Cultural Quarter

Cultural Quarter

Cultural Quarter is a film directed by Mike Stubbs and edited by Pernille Spence

The footage was supplied by Robert Page @ Schedule D Productions with music and audio by Dreams of Tall Buildings

Cultural Quarter presents the relationships of observation in the city to its citizens, whilst begging ethical questions about surveillance, the gaze and human behaviour. It exposes some of the gaps between developers’ dreams and citizens' perceptions of what cultural space means and how to use it.

The film casts a precise and pertinent eye on a daily urban reality in an unspecified British suburb. Presenting a fine balance between reality and its representation, the film's subtly edited movements shift its perspective back and forth between reportage and a form of social voyeurism. The work questions how ideas about "them and us", social coherence, family and community ethics are constructed.

Cultural Quarter has won several awards:

First Prize, 11th International Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw, 2005
No Budget Award, Hamburg International Short Film festival, 2004
Second Prize, International Competition, Videoex 2004 festival, Zurich
Tom Finkelpearl and Barbara London Prizes, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan, 2003.

Cultural Quarter was produced by FORMA

Cultural Quarter