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Transit Arts presents Soft Cells (N/C 15+)

15 March

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly
  • Venue Civic House
Location of Civic House


A programme about soft bodies in hard places, six international artist-filmmakers surveil the eerie control of urban life. Chicago skyscrapers pierce the cosmos, a ghostly torso contorts under a communications satellite, obsolete sci-fi technologies strobe and enchant, an abandoned Panopticon prison yields to the landscape, city windows at night leak an anthology of private moments, and two women pace the empty streets of Glasgow. Curated by Transit Arts as part of Uncanny Loop, an ongoing programme of artists’ moving image connecting the contemporary urban experience with the Gothic mode.

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Kobold's Gesänge (Goblin's Chants)

Pioneering German video artist Klaus vom Bruch’s nude torso, ghost-white and headless, contorts under the structure of a communications satellite.

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  • Director Klaus vom Bruch
  • Country Germany
  • Year 1986
  • Duration 5m
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The Watchmen

Bodies are repressed and surveilled. A psychic landscape is built around the Panopticon prison: a philosophy of control manifested in an architectural form.

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  • Director Fern Silva
  • Country United States
  • Year 2017
  • Duration 10m
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The human form reaches total abstraction, where the debris of countless 1960s pulp sci-fi technologies mutate into flesh.

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  • Director Matthias Müller, Cristoph Girardet
  • Country Germany, United Kingdom
  • Year 2001
  • Duration 9m
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Scales in the Spectrum of Space

A composite of thirty-five works from the Chicago Film Archive that imagines a cosmic and unsettling collective memory of the city through its wanderers.

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  • Director Fern Silva
  • Country United States
  • Year 2015
  • Duration 7m
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The Wave Machine and the Flâneuse

Another focus on the city wanderer, this time through the feminist figure of the flâneuse. Two women move through the emptied streets of two dark European cities.

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  • Director Tessa Lynch
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Year 2016
  • Duration 17m
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The Sleepers

From the watched to the watcher, a city block at night leaks an anthology of private moments.

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  • Director Amie Siegel
  • Country United States
  • Year 1999
  • Duration 45m
  • Certificate N/C 15+
  • Duration 1h30m
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