27 November – Manufactured Landscapes

Manchester Film Co-op would like to invite you to an event held over two evenings in conjunction with Platform and Virtual Migrants.

Tuesday 27th November – Film Screening of Manufactured Landscapes

Jennifer Baichwal’s eye-opening documentary follows Ed Burtynsky’s photographic journey through the epic industrial landscapes of China & beyond, exploring “the aesthetic, social and spiritual dimensions of industrialisation and globalisation.” Burtynsky’s own phrase, Manufactured Landscapes parallels the 2003 internationally-acclaimed book of the same name, a retrospective of his unsparing examination of how 200 years of industrialisation has reshaped our natural world on an epic scale. His intention is to capture on camera our moment in the great ages of man; from stone to oil to silicon. To render the invisible visible he captures subjects that are rich in detail and vast in scale. “Recycling yards, quarries and refineries are all places that are outside of our normal experience, yet we partake of their output on a daily basis.”

Whereas Burtynsky’s photographs reveal human beings dwarfed by the massive industrialised landscapes that surround them, Baichwal records the sound and motion of workers subjected to the repetitive strain and monotony of assembling small components within huge manufacturing processes, unveiling the interconnectedness of tiny, medium-sized, large and global. Images of imported post-consumer waste only serve to remind the Western consumer that it is our lifestyle that is fuelling this Chinese “economic miracle”.


Time: Doors open at 7:30pm. Screening begins at 8:00pm.

Admission: £3 waged, £2 unwaged/student.

Location: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester.

Poster: PDF Download

Facebook Event: click here.



Wednesday 28th November at 6-8pm: Book launch of ‘The Oil Road’

The following evening at the same venue, Virtual Migrants present the latest of their ‘Passenger’ events using live music and spoken word, plus a panel discussion in response to Platform’s new book, The Oil Road. This panel discussion will explore the themes of the book and ask, “How does the sanitisation of difficult, violent processes and imperialist histories inform the fight for climate justice today?”

More information on this second event is available at: http://crudekillings.eventbrite.co.uk

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