Tuned Cities

Eleanor Wright/Sam Watson with work and contributions by Mark Dorrian, Natasha Rosling, Richard Whitby, Anne Tallentire, Beatrice Gibson, Cedrick Eymenier, Clemens von Wedemeyer and Maya Schweizer, Jennet Thomas, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Michael Stevenson, Neil Beloufa, Patrick Keiller, Riccardo Iacono, Steven Ball, William English, Zachary Formwalt.

 
 
 
 

Screening programme and symposium commissioned by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art with support from BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art.

The Tuned Cities symposium focused on relationships between people and the built environment. Operating as an extension of the Thin Cities exhibition at Gallery North, this event was put together to interrogate contemporary paradigms found within built environments.

With an introduction by Eleanor Wright and presentations by Professor Mark Dorrian ‘Utopia on Ice: Dubaiʼs Sunny Mountain Ski-Dome as an Allegory of the Future’, Natasha Rosling ‘Rising Above and Occasionally Falling Below’, and Dr Richard Whitby ‘5000 feet from the wreck’

 

A projector screen was collaboratively designed and made by Natasha Rosling and Eleanor Wright for Rosling’s presentation, which was also used as one of the screens for the subsequent screening programme.

The Tuned Cities screening programme presented a series of artist films that explored themes of architecture and transformation. The selected works explored this through allegorical representations of architecture, and the built environment operating as an expression of social and political ideals. Shown in succession and moving across three screens, the programme consisted of works by Anne Tallentire, Beatrice Gibson, Cedrick Eymenier, Clemens von Wedemeyer and Maya Schweizer, Jennet Thomas, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Michael Stevenson, Neil Beloufa, Patrick Keiller, Riccardo Iacono, Steven Ball, William English, Zachary Formwalt.

Tuned Cities took place in parallel to Eleanor Wright’s exhibition ‘Thin Cities’ at Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne