Transit, Emily Richardson

Smithfield, London.
June 2006.

A collaboration between filmmaker Emliy Richardson and author and poet Iain Sinclair, the film Transit journeys through the East End quietly observing the shifting architectural and social landscape.

Underneath Smithfield Market, at a juncture where the past encroaches upon the modern world, a two storey car park occupying a former underground meat depot is transformed into a three screen projection space incorporating the only remaining row of the original high arched vaults. Iain Sinclair provided pieces of a labyrinthine narrative through the soundtrack from which the viewer can navigate these landscapes in transition.

The show was accompanied by a new short story by Barry Sutton and an exhibition about the history of the Smithfield Market and the area.

Transit was commissioned by Measure and was featured as part of the 2006 London Architecture Biennale and Architecture Week.

With special thanks to Iain Sinclair.