Brixton has degenerated into a harsh ghetto inhabited by robots built and designed to carry out all of the tasks which humans are no longer inclined to do in Kibwe Tavares’ RIBA Silver medal winning film of a dystopian future London.
Congratulations to Kibwe Tavares, who this week won the RIBA Silver President’s medal for his spectacular film, Robots of Brixton, which fiercely confronts cyclical class struggle against authoritarian policing within an extrapolated Brixton of future London. The film’s aesthetic is potent and detailed heavily referencing the infamous Southwyck House, aka the Brixton Barrier Block.
The film follows the trials and tribulations of young robots surviving at the sharp end of inner city life, living the predictable existence of a populous hemmed in by poverty, disillusionment and mass unemployment. When the Police invade the one space which the robots can call their own, the fierce and strained relationship between the two sides explodes into an outbreak of violence echoing that which swept through South London in the 1980s.
Kibwe Tavares - Direction, animation, modeling, lighting, texturingetc…
David Hoffman - Photographer Brixton riots archive.hoffmanphotos.com/
Mourad Bennacer - Sound Designer designsonore.tumblr.com/
DJ Hiatus - “The Great Insurrection” hiatusmusic.net
More of Kibwe’s projects can be found at www.factoryfifteen.com