The Wandering Frame is a day of screenings based around the experience of walking the city. The films presented include the process of contemplation, as one wanders and wonders on a walk or a cycle through the urban landscape. How do the architecture, people and history of our surrounding environments impact us and influence our thought processes? The “turmoil of life” of the metropolis is a trigger for reflexive states of mind, put in motion while we walk through its streets.
Two films will be shown at 2pm and 4.30pm at Torriano Meeting House
Cycling the Frame (Cynthia Beatt, Germany, 1988, 27mins) and The Invisible Frame (Cynthia Beatt, 60 mins, 2009, Germany)
“You sit and travel in a direction, your head is free, you can take your time or speed along, and your thoughts flow with you.” – Cynthia Beatt
From quotidian to-do lists to philosophical ponderings about history and the influence of the Berlin wall on the city’s inhabitants, the thoughts that accompany Tilda Swinton on her cycle resemble the stream of consciousness that occurs as one contemplatively wanders through the city.
Cycling the Frame follows Tilda Swinton as she rides along the Berlin wall in 1988, one year before its fall and as Germany enters a phase of change and reunification. The Invisible Frame traces the same journey 22 years later, in a modernised Berlin where very few traces of the previously imposing monument still remain. Screened together, they represent a filmed testimony to the absurdity of such border building. Questions arise when an erasure of the past isn’t as invisible as it seems; which is more strongly felt, the presence of the wall or its subsequent absence?
The screenings will take place on the 19th November across three non-traditional venues, Torriano Meeting House, The Constitution pub and the crypt of St Pancras New Church welcoming you to walk between these places to reflect on what you’ve just seen, discover new spaces in your city, or simply to get lost in streets or thoughts.
For more information see The Wandering Frame
Curated by Maureen Gueunet as part of the M.A. in Film Studies Programming and Curation at the National Film and Television School