7 September 2011

A free event, the Artist Cine Club at FACT is a chance to catch showcases of artist's work within the cinema environment. Tonight we will be screening two of the Norwegian artist, Knut Åsdam’s most popular films, Abyss and Tripoli. Contextualised within the urban environment, the work of Åsdam explores youth culture, music and everyday life within these two contrasting films set in East London and Lebanon respectively.

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Abyss portrays an urban reality characterised by migration and change – the movement of people, the movement of money and power, and the drift of the imagination. Filmed in East London, including the Thames Gateway and the fringes around the 2012 Olympic construction site, the film is set within spaces of the modern city – markets, gyms, parking lots, parks, squares, streets and stores.

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Tripoli emphasises the relationship between urban identities, political history and architectural traces through the preserved relics of our recent past. Tripoli in North Lebanon holds the remains of one of the world's most distinctive and ambitious construction projects, a stranded vision in the form of an international market place designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1966. On the outbreak of the civil war in Lebanon in 1975 all the work on the extensive project ceased, and the buildings were never completed. The film is part architectural documentary and part theatrical drama.

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The screenings will start at 6.30pm at will be introduced by Dan Kidner, curator, writer and director of City Projects.

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Although the screening is free, tickets are still required. You can book this online here, in person at the Box Office or by calling 0871 902 5737.