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An image of the inside of the Barbican


ACMI, and Open House Melbourne present Barbicania in partnership with Assemble Papers and supported by DADo


Unclassified 15+

26 Jul

Conceived as a series of diaristic vignettes, Barbicania invites you to discover the personalities and architectural landscapes that make London’s Barbican so special, from the top floors of the towers to the underground levels of the art centre.

Tickets: $16 - $20. Member discounts available.
  • On the specific request of the Art Gallery of the Barbican Centre, filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, internationally known for their unique take on architecture, have settled for a month in the heart of one of the most impor­tant European art centres and triumphant achievements of Brutalist architecture. Their film, built as a personal diary, recounts on a daily basis the directors’ experiences during their urban trip from the top to the underground. Through an impressive gallery of portraits, the film draws an intimate human map of the place, breathing life into this harsh district and questioning the durability of this utopia from the 1950s.

    "Stunning. An intimate, absorbing film.” The Clerkenwell Post

    "Louise and Ila animate the fortress and turn the darkest building of London into a series of colourful short stories.” A.Mammì, Dago Art

    Following the screening is a Q&A:

    A panel discussion exploring Brutalism, the Barbican, and vertical living from a local perspective will follow the film screening. An exciting line-up of speakers has just been announced – Clare Cousins (Clare Cousins Architects), Mark Raggatt (Ashton Raggatt McDougall), Louise Mackenzie (Cinecity) will share their varied perspectives on the Barbican as a symbol of that most ‘concrete’ of architectural eras.

    World premiere at Barbican Centre in London
    Opening film at Copenhagen Architecture Fe­stival
    Official selection at Budapest Architecture Film Festival