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Bartlett don creates Portugese ‘centipede’ cinema

Bartlett academic Colin Fournier has proposed this ‘centipede’ cinema for Guimarães in Portugal

Designed with artist Marysia Lewandowska, the installation is part of the city’s 2012 European Capital of Culture celebrations.

Led by Professor Fournier, the design team also included Bartlett graduates George King and Mark Nixon who founded London-based design firm NEON.

Viewers enter the canvas and cork structure through once of 16 nozzles. Once inside their upper bodies may enjoy the cinema while their legs remain rooted in the outside world.

The ‘alien-like structure’ was inspired by the city’s 1953 ‘CineClube’ cinema club and intended to contrast against Guimarães’ UNESCO World Heritage site.

Fournier explained: ‘The CineClube brought international films to the city, some of them popular films broadly available from commercial distributors, but also many classic “cinéma d’auteur” art films by directors such as Jean-Luc Godard or Fellini, that often openly conflicted with the right-wing ideology of Salazar’s regime.’ 

He added: ‘They are one of the few groups that were able to offer a radical political critique of society and they survive to this day as a left-wing cultural club.  We wanted to create something that celebrated such an important contribution.’

The planned hour-long screenings will comprise of 20, three minute-long trailers selected by local workers. The completed structure will go on show this weekend (20 October).


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