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Façade

Image of Facade by Phil Coy (Production Still), FLAMIN Productions 2009

Synopsis

Façade re-transmits some of the flawed utopias and polarised theories suggested by Sergei Eisenstein's unmade film 'The Glass House' into a fantastical vision of contemporary glass architecture far removed from its egalitarian origins. Shot in a green screen television studio the action takes place in the non-spaces it describes conflating archive footage of plate glass manufacture with architectural 'walkthroughs' of never-to-be-built glass buildings. Narrated by TV news anchor Julia Somerville Façade casts 'glass' as a transparent subject rendered slowly opaque by the language it engenders.

Working with a production film crew and architectural visualisation specialists Miller Hare, Façade's production process implements the tools and hierarchical systems associated with corporate media production in order to reveal the constituent parts of that system.

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Cast & Crew


Producer
- Emily Dixon
Camera - Jamie Cairne
Editor - Herbert Hunger
Sound Design - Chu-li Shewring
Special Effects - Miller Hare

Selected Screenings


  • Whitstable Biennale (2010)
  • South London Gallery (2010)
  • Whitechapel Gallery (2011)
  • National Glass Centre (2011)
  • Artprojx, Armoury show, SVA Theatre, New York (2011)
  • Loop Festival Barcelona (2011) 
  • Recollect, Wysing Arts Centre (2012)
  • Grimshaw Architects, LFA (2012)

Key Information

Film

Façade

Artist

Phil Coy

Project

FLAMIN Productions

Year Completed

2010

Duration

42

Shooting format

HD Video, 5.1 surround

Screening format

Digi-beta, HD Digital File

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