Pop-up Cinema, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, 2011

During building works on the campus, the OB1 LIVE team thought a moment to focus the School of Architecture could be achieved with a pop-up cinema. Located between the Buckley and Abercrombie Buildings the green space was occupied for an evening of entertainment on a shoestring budget using recycled materials and leftovers.

With all students in Year One involved in the design of its strategic parts – the screen, the shelter, lighting, seating and consumables – the evening was set to screen a selection of project films and features.Through the wind and the rain and technical difficulties we encountered almost every design problem imaginable.

As the wind and rain increased, it was time to end the show, the balloon screen was burst by its creators in a dramatic gesture! Those who braved the elements enjoyed an evening of experimental and memorable entertainment.

Colin Priest and Jane Anderson

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