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Vertical Space: an evening of film and conversation
Wednesday 22nd February
UCL Urban Laboratory and Passengerfilms
present the third event in a season of screenings on urban architectures. Join us for an evening of film and conversation on 'Vertical Space', featuring 'Man on Wire' (2008), and shorts 'City of Cranes' (2007) and 'Vertical Expectations' (2011).
James Marsh's ‘Man on Wire’ looks at tightrope walker Philippe Petit’s daring, but illegal, high-wire routine between the World Trade Center’s twin towers. Soundtracked by Michael Nyman and using rare footage of the preparations for the 1974 feat (which is presented as an aerial heist movie), the documentary won the Jury prize during its run at Sundance.
We will also be showing Eva Weber’s ‘City of Cranes‘, which takes the viewer high in the sky to look at the world through the eyes and words of crane drivers – a must-see for anyone who has ever wondered what it is like to work hundreds of feet above the ground. The film is divided into four three minute chapters (‘The City Above’, ‘The Last Topman’, ‘Ballet of Cranes’ and ‘Solitary’). The second short will be Simona Piantieri’s ‘Vertical Expectations’, which explores the nexus between architecture, development and society through an ethnographic analysis of the construction of the Shard, the tallest building in the European Union, located just up the road from the Roxy Bar & Screen.
Simona Piantieri will be in conversation after the film and will give a director’s Q&A chaired by Andrew Harris, lecturer in Urban Studies and Geography at UCL. Andrew has recently researched elevated transport projects in Mumbai and is currently developing a website called Tall Tales that collects public stories about tall buildings. Peter Adey, Reader in Human Geography at RHUL and author of Aerial Life: Spaces, Mobilities, Affects (2010), and an upcoming Reaktion book titled Air, will also give a talk considering the cultural connotations of air, particularly the histories of levitation.