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‘Closed Forever’ at Auto Italia, featuring Basil Spence on film

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‘Closed Forever’ at Auto Italia – 1 Glengal Road, Peckham – is generated from this image of a derelict Irish cinema by William Hamilton

The installation, designed by Sean Griffiths of FAT architects and Expedition Engineering, recreates the haunting atmosphere of an abandoned movie theatre space.

Visitors can take part in a clandestine viewing of films curated by Isobel Harbison. Jesse Jones’ ‘The Spectre and the Sphere’ (2008) explores the Voruuit socialist castle in Ghent, Belgium. Catalina Niculescu’s ‘Schall und Rauch’ (2009) reinterprets architecture through performance.

Another gem is the must-see ‘Coventry Cathedral’ (1958) by Dudley Shaw-Ashton, featuring a monologue written and narrated by architect Basil Spence.

‘The old cathedrals were modern, even when they were young,’ said Spence, who sagely reminds us ‘modern buildings must look good in the sun and the rain.’

Closed Forever, Auto Italia – 1 Glengal Road, Peckham, until 30.08.09.

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