[Marxism] New book by Patrick Keiller & London events: THE VIEW FROM THE TRAIN: CITIES AND OTHER LANDSCAPES

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by Patrick Keiller





“Studded with deadpan insights that are sharp as nails.” – Andy Beckett, THE GUARDIAN


“Our most original geographical and political thinker.” – Owen Hatherley, THE GUARDIAN


Essays by the iconic British filmmaker on the relationship between film, cities and landscape

“Robinson believed that, if he looked at it hard enough, he could cause the surface of the city to reveal to him the molecular basis of historical events, and in this way he hoped to see into the future.”



‘QUATERMASS 2’ & THE ROBINSON IMAGINATION at the ICA / November 15th, 7.00pm

The British science fiction film QUATERMASS 2 (Hammer Film Productions, 1957) holds a particular significance for the fictional protagonist of three of Patrick Keiller's films, whose exploits also featured in the recent exhibition THE ROBINSON INSTITUTE (Tate Britain, 2012) in which QUATERMASS 2 was displayed.

A detail of the film (the feature-length adaptation of Nigel Kneale's 1955 six-part BBC television serial) appears to connote Professor Quatermass's moon rocket base with the Spadeadam Rocket Establishment, built in the late 1950s to test rocket motors for Blue Streak, the UK's medium-range ballistic missile. In the Robinson imagination, Blue Streak's subsequent cancellation and replacement with the US-produced Polaris figure as a crucial ‘moment' in the UK's post-WW2 history, the repercussions of which continue today, while QUATERMASS 2's encounter with an invading malevolent intelligence appears to offer both an explanation for the UK's descent into neoliberalism as well as, perhaps, some hope for an eventual recovery.

Join Patrick Keiller and Mark Fisher for a screening of QUATERMASS 2 followed by a discussion prompted by the film and by the histories explored in Keiller's films and in THE VIEW FROM THE TRAIN: CITIES AND OTHER LANDSCAPES

£10 / £8 concessions / £7 ICA Members

To book tickets:: http://www.ica.org.uk/39761/Film/Quatermass-2.html


Perhaps space in a global economy is exemplified, not so much by the airport or the office tower, as by ... the dilapidated dwelling.'

Patrick Keiller's film THE DILAPIDATED DWELLING (78 mins, beta sx, 2000) is an examination of the predicament of domestic space in advanced economies, the UK in particular. A fictional researcher (with the voice of Tilda Swinton) returns from a 20-year absence in the Arctic to find that while the UK is still one of the world's wealthiest economies, its houses, flats etc. are typically old, small, dilapidated, architecturally impoverished, energy-inefficient and, especially, extraordinarily expensive. The film asks why repeated attempts to modernise house production have not been more successful. It includes archive footage of Buckminster Fuller, Constant, Archigram and Walter Segal, and interviews with Martin Pawley, Saskia Sassen, Doreen Massey, Cedric Price and others.

Following the film, Keiller will be in conversation with Douglas Murphy to discuss the UK's dystopian housing economy and its exploration in THE DILAPIDATED DWELLING and in THE VIEW FROM THE TRAIN: CITIES AND OTHER LANDSCAPES

£10 / £8 concessions / £7 ICA Members

To book tickets: http://www.ica.org.uk/39805/Film/Patrick-Keillers-The-Dilapidated-Dwelling.html



In his sequence of films, Patrick Keiller retraces the hidden story of the places where we live, the cities and landscapes of our everyday lives. Referencing writers such as Benjamin and Lefebvre, this collection follows his career since the late 1970s, exploring themes including the surrealist perception of the city; the relationship of architecture and film; how cities change over time, and how films represent this; as well as accounts of cross-country journeys involving historical figures, unexpected ideas and an urgent portrait of post-crash Britain.


“An essayist of stylish rigour on urban planning, architectural decay and the vast culturally occluded material infrastructure that subtends daily life in Britain.” – Brian Dillon, THE GUARDIAN<http://www.theguardian.com/film/2010/nov/20/robinson-ruins-patrick-keiller-dillon>

“Patrick Keiller is Britain’s foremost film essayist, part historian, part poet, part landscape photographer.” – Nina Power


PATRICK KEILLER’s films include the celebrated LONDON (1994), ROBINSON IN SPACE (1997), THE DILAPIDATED DWELLING (2000), and ROBINSON IN RUINS (2010). He has devised large-scale installations including Londres, Bombay (Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, 2006) and The Robinson Institute (Tate Britain, London, 2012), the latter accompanied by a book THE POSSIBILITY OF LIFE'S SURVIVAL ON THE PLANET. He was a Research Fellow at the Royal College of Art, London (2002–11), and has taught in schools of art and architecture since 1974


Hardback / ISBN: 9781781681404 / $26.95 / £14.99 / 228 pages

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