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Under/Over – Part 2/3 – Presented by Close-Up and Transidency
13th April 2010 Time: 8pm, Doors open at 7.45pm

Venue: The Working Men’s Club, 44-46 Pollard Row, London E2 6NB
Ticket: £5/£3 to Close-Up members
This season of films have been curated in conjunction with the Artist’s collective, Transidency, whose latest show entitled UNDER/OVER runs at the FOLD Gallery during April 2010.

The programme aims to complement the themes investigated in UNDER/OVER, as well as to draw out the comparisons between the films themselves which collectively act as a body of enquiry into those same themes which include; [self & enforced] mythologising, ridiculous labour, over work/under work and the in-between, an ongoing investigation into the deceptive quality of the Earth’s iconography and the spaces of war.

London Perambulator screening with:

Jaunt [1995, 5 mins] Andrew Kotting’s ‘psychogeographical’ experiment conducted along the highways, byways and waterways of the River Thames. From Southend-on-Sea to the Houses of Parliament, Kotting’s ‘Road Movie’ of sorts see this stretch of this our fair isle though the eyes of those who work and inhabit it, but ultimately though the eyes of Kotting himself.

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Podcast: John & Nick talking about the background to the film

In this episode of Ventures & Adventures in Topography, John Rogers and Nick Papadimitriou take a dérive through James Bone’s The London Perambulator published in 1925 – the book that gave John the title for the film.

Bone’s view of the city was idiosyncratic and hard to pin down, he was drawn to the overlooked and maligned corners of the metropolis. He dreamed of having the keys to the spirit of London and preached the virtues of night-time perambulations in all weathers. Themes that are also present in the documentary.

Listen to the podcast here (right click to download)

The rest of this series of podcasts exploring the world of early C20th topographical walking guides to London can be downloaded from Resonance fm

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London Perambulator at Media Playground

The London Perambulator will be screening at Resonance fm’s Media Playground day of events commissioned by Broadcast Media Sculptures. “Media Playground” present movies, discussion and radiophonic sound-art in the distinctive surroundings of London’s Foundry bar, 86 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3JL

Saturday 19th December 2009 3.30pm, Free adm

The screening will be followed by a  Q&A with John Rogers (director) and Nick Papadimitriou (subject of the film)

Also Class Wargames presents Guy Debord’s The Game of War, followed by discussion with instigator Richard Barbrook, philosopher Stefan Lutschinger and director Ilze Black – plus a collective playing of Debord’s game.

Earlier at 2pm: discussion for broadcast: Pathological Over-Sharing.

More info here

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London Perambulator at Cine-City

The London Perambulator will be screening at Brighton’s Cine-City festival on 26th November 8pm. The screening at the Sallis Benney Theatre will be followed by a Q&A with director John Rogers and Nick Papadimitriou – the London Perambulator himself. This session will be hosted by film-maker Grant Gee, director of the acclaimed Radiohead documentary Meeting People is Easy.

See the Cine-City website for more information and booking details

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Interview

London Perambulator director John Rogers talking about film-making, walking, blogging and London on Lost Steps, Resonance 104.4fm

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Q&A with John Rogers & Nick Papadimitriou at Housmans

Q&A with John Rogers, director of The London Perambulator, and Nick Papadimitriou – recorded at Housmans Bookshop, Kings Cross, London following a screening of the film.

