"URBAN FANTASY" is conceived as a spatial plot aiming to explore the spatial dimension of psychoanalytic speech in everydaylife. It highlights the process of real positioning in urban space as a critique against the scenariocentric or visual mastering in film/video making. As opposed to the narrative structure of the "moving" image and "travelling" camera, the piece is articulated as a sequence of static images cancelling out the differences between private-public, inside-outside, close-distant, anterior-posterior… It shows the spatial persistence of events, by focusing on acts of spatial intimacy and commitment as witnessed in the paradoxical domestication of public space in everyday life. Sound and image compositions are reintroduced as spatial statements, as causes rather than effects. The piece highlights the dialectic of the person/citizen as a critique of the notion of the individual/flâneur; the former is a space-proposing discourse registering with fulfillment and accomplished positions, whereas the latter is a space-cosuming one, always being in a state of unfulfilment, thus applying scenarios which idealize and disable space.
This work belongs to a series of short computer animation pieces ("Open Air Cinema"#1 and #2 1996, "The Postcard"1999, "Urban Fantasy" 2003) in which Anamorphosis extends the spatial dialectic, as a proper directing technique, to the domain of the moving image. A still from the movie originally appears as a visual introduction of Andrew Samuel’s text ‘Citizens as Therapists’ and Andreas Empiricos’ prose "In the street of the Philhellenes", published in Tracing Architecture, AD/Architectural Design magazine, guest edited by Nikos Georgiadis, London March 1998, p.26.

computer animation piece

a still from the movie originally appears as a visual introduction of Andrew Samuel's text "Citizens as Therapists" and Andreas Empirikos' prose "In the Street of the Philhellenes" published in "Tracing Architecture", Architectural Design Magazine, AD vol.68, March 1998 guest edited by Nikos Georgiadis

monologue taken from Andrew Samuel's text "Citizens as Therapists"

based on Nikos Georgiadis' theory of space:
a symptomatic reading of Lakanian psychoanalysis

design and direction:

Katerina Margetis

film editing - post production:


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