Mirage City Cinema

Night ariel view of Mirage City Cinema.

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Mirage City Cinema

Maryse Gargour, Encounter with a Lost Land, 2013
Screening in Mirage Cinema as part of Sharjah Biennial 12 Film Programme.

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Mirage City Cinema

Souls' Landscapes: Violence, magical superstructures & invisible guardians, 2015

Uriel Barthélémi, Entissar Al Hamdany and Fabrice Taraud performing in Mirage City Cinema as part of Sharjah Biennial 12.

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Mirage City Cinema

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Overview

Mirage City Cinema interweaves elements of Sharjah’s historical fabric with filmic scenarios to create an ethereal courtyard cinema experience. Inspiration is drawn from the historical traditions of Sharjah.

Floor carpets, which were traditionally used for sleeping and relaxing, are scattered around the courtyard; this draws upon the common practice of using carpets to sleep on rooftops – a tradition now largely defunct due to the prevalence of air-conditioning units occupying roof space.

Coral, which was formerly mixed with mud plaster to build the outer walls of houses and whose use as construction material is now forbidden, is recycled from decaying walls and used for the ground of the cinema space.

The fragmented shape of the cinematic space, and the choreography of projection and sound from different directions create a sense of disorientation and surrealism. The idea of sleep, dream and memory is central to the project.

In the words of Apichatpong Weerasethakul: ‘Mirage City Cinema reflects the idea of a place where a cinema of illusion arises and flourishes. A place of ghosts. I was interested in the moment when we free our minds and bodies of preconceived ideas, and allow ourselves to be possessed.’

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