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Train Pieces

Anna Thew
2001
8 mins colour/b/w 16 mm
triple screen

Train Pieces

From London King's Cross to Köln to Budapest, for every film and every film that wasn't, a train.

Overnight from Rome Termini to Messina, the train to Siracusa. Celestino is sleeping. From Dresden Hauptbahnhof to Berlin Zoo, "branches cut against the sky like paint strokes". Sounds, rhythms, machine landscape, smell of steel... I am obsessed by trains. On a train I am someone else. I am in another language. I am in the land of escape. Accompanied by that particular sound of steel reflected off sheet marble of thirties Roman buildings with the train approaching Roma Termini + a CD of Scanner, "aranciata, birra, coca... aranciata, birra, coca..." A.T.2001.

Cut for Rolling Stock, Artists' Railway Films at the Royal College of Art, "proposing the train as a form of cinema, and film as a means of transportation". A live projection + music event which includes films taken from three centuries and four continents, from the early 'phantom rides', to experimental films of the 50's and 70's and artists' multi-screen projections of recent years", programmed by Guy Sherwin and Chloë Stewart for Lux at the Royal College of Art, 2001.

multi-screen projections at the RCA documented by Illuminations on Beta SP.

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