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The Bartlett Film+Place+Architecture Network

"Film + Place + Architecture" is a Bartlett funded and endorsed Doctoral Network, founded by a group of PhD student using filmmaking as a research tool. 

We wanted a platform where we could open up dialogue between students and practitioners working in the field, to share experience and discover new ways our practice could inform our research. 

We aim at organising one event per academic term, inviting filmmakers, artists and other professionals to share their experience with students, while also allowing students to present their work as basis for further discussion. We also run a biweekly reading group during terms. 

Please visit our Twitter or Facebook to find out more about our upcoming events and details about our reading group. 

Contact us

Here are some ways to find out about our events and get involved:

Past events

Archival Material and Found Footage

with Miranda Pennell and a screening of The Host (2015)

20 April 2016

The Bartlett School of Architecture: 12:30 - 18:00. 

This event is concerned with questions raising from working with second hand material. What ethical or practical issues could arise from engaging with the archive? What does it mean to rework material into a new and different context? In what ways could still images be used in a medium of moving images? What can this material address, that remakes or other explanations and descriptions cannot? 

Key speaker: 

Miranda Pennell, filmmaker and anthropologist

Call for presentations: 

We are currently looking for presenters from the field of architecture, urban planning, history, art history, film studies, cinema, visual anthropology, art and others, to present work in progress. The presentations should be 10min, addressing an issue, theme or work that engages with archival material or found footage. Following each presentations will be a discussion and feedback. 

Please send a title, a short bio and a short abstract of your presentation (max 100 words) to filmplacearchitecture@gmail.com within 20.03.2016.

On the Shoot

3 December 2015

The event revolves around the process of filmmaking that relates to the actual filming. How do you relate to the people, buildings and things you're filming? How do you know what to film, and how? To what extent do the preparations of your film inform the actual filmmaking process? And what does it mean to conduct research whilst filming? 

Key speakers: 

Mark Lewis, artist and filmmaker.

Ed Webb-Ingall, filmmaker and PhD candidate Royal Holloway.

Presentations by:

  • Eugenio Giorgianni - PhD candidate Royal Holloway 
  • Clara Jo - Starr Fellow, Royal Academy of Arts
  • Dani Landau - PhD candidate UWE
  • Anna Ulrikke Andersen - PhD candidate The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL 

Preparation/Pre-Production

28 May 2015

This seminar is concerned with the period before the camera starts rolling. When Approaching filmmaking as a methodology or research tool, this process might be different from what we see in the film industry. In this session, we would like to discuss what preparing a film means for a researcher-filmmaker/ filmmaker-researcher. For example: what is the value of writing a storyboard? What is the role of theory in the process? How to pitch a film as part of research? What does it mean to partially prepare a film by looking at, and analysing, films already made? 

Key speakers: 

Sandra Schäfer, artist and filmmaker. 

Christopher Iain Smith, filmmaker. 

Presentations by: 

  • Dr. Nat Chard, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. 
  • Phuong-Tram Nguyen, PhD candidate The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL 
  • Sander Hölsgens, PhD candidate The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
  • Bihter Almaç, PhD candidate The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL 

Film+Architecture

25 February 2015

Reimagining Domesticity and a screening of 03-Flats (NUS and 13 Little Pictures 2014) 

Lilian Chee, Assistant Professor The National University of Singapore

Presentations by:

  • Anna Ulrikke Andersen, PhD candidate The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL 
  • Sander Hölsgens, PhD candidate The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
  • Phuong-Tram Nguyen, PhD candidate The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL 
  • Irene Kelly, PhD candidate The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
  • Bihter Almaç, PhD candidate The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL