Nokia Unveils Perspectives of London
Unique views of the Capital by Jefferson Hack, Naomi Cleaver, Nigel Coates and Tom Dixon on public view from 6 - 21 October
October 06, 2006 - London, UK - Nokia today announces Perspectives of London, a unique exhibition that brings together the cutting-edge technology of the Nokia N93 advanced mobile video device with the creative talent of four artists to produce films that epitomise the capital city from their different perspectives.
The four artists to take up the challenge are Jefferson Hack, founder of Dazed & Confused, Another Magazine and Another Man; Naomi Cleaver, designer, writer and TV presenter; Tom Dixon, creative director of Habitat, design company Artek and his namesake design company - Tom Dixon; and Nigel Coates, head architectural professor at the Royal College of Art.
The inspiration that informs each of the artists and their work has resulted in four very different films - from Jefferson Hack’s study of free-runners in Dérive, to Naomi Cleaver’s London from Horseback. Each of the films shows the artists’ own powerful feelings of connection with London, as well as the relationship between the people captured in the film with the city and with each other.
The four films will be on public display at the Architecture Foundation’s Yard Gallery, from 6 - 21 October. Along with the artists’ films, the exhibition will also display still photographs and a short film - also shot on the Nokia N93 - giving a behind the scene look at the making of each piece of art. The films will also be available to view on the Nokia Nseries’ online mobile movie community, the Nokia Nseries Studio - www.nokia.com/nseries/studio.
Commenting on his film, Jefferson Hack said: “I am drawn to the potential of mobile video devices like the Nokia N93. They allow us to catch the moments we observe in our daily lives and share them as they happen. The possibilities for film-making are endless - working on this film with the Nokia N93 has inspired me to capture the extraordinary movement of the city - I hope it inspires people.”
Russell Anderson, Senior Marketing Manager, Multimedia, Nokia said: “These films really showcase how advanced mobile video devices are the ultimate solution for video recording - whether it’s a planned piece of visual art like these films, or spontaneous footage. With the Nokia Nseries Studio we’re hoping to encourage more people to shoot and share their life experiences. And with the Nokia N93, people can capture these moments in unparalleled video quality from a mobile device.”
Boasting a 3.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, DVD-like video capture and 3x optical zoom, the Nokia N93 offers advanced imaging facilities. With expandable memory of up to 2.5GB, you can store up to 90 minutes of DVD-like quality video or up to 2,500 high-quality photos, or share them by connecting the device directly to your TV for a widescreen movie experience, or uploading your images and video to online albums and blogs. You can even create high-quality home movies and burn them to DVD with the included Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 software.
Jefferson Hack - Dérive
Jefferson’s perspective is about movement - he sees the city and the people in it as always-moving. To reflect this he has chosen to film Dérive - capturing the way Les Parkours reclaim the city by offering a way for anybody, regardless of status or race to express themselves. Part dance, part marshal art, but in its most basic form - running and jumping through the city in a fluid and controlled way - freedom of movement and self expression in its most pure sense.
Naomi Cleaver - London from Horseback
Observing the duality of high tech and low tech Naomi seeks to recreate the perspectives of the past in the midst of the present by filming solely from horseback, up until a century ago the main form of transport around the city’s streets. The resulting film is a constantly moving vista, from a once common elevation, that also captures the unique reactions to a rogue horsewoman in modern London.
Nigel Coates - Full Circle
Nigel Coates has remained most true to the brief. In the search for the highest freely accessible spot in London, he settled on the 4th floor terrace at Tate Modern to make his film, Full Circle. With its single take, it explores the contrast between the expansive view over the Thames and the London skyline, and the terrace as a confined viewing platform or theatre box. As the camera rotates through a progressively upward spiral it passes from long-shot to studied close-up, back and forth from viewer to the viewed.
Tom Dixon - The Mirrored Cube
Drawn towards the current phenomenon of CCTV cameras and the notion of the world as a stage - regardless of our awareness - Tom designed a one-way mirrored cube through which he filmed London. Placed in a variety of public locations around London, the film highlights the different aspects of human nature, as Tom watches people watching themselves - preening, showing off and even pulling out their nose hairs.
Notes to editors
There will be a private view of the ’Perspectives of London’ exhibition on October 5th at the Architecture Foundation’s gallery for media and personal guests of the artists involved.
About The Architecture Foundation
The Architecture Foundation promotes and encourages the best in contemporary architecture and brings it to a wide public. It runs a rich programme comprising exhibitions, talks, events, design initiatives and competitions, research, policy work and films. Established in 1991 as Britain’s first independent architecture centre, the Architecture Foundation actively bridges the gap between decision-makers, design professionals and the public. The Architecture Foundation is building a new centre for architecture in Bankside, designed by Zaha Hadid and currently has a temporary experimental gallery, The Yard at 49 Old Street in London. www.architecturefoundation.org.uk
About Nokia Nseries Studio
Nokia Nseries Studio (www.nokia.com/nseries/studio) is a groundbreaking online mobile movie community where aspiring directors can now upload and showcase their own mobile videos. The site is designed to promote mobile moving making: you can find inspiration from the films shot on a Nokia N93 by creative visionaries from around the world, including, Donut, by award-winning actor and film-maker, Gary Oldman, shot on the new Nokia N93 multimedia computer.
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.
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