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The Theory of Concentric Spheres

Join London based project space South Kiosk at Resonate 2018 for The Theory of Concentric Spheres, a journey into hollow earth – a place of ‘giants, Germans and just a little sun’.

A belief in spirits and souls wandering within a hollow earth beneath our feet have existed ever since man first sought faith in celestial beings. Pre-eminent thinkers of their time, including Edmund Halley (Halley’s Comet) reasoned that the earth was made up of a series of concentric spheres within which a sun and life could be sustained; a lush paradise on the flip side of the earth able to nourish humans up too 15ft tall. No sooner had scientists speculated on the existence of a hollow earth did explorers begin to plot its discovery with theories developing of entry points in both the North and South Pole.

South Kiosk explores a journey to the centre of hollow earth through a series of four screening programmes.

Films in The Brink explore aspects of our technologically driven lives on the surface, machine ways of seeing the world that may enable or provide the motivation for us to escape and explore new worlds for human habitation. Films range from James Bridle’s questioning of autonomous driving systems to Joey Holder’s look at the perpetuation of myths on the internet.

The films in Wide Open Poles descend into hollow earth, an exploration of the geological through minerals and their relationship to technological infrastructures. Films include Abigail Reynold’s exploration of the vestiges of industry on the UK’s Cornish coastline to Emma Charles’ investigation of the Pionen Data Center constructed from a decommissioned nuclear bunker within the bedrock of Stockholm’s White Mountain district (scripted by Jussi Parikka).

The Habitable Within explores a search for personal utopias, from Ben Rivers docu-fiction film of the failed development of Biosphere 2 in the 1990’s, (an experiment that aimed to mimic our planet’s life systems in a prototype for future colonies on Mars) to Naheed Raza’s look at those chasing eternal life through cryogenics.

As Observed from Above pulls out from hollow earth to observe the world from the sky. Hito Steyerl’s In Free Fall traces networks of global capitalism through the extraordinary journey of an airplane from the centre of an international hostage incident to being blown up in a Hollywood movie. BIT plane traces an aerial reconnaissance of no-camera zones set up in Silicon Valley in the 1990’s. 


SPHERE 1 – The Brink

Joey Holder: Selachimorpha
James Bridle: Gradient Ascent
Alan Warburton : Psychometrics
Myles Painter : Desktop Drama
Tom Kobialka: Pearl Diving for Worms

SPHERE 2 – Wide Open Poles

Emma Charles : White Mountain
Dana Giurescu: Should I or Shouldn’t I
Abigail Reynolds : The Mothers Bones
Maeve Brennan: Jerusalem Pink 

SPHERE 3 – The Habbitable Within

Ben Rivers : Urth
Naheed Raza : Frozen in Time


SPHERE 4 – As Observed From Above

Hito Steyerl : In Free Fall
Bureau of Inverse Technology : BIT Plane

Spheres 1 & 2 screening Wed and Fri

Spheres 3 & 4 screening Thu and Sat

2 – 4pm
Room 2