and events in the theatre, he composed phantom architectures of movement and memory - a multitude of journeys through places long since forgotten in time.

2006
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