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Urban Screens

Light up your life with one of the most original events in 2007

Published on October 8th 2007.

Urban Screens

Urban Screens takes place over four days from Thu 11 to Sun 14 Oct. It takes place over 24 hours on three big screens in Manchester: Exchange Square, All Saints’ Gardens (next to MMU union building) and Cathedral Gardens outside Urbis. There will be three major UK premieres and they’re all free apart from the Light Surgeons event.

The three premieres are: True Fictions; New Adventures in Folklore by the Light Surgeons, MegaPhone – the UK’s first outdoor, big screen games console, played via your mobile phone and A Wall is a Screen – the UK’s first mobile film night.

True Fictions: New Adventures in Folklore

Manchester Town Hall, Great Hall, Albert Square.European premiere / One performance only www.thelightsurgeons.co.ukavfolklore.blogspot.comUK-based art collective The Light Surgeons set out to explore the stories and myths surrounding Uncle Sam Wilson, bearded idol and personification of the United States of America. A sizzling multi-screen fusion of filmmaking, genre-hopping soundtracks, animation/motion graphics and digital video performance fuses with the stunning, neo-gothic splendour of the Great Hall. Thu 11 October, 9pm. Limited tickets available at £5 (£4 students/concs) from Cornerhouse Box Office on 0161 200 1500.

All Saint’s Gardens
Jury Hahn / UK premiere
MegaPhone is a means of using your mobile phone to participate in live, multi-player games for big screens in public spaces. Users call a local number and take control via keypad and voice activation, on any phone, across any network. MegaPhone arrives in Manchester hot from the MTV Screen in Times Square, New York. Be among the first in the UK to take part. Calls charged at standard mobile rates. Thu 11 Oct noon-2pm; Fri 12 Oct 1-3pm, 10pm-midnight; Sat 13 Oct 2-4pm and 9-10pm; Sun 14 Oct 3-5pm.

A Wall is a Screen
City centre
A UK premiere and promenade event for one night only. www.awallisascreen.comPart guided tour, part film night, A Wall is a Screen leads its audience through the streets of the city, stopping at previously unnoticed locations where films of different genres are projected. After each film, the equipment is loaded up onto a handcart and the group moves on to the next wall. Working with the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University, this event includes local footage that peels back the layers of inner-city history. Fri 12 Oct, 9-10.30pm. FREE. Start location: Outside Kro Piccadilly, Piccadilly Gardens.

2008: Man with a Movie Camera
All Saints Gardens
Perry Bard / The Bigger Picture 2007 Commission dziga.perrybard.netAn experiment in database cinema, this extraordinary piece of work takes Dziga Vertov’s 1929 masterpiece as its starting point, updating the film for 21st century audiences. You are invited to recreate and submit footage in this multi-director vision. New scenes will be broadcast alongside the originals. Updates will be continuous, the nature of the database infinite and the results not to be missed. Visit the website to view the original scenes and start uploading your own.

Screening times
The Bigger Picture launch, Fri 12 Oct, 8.30pm.Then: Thu 11 Oct 9-10am and 2-3pm; Fri 12 Oct 4-5pm; Sat 13 Oct noon-1pm; Sun 14 Oct noon-1pm

DIY Ballroom/Live
Cathedral Gardens
Susan Pui San Lok
The Bigger Picture 2007 Commission
Get ready to dance! Join in with a mass ballroom dance and see the results on the Big Screen. The participatory event is preceded by a screening of a new video work composed of found online footage, while the live event will stream ‘spontaneous’ analogue moves from the public realm back into the digital.

The Bigger Picture Launch
Fri 12 Oct, 8.30pm
All Saints’ Gardens (screening only)
Sat 13 Oct, 2-2.30pm and 3-3.30pm (screening and participatory events)

the air been broken
Cathedral Gardens
Chinese duo 8GG use digital techniques to create an intriguing audio-visual landscape, inspired by human anatomy and spontaneous movement. The public will be encouraged to participate via the giant screen, webcams, microphones and other sensors. The city transfixed in a pixellated grip. In association with folly, the Lancaster-based media arts organization and VELOCITY, Festival of Digital Culture. Sat 13 Oct, noon-12.30pm

Let’s Go Global
Internet TV Channel

All Saints’ Gardens
Manchester’s very own Old Trafford-based community web TV channel will pitch camp, showcasing locally produced digital content. This will include Paul Sermon of the University of Salford mapping All Saints’ Gardens within Second Life, allowing both online and real-life visitors the opportunity to interact. The history of the geographical site also comes under evaluation - look closely and you may even see a virtual Emmeline Pankhurst chained to the railings. Thu 11-6pm, Fri noon-6pm, Sat 1-6pm

Overnight installations
Each of the three screens will be showing overnight installations running from midnight to 7am on the Cathedral Gardens and Exchange Square screens and midnight to 6am on the All Saints’ screen. Perfect for insomniacs.

Short film, video art and animation programme
An intriguing showcase of the best and latest international video works curated for outdoor screens across the globe, brought together here to provide a stimulating city-wide programme for Manchester Urban Screens. The work is interspersed throughout the programme over the three screens, so there’s always something interesting to see.For full details of artists, origin, venues and showing times go to www.manchesterurbanscreens.org.uk

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