As part of the cultural festival 'Start Making Sense!' (7-16 March 2013), Runa Islam's 'Time Lines' will be screened.
'Time Lines’ focuses on three early twentieth century structures in Barcelona: the once iconic cable car of Montjuic whose linear journey is now used primarily as a tourist excursion and two rides in the antiquated Tibidado fairground - a plane that moves in a fixed circle overhead and a crane that rotates upwards to what was formerly the highest point in the city. Islam was drawn to these subjects not because of their immediate visual appeal (the cable car’s small red box skimming the city’s rooftops for example, or the candy coloured ironwork of the rides) but rather for the impossible airborne points of view that they access and for the perfect readymade tracking shots enabled by their automated functions. Like Richard Serra’s ‘Railroad Turnbridge’ (1976), these constructions provide both the subject and the method of the filmmaking process, from which the images could develop ‘in a free associative way, moving laterally and literally, vertically and horizontally.’
‘Time Lines’ deals with notions of suspension and the deconstruction of time/space coordinates in both a literal and metaphorical manner. Scenarios and ‘timeframes’ are montaged in the film, using both amateur and professional actors in period costumes ranging from the 1900s to the present day set against intermittent points of the cable car’s journey. Fragments of physiognomies, clothing and architectural details are syncopated together, with overlaid sounds of ambient noise, 1920s music and the amplified hum of turn-of-the-century engineering. Occasionally, the camera cuts to the cable lines in the sky, a completely abstract composition, and then switches back to long shots of the car taken from a roving viewpoint.
Runa Islam: 'Time Lines'
Centre D’Art Contemporain
iMichel Simon Hall
Rue Général-Dufour 16
Tuesday 12 March 2013 at 7pm.
+41 22 320 78 78
Runa Islam 'Time Lines' 2005 35mm film with sound
© Runa Islam Courtesy White Cube