In this series of short films, we take a journey from Jean Painlevé's famous study of Parisian urban pigeons to Anne Linke's recent film essay on anonymous pigeon feeding in Hamburg. We delve into knowledge and fantasies that surround urban pigeons and architecture built to counteract their resting in urban space: grids, wires and spikes. It will be a celebration of cross-species solidarity, a paean to the feathered architects among us and a short film tryptic that challenges our view of city's symbioses, life forms and life worlds.
'Pigeon' is the first chapter in the series of lecture & film events 'Anima Urbis', exploring the interplay between architecture, urbanisation, and so-called 'trash animals'. The program features a thoughtfully curated collection of short films and an introductory lecture by Anne Linke, the director of 'Pigeons and Architecture'.
Pigeons and Architecture / Anne Linke / 2020 / Germany / English / 11’
Pigeons of the Square / Jean Painlevé / 1982 / France / French with English subtitles / 26’
Man with Pigeons / Lina Mannheimer / 2021 / Sweden / English / 15’
'Anima Urbis' Film Program:
(EN) This film program explores how human-animal relations can breathe new life into the analysis of the city, encompassing a range of themes including homelessness, zoos, colonialism, sanitation, nationalism, racial identity formation, and urban human-wildlife interactions.
(DA) Dette filmprogram undersøger, hvordan mennesker og dyrs relationer kan skabe en anderledes tilgang til vores forståelse af byen på tværs af et bredt spektrum af temaer såsom hjemløshed, zoologiske haver, kolonialisme, hygiejne, nationalisme, racemæssig identitetsdannelse og interaktion mellem mennesker og dyr i byen.