A fascinating meditation on the cities of the future… There’s something of Iain Sinclair, J.G. Ballard and Italo Calvino here, and of the night time Paris in Godard’s Alphaville… Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Awesome and terrifying… This film is a film – and a city – to get lost in… Isabel Stevens – Sight and Sound
Babeldom : a state of things compared to that at Babel; especially noisy disorder.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834), poet, critic, and philosopher.
Babeldom is a city so massive and growing at such a speed that soon, it is said, light itself will not escape its gravitational pull. How can two lovers communicate, one from inside the city and one outside? This is an elegy to urban life, against the backdrop of a city of the future, a portrait assembled from film shot in modern cities all around the world and collected from the most recent research in science, technology and architecture.
There’s a sort of refrigerated strangeness to this cine-meditation on the concepts of cities and the future, the debut feature-length piece by established short-film maker Paul Bush. It’s about a fictional megacity called Babeldom, glimpsed initially through breaks in an icy fog: the Tower of Babel, as imagined by the elder Bruegel. Fascinatingly, it’s not an actual model, or an animation, but something in between, and this image segues into perspectives of actual cities – lonely, dark, eerily untenanted places. Bush’s own prose-poetry, decanted into two reading voices, tells us how the archaeological past is compacted underfoot while the future wafts airily overhead. These ideas are juxtaposed with computer-modelled graphics, whose purpose is to simulate, re-enact or anticipate the forms and growth patterns of future worlds and cities. There is something of Iain Sinclair, JG Ballard and Italo Calvino here, and of the night-time Paris in Godard’s Alphaville: dark, cold and unromantic; a new city of the future.
(Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)
DIRECTOR : Paul Bush
DURATION : 83 minutes
GENRE : Animation
COUNTRY: UK (2012)
Dans le cadre de Paul Bush I exhibition / babeldom / talk
8,50€ (+0,50 online), 6,50€, UGC Unlimited, Art27