Private Project

Fragments For A City In Ruins

Echoing the visits to ancient ruins by the Eighteenth Century elite on their ‘Grand Tour’, Fragments For A City In Ruins imagines an unseen visitor from the future wandering the city of Athens; from the modern ruins of the deserted Olympic complex to the ruins in reverse of the Acropolis, and from the city’s port to the antipode of the ruin - the museum, with its rarefied atmosphere of suspended time. Unstable sites of temporal fluctuation, ruins provide a trope through which notions of history and empire can be excavated in relation to spatial politics.

What begins as a reflection on architecture and the aesthetics of ruins drifts into a meditation on time. As in a dream, the film merges different periods of time - from historical time and the epochs of civilizations to geological time; and from the aeons of cosmological time to the opportunity for transformation Benjamin believed was offered us by each fleeting second.

Weaving together fragments of text as it wanders through the city of Athens, the film invites reflection on the entwined histories of democracy and financialization, debt and dispossession, empire and ruins. As Sontag observes, “fragments can reveal aspects of the past that cannot be understood by greater monolithic constructs of historical understanding [...] by turning broken forms into pictures, we can begin to reconstruct an idea of wholeness.”

  • Eres Seer
  • Tom Betts
  • Eres Seer
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 16, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    Greece, India
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  • Student Project:
  • Made In Roath Festival
    United Kingdom
    October 16, 2016
  • Neoliberal Cities, University of East London
    United Kingdom
    October 28, 2016
  • Social Soups, Genoa Liguria Film Commission
    November 17, 2016
  • Cardiff Contemporary Festival
    United Kingdom
    November 6, 2016
  • Independent Political / Activism Short Film Festival Athens
    April 7, 2017
  • Truth//Lies, Blitz
    April 20, 2017
  • Embodied Cartographies
    United Kingdom
    May 26, 2017
  • Telling In Full
    United Kingdom
    July 6, 2017
  • Plymouth Contemporary
    United Kingdom
    July 15, 2017
  • Videoteca
    August 9, 2017
  • AM Egypt Film Festival
    August 28, 2017
  • Fourth World Congress of Psychogeography
    United Kingdom
    September 9, 2017
  • Beyond The Ruin, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
    November 23, 2017
Director Biography - Eres Seer

Eres Seer is a visual artist currently based in Cardiff, Wales. She graduated from Dartington College of Arts in 1995 with First Class Honours in Visual Performance, and from Cardiff School of Art & Design in 2001 with a Masters degree in Fine Art. Since then, Seer's work has been exhibited widely, nationally and internationally. She has undertaken a number of commissions and residencies: at Oriel Mostyn, the Welsh School of Architectural Glass, HANGAR Barcelona, and the BBC. Seer has received several awards and prizes, including the prestigious Leverhulme Trust Award. She is currently a recipient of a Creative Wales Award.

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Director Statement

A constellation of spatial themes has emerged over the course of my artistic practice, concerned with the politics and poetics of space, and memory and history in relation to place. As a politically-engaged artist, my work responds as much to contemporary global conditions and events as to the resonances of a specific place or site. Arising from this territory, and inextricably interwoven through it, are questions about the nature of time, reality and consciousness.