LCC Reader in Film William Raban’s film ‘About Now MMX’ (2010) has been selected by the Helsinki Photo Biennial to be shown as an installation for two months from the beginning of March until the end of April 2012. The film has also been picked up by the Athens Biennial where it will be shown in an online programme themed around ‘Architecture’. This runs from mid-November until the biennial closes on 11 December 2011.
Raban says: “The invitation to show at the Helsinki Photo Biennial came direct from one of the curators. He was showing the film in a programme called CITY AND SURVEILLANCE and he possibly had seen the film when it was shown in a programme called ‘Surveillance’ during the EXPOSED show at Tate Modern in 2010.”
According to Gareth Polmeer in SEQUENCE magazine ‘About Now MMX’ could be read as a dialectic of the city and its image, an argument between how it is and how it might be re-imagined. The project is one of fundamental engagement and makes necessary a critical reappraisal of urban space, our relationships to place and the promise that film might hold for a transformative relation to the city.
Raban has just finished his new film THE HOUSELESS SHADOW for the forthcoming Dickens and London exhibition at the Museum of London that runs from 9 December 2011 until 10 June 2012. More information on his work can be found on his website.