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Over the last four decades the Argentinean railway network has slowly fallen into ruin, leaving many rural communities disconnected and struggling for survival.

The crumbling town of Mechita - once home to the largest railway workshop in South America - finds itself hollowed out; its citizens having long since migrated away towards the urban areas have left behind the carcasses of thousands of disused trains.

Yet there is a still hope. A new ‘De-Colonial Line’ emerges from these ashes; a line that will awaken the spirit of the trains once more. Wearing ‘architectural masks’ given to them by the remaining community, the train carriages house new mutating programmes such as micro-banks, Pulperia, football pitches, protest walls and carnival floats.

The trains act nomadically - not knowing when they will leave or return, bringing with them a dynamic exchange of civil disobedience as well as cultural, economic, social events according to the needs of rural population. New lifeblood.

  • Lee C Kelemen
  • Lee C Kelemen
  • Lee C Kelemen
  • Lee C Kelemen
    Key Cast
  • Celestial Brizuela
    Key Cast
    "Mask Maker"
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Magic Realism, Decolonial, Architecture, Stop motion
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 20, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, SLR,
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  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Lee C Kelemen

Recently finished my Masters in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, I grew up in 5 countries and experienced a hybrid of cultures that has been re-defining my identity. This experience of movement has infiltrated in the process of my work and has led me to look at nomadic cultures and ideas of displacement.

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Director Statement

My work uses stop motion animation, physical modelling and drawing as techniques to generate architectural propositions, harnessing the potential of time-based media in the production of space. My interest is in questioning the nature of what architecture is. Why should buildings be static and tied down to certain locations and contexts. Could it not move, mutate, metamorphose play with social engagement and the possibility of transformation