Conceived as a collection of “extraordinary cargoes” placed atop a traditional-style, industrial canal barge, the UK’s UP Projects has developed a floating cinema designed by Duggan Morris Architects.
The Duggan Morris Architects design was selected through an international open competition. Recently launched following a nine-month development phase, the brand new boat was built by a specialist team at Turks Boatyard in Chatham, Kent. “The Floating Cinema is an extraordinary floating structure, a mobile sculpture that will navigate London canals.” says UP Projects. “With a strong emphasis on film and a mobile cinema concept, the Floating Cinema is breaking new ground.” A high end audio visual system has been developed by The Useful Arts Organisation specifically for the Floating Cinema which will include facilities to broadcast events live from the boat via the Floating Cinema website. With environmental sustainability in mind, a unique hybrid engine system has been integrated, to provide boat propulsion and power for the A/V kit which will run on Biofuel.
And with help from film-maker artist duo, Somewhere (Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie), UP Projects has devised a varied and vibrant programme of activities for the Floating Cinema 2013 under a theme of “Extra-Ordinary”. The 10 week programme of more than 20 free and ticketed events encapsulates on-board screenings, large scale outdoor films for bank-side audiences, quirky canal tours, talks and workshops.