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London’s Burning on Resonance fm

The podcast of London’s Burning on Resonance fm is now available with London Perambulator director John Rogers talking about the film, psychogeography and London with Malcolm Vache from Housman’s bookshop, artist Laura Oldfield Ford, and authors Ken Worpole and Merlin Coverley.
Download the podcast here

You can listen to Resonance on 104.4fm or online at http://resonancefm.com/listen
Details about the Housmans London’s Burning season of events including a screening of The London Perambulator can be found here

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Reviews from East End Film Festival screening

The Quietus 
“…as part of the East London Film Festival, a different pace is explored in the first screening of John Roger’s documentary The London Perambulator, a thoughtful and, at times, deeply moving piece about Nick Papadimitriou”. continue reading here

Stewart Home
“The London Perambulator struck me as a cross between Iain Sinclair and Chris Petit’s Channel 4 movies such as The Falconer and works by the artist Luke Fowler including Bogman Palmjaguar and The Way Out”. continue reading here

John Davies.org
“John Rogers’ film is an excellent study of the character and vision of a man who would be dubbed by the literary press or Sunday supplements (if they ever discovered him) as an English eccentric, but whose clarity of vision is such that it makes you think that it’s the rest of us who are eccentric, locked as we are into the banalities of capital, or what Guy Debord called The Spectacle, whereby we have lost contact with the ground we tread on, the land we inhabit; we don’t see where we’re going.” continue reading here

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East End Film Festival at Whitechapel Gallery, Wednesday 29th April 7pm followed by panel discussion with Will Self, Iain Sinclair, Andrea Philips and John Rogers

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“The cinema of John Rogers is like a combination of…the physicality of Kotting with the Deep Topography of Keiller.”

– Iain Sinclair

Featuring contributions from Russell Brand, Will Self and Iain Sinclair

The London Perambulator is a documentary about our relationship with the edgelands of the city, the under-imagined liminal spaces at the fringe of London. This is the city that we deny, overlook, malign. But it is in these spaces that we find the key to the true soul of the city, it’s past and it’s future. 

Three leading London cultural figures, Will Self, Iain Sinclair, and Russell Brand discuss the work of Nick Papadimitriou, writer and self-styled ‘Deep Topographer’, a man who had dedicated his life to mapping, archiving, forming an almost religious attachment to these locations. 

“Nick knows about woodlands – he’s been a conservation worker; he knows about ecology – he’s written scientific reports on the subject; he knows more about the topography of London than anyone I’ve ever met. All in all Nick’s psychogeographic credentials piss on mine from the height of Angel Falls, so when he says “Jump!” I politely request: “Broad? Triple? High?”.

– Will Self, The Independent 22 April 2005

Brand, Self and Sinclair talk glowingly at length about the man who they see as being the perfect embodiment of engagement with the real city as opposed to the virtual metropolis of the property developers. Russell Brand describes Nick as “like some ludicrously pragmatic mystic, some dull trudging trainspotting alchemist. He hoovers up magic from stone and brick and concrete”. This is a film that takes us beyond conventional notions of psychogeography and urbanism into a deeper engagement with the urban landscape and towards a future where the whole city becomes Edgeland. 

The interviews are intercut with actuality footage as we follow Nick on journeys on foot through the heart of his London, invariably connected by underground water-courses. As Will Self says, “Places that feel left behind by the passage of history”. Unseen, non-spaces that are passed in sealed pod-like cars on the way the airport and the out-of-town shopping complex. Edgelands that Iain Sinclair notes are, “between permitted territories”. Brand also notes, “we’ve become so removed from a landscape that has been lacquered in concrete”.

At Wormword Scrubs, Nick remembers his time inside where he befriended the notorious serial killer Denis Nilsen. He walks the Grand Union Canal with his friend of 23 years, Will Self, as they head out towards Heathrow. They talk candidly about addiction, how walking is laden with narrative and memory. In the industrial estates of Stonebridge Park, Nick connects his attachment to the neglected city with his own sense of alienation from the urban realm of Sunday Supplement living. He takes us inside his archive, Deep Library, consisting of found objects, journals, maps and photos salvaged from abandoned houses and suburban skips.

 “(Nick) Is like a perfect figure at the edge of the city, a kind of freelance historian of great knowledge and a kind of archivist gathering up everything he could to do with Middlesex and writing, without any particular hope of publication, great tracts that were like strange rhapsodies and poems of the city.”

– Iain Sinclair

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