What I would like to do is build a cinema in a cave or an abandoned mine, and film the process of its construction. That film would be the only film shown in the cave. The projection booth would be made out of crude timbers, the screen carved out of a rock wall and painted white, the seats could be boulders. It would be a truly “underground”cinema. From ‘A Cinematic Atopia’, Robert Smithson (1971)
To an outsider 20 Farringdon street appears to the passing world as out-of-service. An unregulated unlit building where surfaces have lost their gleam. An out of date monument from the not so distant past. In contrast the surrounding architecture is lit up, incongruous corporations sit side by side with a visible workforce that operates into the night….
20 Farringdon Street is a seven story building in the City of London. A structure that has been stripped back to its basic form, it is a soundproofed expansive space with enormous, lengthy rooms, which look out over the energy of the passing city.
Between the Summer 2013 – Spring 2014 this empty space operated as The Farringdon Factory, a seven story open studio complex for live events, screenings and installations, performances and talks. The building became the site of a cinema a space that encourages open discussion and experimental works.
Curated and facilitated by Natasha Cox and Keira Greene.
Participating artists included:
Max Atkins, Cilla Berg, Verity Birt, Lucy Clarke, Alex Culshaw, Amy Dickson, Hazel Dowling, Kate Elliott, Stephen Emerson, Sara Hibbert, Elizabeth Homersham, Emily Iremonger, Rebecca James, Benji Jeffrey, Ann-Marie LeQuesne, Genevieve Lutkin, Girolamo Marri, Bella Marrin, Alicia Matthews, Ella McCartney, Emma McGarry, Isobel Mei, Justine Melford-Colegate, Jenny Berger Myhre, Karolina Magnusson Murray, Mette Boel Olesen, Karolina Raczynski, Annette Robinson, Jack Strange, Will Ward, Bea Wilson, George Young.