David Reviews: The Bureaucracy of Angels

Commuters who typically bury their heads in newspapers and smartphones may wish to look up in King’s Cross St Pancras.

As part of Transport for London’s ‘Art on the Underground’ scheme, Pundersons Gardens directors Broomberg & Chanarin have shot a thought-provoking film inspired by the ongoing refugee crisis… narrated by a singing hydraulic crane.

 

17 October 2017

The Bureaucracy of Angels.

by Andrew MacGregor

 

 

 

Commuters who typically bury their heads in newspapers and smartphones may wish to look up in King’s Cross St Pancras.

As part of Transport for London’s ‘Art on the Underground’ scheme, Pundersons Gardens directors Broomberg & Chanarin have shot a thought-provoking film inspired by the ongoing refugee crisis… narrated by a singing hydraulic crane.

Displacement is a recurring theme in Broomberg & Chanarin’s work. Filming off the Libyan coast and in Sicily’s Port of Pozzallo, the duo capture the human and material cost of the ongoing crisis.

While refugees endure dire odds and freezing waters, doomed vessels await destruction in a Sicilian shipyard. Fittingly, the musical crane sings ‘Terra ca nun senti’ - a folk ballad about the dangers of seeking a better life.

The film plays near the St Pancras Eurostar terminus from September 28th to November 25th 2017. Got a spare twelve minutes before your next train? You know where to go.