subota, 22. rujna 2012.

Kibwe Tavares - Robots of Brixton

Film o radničkoj klasi.
Roboti su (novi) radnici ergo radnici su (stari) roboti.

Robots of Brixton

In Kibwe Tavares‘ 2011 sci-fi short Robots of Brixton, a futuristic workforce of mechanized laborers become subject to parallels in human history. Animation done by Factory Fifteen. Official synopsis as follows:
“Brixton has degenerated into a disregarded area inhabited by London’s new robot workforce – robots built and designed to carry out all of the tasks which humans are no longer inclined to do. The mechanical population of Brixton has rocketed, resulting in unplanned, cheap and quick additions to the skyline.
The film follows the trials and tribulations of young robots surviving at the sharp end of inner city life, living the predictable existence of a populous hemmed in by poverty, disillusionment and mass unemployment. When the Police invade the one space which the robots can call their own, the fierce and strained relationship between the two sides explodes into an outbreak of violence echoing that of 1981.”
The full ~6 minutes stream can be found embedded down below for your viewing pleasure:

Tavaresov blog:

March Presentation

On Monday we had our penultimate crit, it was a good day the critics where tough but on point. Here are some of the images that I presented, some are images I reworked and added more depth to from earlier in the project. Others are adapted photographs of the riots from social photographer David Hoffman as well as some concept images that will help me design my final shot of the film.

The animation is coming on and will be complete "Hopefully" In 8 Short weeks! Yikes

Riot Concept Images

riot concept 03

riot concept 01

Re-Worked Riot Photo's


tiot concept

Re-Worked Scenes


Electric Avenue

Robot Cathedral

For one of the sequences in my film the robots enter their virtual world. these are some concepts of what the space could be. As this space is not a real physical space i wanted the Aesthetic to be entirely different from the real world. I chose a cathedral because with any culture, religion or race churches/Temples/cathedrals are often the most elaborate intense and interesting spaces.
More specifically I chose a gothic looking church because the structures are highly optimised, and as the space would be defined by the of the robots, who I'm assuming calculations are all made on maths and logic their designs would be based on optimised formula and fractal iterative geometries. the link with nature came from the idea that much of nature e.g. trees/coral have highly optimised structures and i wanted to move away from the urbane grit i had created,although everything i make ends ups being a bit gritty!!!
There is still quite a bit to do on these, my main worry is this are may distract from the original premise of the film...! we will see

Robot Cathedral Concept 1

Robot Cathedral Concept 02

Robot Cathedral Concept 03

Robot Cathedral Concept 04

More Interior Ideas

These are a series of conceptual renderings to test what the atmosphere of the robot 'Pub' could be like. The street entrance to the space is small and confined,as you progress into the space the volume dramtically increases reavealing something resembling a run down robot 'pub' probably a weatherspoons,

Section Of Internal Space

Interior Concept Render 03

Interior Concept Render 04

And a work in progress, a collage looking at what the town hall could be like as a big picaddily circus/time square robot advertising space.

**Work in Progress - Lambeth Town Hall**

Interior Scene Tests

Interior Tests

Some renders of one of the internal scenes from the animation.

Thesis Update

**an update on where I am with my thesis project, this is an outline to try and help me refine and focus my project**

Matter Out of Place - Outline
What did it mean to be Black British in the late 70’s to early 80’s compared to present day? Did the Brixton riots (1981) impact the integration of Afro-Caribbean’s into British culture and society? Was it a key part of the birth of ‘Multiculturalism’ in Britain? Does ‘Multiculturalism’ lead to a loss of identity?
As certain cultural groups (defined by race, religion or class) become ingrained into a society, (In this case the change from being ‘Black in Britain’ to being ‘Black British’) they acquire a value in that system. Different races will be more positively valued in a system than other races and anything that is ascribed to undervalued race normally prescribed to valued races causes great tensions in a society.
Brixton Riots, Enoch Powell, The National Front, The BNP, Rivers of Blood, A wind of change, ‘Skinhead Moonstomping ‘, ‘Paki-Bashing’ are all results of the great tensions. I see this problem as cyclical. New waves of different cultures move to the UK they often are often greeted with hostilities even from races who received the same hostility when they immigrated.
My aim is to understand the necessity of classification of race and class, its positive and negative effects. I will use my background (Afro-Caribbean) as a focus for my research. Looking at how different generations affected, and have been affected by their environment specifically looking at Brixton, in the early 80’s compared to now.
Another more personal aim of the project is to understand what is meant by multiculturalism and how that has changed in my life time. I am interested in the effects of breaking stereotypes and the associated feelings of isolation, liberation and questions of identity.
I will engage with a mixed type of evidence to form my research. Paul Gilroy and Stuart hall will provide a theoretical back bone in the form of published literature. Films such as Karl Howman’s ‘Babylon’ offer an immersive and more perhaps more accessible depiction of everyday life. While Don Letts will ‘provide the soundtrack’.
This is a personal piece of work, it is an opportunity for me to explore my relationship with race and architecture, key historical events that have changed my life and what it means to be Black British.
The essay will be broken up into a series of shorter essays

Classification Race, Class & Agency. The theory behind classifications

Black BritainBrief History of the immigration from the ‘West Indies’

Guns of Brixton
Analysis of everyday life in Brixton for Black Britons in the build up to the riots. Looking at unemployment, crime, subcultures and the films music that define the times.

I Predict a RiotAnalysis of footage and a set of photos taken during the riots.
The Rise Of Multiculturalism in the UKThe definition of multiculturalism, If and how the Brixton riots accelerated multiculturalism in London and the UK.
Black Britain todayA comparison of everyday life in Brixton for Black Britons in present day. Looking at unemployment, crime, subcultures and the films music that define the times.
IdentityHave these specific events lead to a change into the identity of Black Britons today, and what are the identity issues that middle-class black people struggle with.

Paul Gilroy – Aint no Black in the Union Jack, 'Two Tone Britain, Black Youth,White Youth and the cultural politics of anti-racist sensibility'
Stuart Hall – The Floating Signifier (Lecture), Formations of Modernity, Essays in Cultural studies 1970’s -80’s
Lesly lokko – White Papers, Black Marks
Peter Marcuse - Right to the city, The layered city

New Film & Some Portfolio Pages


main character 01




Production Stills

Two production stills i have been working on the last couple of days. Both scenes are ready to render.. but without making the scenes too noisy they take a while per frame which is annoying. hopefully by the crit next week i will have a good selection of shots to put together.

Outside Robocuts.. the robot barber

On the bus overlooking the new Southwyck house.
From Bus02

Final Crit - May

Here is the work and the animation from my final crit. The images will be published in the Unit 15 book. This is close to the final version of the animation, i have a few scenes i want to tweak and maybe a scene to add at the end for the summer show in June.....

May final Crit from Kibwe Tavares on Vimeo.

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