Public Art > Guerilla Cinema Presents

Installation of grass turf, projector, posters, and archival film footage in an abandoned diner space
Cumbernauld Town Centre, Scotland

The setting for Guerilla Cinema Presents: Cumbernauld Re-Hit is an empty diner in the waning town center of the New Town of Cumbernauld, Scotland. Cumbernauld is the most clear example of a radical, Modernist new town vision in the UK. The intended core of Cumbernauld is the Town Centre buildings, all of which is essentially contained within one structure. It is segmented into "phases" as a commerce centre, an entertainment and business venue and a luxury accommodation site. The massive structure is widely accepted as Britain's first shopping centre and is the world's first multi-level covered town centre. Forty years after the vision was realized, the town finds itself struggling with lost potential.

In the cinema-less town centre, an empty diner becomes an outdoor cinema for a single day during the exhibition Cumbernauld Hit, screening a mid-1970s James Bond style take on the dry promotional films produced for Scotland’s new towns during that era. The "outdoor" cinema can only be viewed through a single street front window, emphasizing the inaccessibility and nostalgia of past utopian visions.