Talent Showcase 2010
  • Scheme: FLAMIN Productions
  • People: Phil Coy
  • Duration: 42'

Façade Video

Film Information

  • Year of commission: 2010
  • Year of release: 2010
  • Shooting format: HD video, 5.1 surround sound


  • Artist: Phil Coy

Façade re-transmits some of the flawed utopias and polarised theories suggested by Sergei Eisenstein's unmade film 'The Glass House' into a fantastical vision of contemporary glass architecture far removed from its egalitarian origins. Shot in a green screen television studio the action takes place in the non-spaces it describes conflating archive footage of plate glass manufacture with architectural 'walkthroughs' of never-to-be-built glass buildings. Narrated by TV news anchor Julia Somerville Façade casts 'glass' as a transparent subject rendered slowly opaque by the language it engenders.

Working with a production film crew and architectural visualisation specialists Miller Hare, Façade's production process implements the tools and hierarchical systems associated with corporate media production in order to reveal the constituent parts of that system.

Producer - Emily Dixon
Camera - Jamie Cairne
Editor - Herbert Hunger
Sound Design - Chu-li Shewring
Special Effects - Miller Hare

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