In Search of Islington’s Lost Cinemas
– an illuminating journey into local cinema history
Artist Walk 22 November
Antiuniversity Now! festival
22 November 2015: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Approx 2 hours (timings may vary)
Islington has a rich cinematic history as the former home of more than 40 movie theatres since cinema’s invention as well as being the birth place of one of the pioneers of British cinema R. W. Paul.
Join artist Sam Nightingale as he leads a Sunday morning walk around Angel, Essex Road and Upper Street in search of Islington’s Lost Cinemas. The walk is an opportunity to learn both about Islington’s rich cinematic past and the chance to discover the layers of history that are often hidden within the architecture of the urban everyday. In the walk we will see cinemas that are still standing, even if no longer used, picture-palaces that have left only ghostly traces of their former glory and structures that need our imagination to project the past into the present.
Details about the meeting point will be communicated once booked.
Limited to 15 places.Book!
This walk is offered as part of Antiuniversity Now! festival.
About the artist:
Sam Nightingale is an Islington-based artist who works with photography and the moving image; he exhibits internationally, and his work has been included in exhibitions and film festivals in America, Australia and Europe.
His practice is research driven and responds to site to explore and enliven the spectral spaces of cinema, both real and imagined in locations across Europe, Australia and America. Recent work includes: ‘The Cinemas Project’ (Australia), a large-scale project that maps the spectral spaces of cinema in rural locations across the state of Victoria; ‘Islington’s Lost Cinemas’ (UK), an ongoing photographic research project that traces the history of cinema in the Borough of Islington; and ‘Parallax Shifts: In Search of Imagined Landscapes’ (USA), part of an Artist-in-Residence programme where Nightingale went in search of the imagined landscapes of the ‘Spaghetti Western’ in the deserts of the American South West.