A new free-standing ‘centipede’ cinema designed by an academic at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UK – will open this week in Guimarães, Portugal as part of celebrations for the 2012 European Capital of Culture. 

The centipede cinema conceived by Professor Colin Fournier in collaboration with artist Marysia Lewandowska, was commissioned by the 2012 European Capital of Culture as a ‘public intervention’ for the Portuguese city. The cinema, formally known as the ‘Open Cinema’, invites film-viewers to enter its canvas and cork structure via one of 16 nozzles so that their upper bodies are part of the cinematic experience whilst their legs are rooted in the outside world. The alien-like structure creates a stark contrast with the historical streets of Guimarães, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. This contrast is echoed in the playful juxtaposition of reality and the world of fiction. 

Born in 1968, Tim Eskild Jorgensen is a Danish artist, and a graduate of the prestigious (FAMU) Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Tim’s architectural landscapes have been published internationally, and his fine art work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions as well as several solo shows both in his native Denmark and abroad. Tim’s monograph “SitesISights” was published in 2007 and his fine art work is held in various private collections. Tim lives in Copenhagen where he teaches photography and pursues new projects.

In Guy Tillim’s  “Avenue Patrice Lumumba” the South African photographer examines modern African society against a backdrop of colonial and post-colonial architecture. Traveling through numerous African countries, including Mozambique, Angola and The Democratic Republic of Congo, Tillim captures a society in transition, stuck between modern aspirations and the political suppression and conflicting ideologies of the past.