Walter Benjamin's flâneur investigated the origins of modernity and its roots in the past, together with the effects of industrialisation on contemporary urban life's labyrinthine and ever-shifting experiences. A reflection of the writer/artist/filmmaker who sees, thinks and operates inside and outside the boundaries of society, who draws the private spaces of subjectivity into the public spaces of everyday life, and vice-versa. But with the control, development and the homogenisation of urban life, where urban memory is all but obliterated, where mapping is digitalised and available at the touch of a finger, does the flâneur have anywhere to go?
Adam Kossoff will be presenting his recent work in discussion with Owen Hatherley, this will include his Benjamin trilogy, Not Our Darkness (2009), Moscow Diary (2011), Made in Wolverhampton (2012), and his just completed film on East End anarchist Rudolf Rocker, The Anarchist Rabbi (2014, narrated by Steven Berkoff).
Owen Hatherley is the author of A New Kind of Bleak: Journeys Through Urban Britain (2013), A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain (2011), Militant Modernism (2009) and Uncommon (2011) about the pop group Pulp.
Adam Kossoff is an artist, filmmaker and writer. His moving image work addresses and questions the relationship of the moving image to different spatial and technological contexts. He has recently shown his work at Smiths Row, Globians Doc Fest (Berlin, Halle and Lubeck), Moscow Museum of Modern Art, London International Documentary Festival, Open City Documentary Festival, London (Shortlisted for Time Out Best City Film), and Fid Marseille (with Jean Luc-Godard).
Q&A with filmmaker Adam Kossoff hosted by Owen Hatherley.