The Farringdon Factory

A seven-story building that has been stripped back to its skeletal structure, this empty space operates as an open studio complex for live events, screenings and installations, performances and talks.

at 20 Farringdon Street

20 Farringdon Street is a seven-story building that has been stripped back to its skeletal structure. It is a hermetically sealed space formed of a series of cavernous L-shaped rooms which each encompass an entire floor of the building.

Between the 25th November and the 18th December, this empty space operates as the Farringdon Factory, an open studio complex for live events, screenings and installations, performances and talks.

What I would like to do is build a cinema in a cave or an abandoned mine, and film the process of its construction. That film would be the only film shown in the cave. The projection booth would be made out of crude timbers, the screen carved out of a rock wall and painted white, the seats could be boulders. It would be a truly “underground” cinema.
From ‘A Cinematic Atopia’, Robert Smithson (1971)

A cinema is located on the ground floor of the Factory, a space that encourages open discussion. The building’s façade is glass fronted, and as passers-by encounter screenings and events as they filter down through the levels of the building, they are invited to become part of the project in this public space. Resident artists, along with invited speakers will present events that examine methods of research and production linked to both filmmaking and the temporality of the site.

This curated programme will seek to connect the studio practice upstairs with both visitors and the pedestrians on the street, locating the building itself as a unique site for observation.

The month-long occupation of The Farringdon Factory will involve over twenty resident artists. Works made over this time will culminate in a one day event on the 18th December.

The Factory builds upon research by the artists and curators Natasha Cox and Keira Greene, whose collaborative practice engages with the construction of the photographic image and the mechanisms of cinema.

Farringdon Factory

Opening Times
Cinema events: 9 - 18 December
Open Factory event: 18 December

Where
20 Farringdon Street
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London
EC4