Saturday, 14 November 2009

Patrick Keiller "I'm Patrick Keiller and I deserve more than three fans." (September 3, 2008 at 11:35am)

Thats two psycho-geographers in as many days. this one goes by the name of patrick keiller. he of "london" and "robinson in space" fame, or rather, obscure cult status.

During the 1980s Patrick Keiller made a series of short films which juxtaposed footage of urban and other landscapes with fictional narration. His first two feature-length films, London (1994) and Robinson in Space (1997), are quasi-fictional anatomies of urban, industrial and commercial space at the end of the 20th century. In 2000, he directed The Dilapidated Dwelling, a study of the decline of housing stock in the UK.
from an interview in frieze magazine.

that said, he's at the barbican this week, showing his film "london", with a talk afterwards.

Patrick Keiller's extraordinary portrait of London re-imagines the city through the explorations of an unseen 'researcher' Robinson and his similarly unseen companion, the film's narrator (voiced by Paul Scofield).
heres a clip:

he's also on facebook, which i may have to join (after years of denouncing it), just so i can pester him.
an unsung hero, and one who deserves more fans, so go on, see him at the barbican, then love him on facebook.

london and robinson in space are available via the bfi, as a double dvd set.

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