A slow boat in the East – Hackney to host The Floating Cinema

The Floating Cinema designed by Studio Weave for Portavilion 2011

An exciting and ambitious project is under way in East London, in time for the 2012 Olympics and Paraplegic Games as well as the cultural and entertainment activities leading up to and surrounding the events.

It will be developed by artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie (known collectively as Somewhere), and designed by Hackney based architects Studio Weave, to navigate the waterways of the five Olympic host boroughs during the summer 2011.  The floating structure will accommodate intimate on-board film screenings, larger outdoor film events and provide a base for film related activities led by Pope and Guthrie.

This commission is part of Portavilion 2011, and builds on the success of Portavilion 2008 and 2010; a series of temporary pavilions for London’s parks and public spaces that have brought high quality sculptures and cultural events to a broad public audience. For 2011, the project will focus on waterways that connect the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest, Hackney and Greenwich with the new Olympic Park.

Portavilion Curator, Emma Underhill said: “Portavilion is a mobile, expanding public art project and we are delighted to have the opportunity to develop the sixth commission in the series, this time for East London’s waterways, with Somewhere and Studio Weave.

“The canals and rivers provide a very tangible connection running through the five Olympic boroughs and into the Olympic Park itself, and offer a rich environment for The Floating Cinema to navigate”.

For more information: www.upprojects.com/portavilion

One Response to "A slow boat in the East – Hackney to host The Floating Cinema"

  1. swimmer  12/03/2011 at 4:47 am

    Para is Greek for alongside, hence … the Paralympic Games. Athletes with paraplegia and other spinal cord injuries that require them to compete as wheelchair users make up only a small section of the athletes that participate in the Paralympics. Amputee, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disability, Visually Impaired and Les Autres make up the other categories of athletes who are classified for the Paralympics.

    Don’t you wonder how accessible the Floating Cinema project will be for Paralympic athletes and other disabled visitors to the Olympic park?

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