A time-travelling voyage through one city, assembled from hundreds of movie clips and inspired by the wanderings of Walter Benjamin.
A patchwork of over 300 features either filmed or set in London, Citation City combines multiple narratives to create the story of one city in a period of enormous change. Pieced together by audiovisual artist Vicki Bennett (aka People Like Us), this beguiling, labyrinthine work takes its cue from Benjamin’s Arcades Project, an ambitious attempt to map out Paris in fragments which was cut short by the author’s death in 1940.
Before the performance Esther Leslie, Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck and translator of Benjamin’s Archive, will talk about cities, montage, radio and noise.
See also: that morning at 11am, explore Birmingham’s arcades and get a Benjamin primmer from Esther Leslie.