Exhibition: The Unbearable Lightness of Beeing
Exhibition launch, Thursday 2 April, 6-9pm / PLACE, 7 - 9 Lower Garfield Street, Belfast
PLACE led a design competition, The Unbearable Lightness of Beeing, in search for a 3D printable, biodegradable beehive. This is an exhibition of the top entries and an opportunity for you to see our 3D printer in action. A programme of workshops will accompany the exhibition to begin a conversation on biodiversity and how we can help to create bee friendly urban spaces.
The Unbearable Lightness of Beeing project is supported by the NIEA Challenge Fund.
CACity Presents: Vacant/Occupied | An Urban Filmmaking Workshop in Belfast
Monday 8 June - Friday 12 June 2015 / PLACE, 7 - 9 Lower Garfield Street, Belfast
This is a one‐week workshop open to all who are interested in the relationship between architecture and cinema. No filmmaking experience is expected. The target of the workshop is to make a short film not longer than 3 minutes within the boundaries of the city of Belfast. As part of the CACity (Cinema and Architecture in the City) Research Group activities, founded in 2014 and funded by the Institute of Collaborative Research for the Humanities at Queen’s University Belfast, and in partnership with PLACE and Queen’s Film Theatre, architecture and film specialist Dr Gul Kacmaz Erk has devised Vacant/Occupied for individuals interested in filming architecture and the city, in collaboration with filmmaker Paddy Cahill.
Film makes use of design variables such as light, colour, movement, texture, pattern, scale, and transparency as a significant aspect of its narration. Form, space, time, context, nature, sound, text, fabric and other design elements are all included in the core of a film. So how can we benefit from filmmaking to express our ideas on architecture and the city? Can film be a bridge between architects and the public? With these questions in mind, we will view and discuss films about architecture and the city, and re‐produce Belfast through film. Doing so, we intend to develop an awareness of the relationship between cinema and architecture in the city.
Whether you are a Belfast inhabitant or a visitor to the city, you will be making a short film in and about Belfast within the theme of Vacant/Occupied. The theme may include concepts such as vacancy, dereliction, emptiness, transition, transformation, occupation, inhabitation, dwelling, territory, space, and place, which we will be talking about throughout the workshop in relation to the films screened and produced. In this workshop, theory and practice are brought together. A theoretical basis on the relationship of film and urban architecture will be provided through discussion. Guest tutors will enrich the dialogue. We will explore the world of cinema to portray our ideas about cities and the built environment.
You are also encouraged to submit your film to a film festival and/or conference after the workshop.
Duration: 1 week (Monday to Friday), 8-12 June. Workshop meetings are scheduled for 10 am - 1 pm each day. Lunch will follow. Participants will also need to work on their films at other times, so be prepared to spend the whole week with us! Please see Process and Timetable for details.
Fee: £20 per participant
Venue: PLACE, 7-9 Lower Garfield Street BT1 1FP Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Number of participants: 20 (open to all)
Group work: expected. Participants will work in pairs.
Output: one short film per group (maximum 3 minutes long)
Experience: Filmmaking experience is not required but participants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the editing software they intend to use (such as iMovie for Mac and Windows Movie Maker). One week before the workshop, we will send you tutorials to practice your editing skills.
On a memory stick, please bring a 1-2 minute film clip or short film that you like and is related to the workshop/theme to share with the group.
If you have any of the following, please bring them along. If not, a limited number will be provided:
Digital video camera (or a digital camera that shoots film)
Tripod for the camera
Laptop with editing software (of participant’s preference)
Drawing instruments (of participant’s preference)
All other materials and lunch will be provided.
Please check out www.bang2write.com/2013/04/7-steps-to-better-shorts-by-christine-morrow.html before the workshop.
After booking, you will receive an email from the organisers with a full schedule for the week.
Open House Belfast
Friday 17 - Sunday 19 July 2015
This Summer PLACE are co-ordinating the inaugural Open House Belfast - a Festival of Contemporary Architecture.
As part of the Year of Irish Design 2015 we will be joining the Open House Worldwide family in opening up some of our city's most interesting and exciting spaces to the public, free of charge! This is your opportunity to discover the city from new perspectives and uncover the wealth of beauty and activity that we pass by daily.
Full programme to be announced soon, sign up to our mailing list to be kept updated.
Open House Belfast is kindly supported by YOID 2015 and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.