Film Screening: Build Something Modern

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Friday 14 July 2023

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This film is part of our ‘Measurement, modernism and mystics’ screening programme, curated by film curator Alice Butler, who will introduce each film and moderate a post-screening discussion.


Screening of  Build Something Modern by Nicky Gogan and Paul Rowley. 

70 minutes (screening time for film)

Documentary about a group of Irish architects whose modernist designs for hospitals, schools and churches were commissioned by Catholic missionaries in Africa from the 1940s onwards, the film uncovers an important body of work often designed in Ireland but realized and mostly still extant abroad.

Punctuated by a selection of reworked archive material drawn from private and public records, and accompanied by an evocative soundtrack which establishes connections between memory and construction, the film is as much a study of the effect time has on the mind as on physical structures.

Following on from SEAVIEW, which examined the experience of asylum seekers living in the former Butlin’s holiday camp at Mosney, Nicky Gogan and Paul Rowley’s second film, BUILD SOMETHING MODERN, similarly uses a distinct visual language as a tool to build the documentary narrative. It is a meaningful portrait both of the lives of spaces as well as those of the people that create them.” – Alice Butler.

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