new film produced and directed by WAVEparticle
Sunday 8th May 2016, the blowdown of the last towerblock in
Laurieston, was filmed by an extended WAVEparticle
team from thirty-two positions; both circling the tower block and from co-ordinated
points all over the city of Glasgow. The
extensive film crew, including people from the local community, captured the
collapse of this forty three year old, twenty four storey building, which took four
years to build and was demolished in just over four seconds.
result is an extraordinary bank of footage that bears witness to the multiple
perspectives from which the building, until recently, dominated horizons. Twelve of the cameras were positioned at
equal distances around the demolition site perimeter. This allowed an
examination of the demolition that will be edited to create an effect akin to bullet-time, capturing, for the first
time anywhere in the world, an animation of a demolition where the viewpoint
rotates around the building as it collapses.
footage also includes a camera on drone, offering a hovering scopic eye from a one
hundred metre aerial perspective, three, super-slow motion cameras that stretch
the four seconds into forty and a portentous shot from one mile away that
frames the demolition from the viewpoint of the Necropolis Cemetery in the East
of the City.
WAVEparticle team are now working
towards a film edit which will exist both as a single screen work for
cinematic/network distribution and also as a unique 16 screen installation which
will be shown adjacent to the site of the Norfolk Court demolition itself.
are seeking to build a narration that includes reflection from the local
community with the aim that the film revisits the event of the demolition from
multiple perspectives as a means open up the space and time to reflect on the
significant changes in the area over the last years.
you would like to contribute or to know more about this work please contact us
This work is part of Art & Living: Laurieston the
art strategy for the Laurieston area developed by WAVEparticle in
partnership with New Gorbals Housing Association and Urban Union. For
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