The video program screens Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 to 6:00 and includes:
Housing Preservation Public Service Announcements
C-Hundred Film Corporation (5 minutes, 1990)
This is a History of New York (The Golden Dark Age of Reason)
Jem Cohen (23 minutes, 1988)
Excerpts from videotapes by RENEW, a Williamsburg community planning and activist group, by Peter Gillespie, Hank Lindhardt, and Jon Rubin.
Christine Noschese (49 minutes, 1985)
The Survival of Small City
Nancy Salzer and Pablo Frasconi (55 minutes, 1987)
The March of Time
Jason Simon (15 minutes, 1985)
Michael Penland (57 minutes, 1990)
The Squatter's Blues
Marcia Wilson (4 minutes, 1990)
Urban Space/The City as Place spans genres to include documentary films and videotapes, activist video interventions and visionary representations of the city. Documentaries featured in Urban Space include: Nancy Salzer and Pablo Frasconi's Survival of a Small City, which examines a once thriving New England town before and after "revitalization"; Christine Noschese's Metropolitan Avenue documents the struggles of a community of women who organize and respond to cutbacks and racial tension that threaten their community and Michael Fenland's American Dreaming reports the devastating effects of the Atlantic City casino industry on the surrounding neighborhoods.
Activists interventions in the program include the work of Marcia Wilson, RENEW (Peter Gillespie, Hank Lindhardt and Jon Rubin) and the C-Hundred Film Corporation. Wilson's Squatter's Blues uses an 8mm camcorder to produce an intimate document of the demise of a squat on 8th Street in New York City and suggests the activist potential of video intervention. Peter Gillespie, Hank Lindhardt and Jon Rubin document the work of RENEW, a Williamsburg's community-based planning group that develops strategies for coping with commercial and private threats to the neighborhood. The C-Hundred Film Corporation's Housing Preservation PSAs are innovative broadcast interventions advocating on behalf of improved urban housing and planning.
Experimental reflections on the urban environment include Jem Cohen's This is a History of New York, which suggests the arcane beauty of the city through architectural details and the movements of people through the metropolis and Jason Simon's The March of Time, which reflects on the urban environment in a minimalist contemplation of Times Square on the eve of the area's proposed redevelopment.
Urban Space/The City as Place will be accompanied by a publication featuring an essay by program organizer Molly Hankwitz.