For 4WCOP we’ve gathered a collection of psychogeographical shorts reflecting this year’s theme “Wish We Were Here”.
You can binge-watch them all here or pace yourself as we’ll share them on Facebook (@videostrollsarchive)at intervals in the run-up to the Congress on 4th September 2022.
The films are divided into three subjects: The Seaside, Roads to Nowhere and New Towns / New Worlds
Wish We Were Here: The Seaside
Exploring the wish you were here, kiss me quick, saucy postcard ideas of the British coast.
Memories of childhood holidays spent at the beach at Roker are illustrated by vintage picture postcards.
Returning to the coastal town in which the artist grew up.
“This is a film about my home, and about ‘home’ in general. it’s also about moving away, moving on and growing up, and it’s my attempt at making something productive out of feelings of nostalgia and melancholy.”
“Eden, in Northern Ireland, shares few of the qualities of its namesake.
It exists around the perimeter fence of one of Ireland’s largest power stations.
This portrait of my hometown forms the basis of a video that explores a run-down half-forgotten place.
Focusing on Eden’s residents, the work reveals a place filled with eccentricity, humour and beauty.”
Wish We Were Here: Roads to Nowhere
Failed transport links, demolished stations, abandoned roads and motorways never built. We wish were here, but how do we get there?
A little guide on the remains of Broad Street Station.
“What or where is the M12? Where was it supposed to go, and why did it not get built? People were asking. I needed answers.”
Episode 2 of a series exploring some of the UK’s abandoned or disused roads. Old roads in the woods, motorway junctions or forgotten slip roads, this series has it all!
Wish We Were Here: New Towns / New Worlds
Visions of the future, from the past and from the present.
Taking a journey into the utopia of the past using footage from Thamesmead 1970 made by the Greater London Council.
Inspired by games such as Myst, and a poem by Glissant of the same name, this is a dream-like short about the desire to find ‘negative islands’ from which the world might be unmade. Nisha Ramayya plays ‘S’, who circles between lime kiln tunnels, observation decks high above a future city, and the London clubbing scene, trying to find a re-beginning or a good way through this field of islands and into a world beyond.