Another way to create a place are the mental constructions we do in order to connect with space, unlike official grand narratives. Laura Kraning tells a local legend about "Devil's Gate" connected with Jack Parson and Aleister Crowley, which may be connected with experiences of this place in the periphery of Los Angeles. Michael Poetschko's film Notebooks on Dislocation on the other hand, shows his ways of connecting thoughts with places, and thus his film, instead of being a lament on loss, is a stream of place-related memos. A coherent narrative seems not to be missing, instead it would be inadequate.
Other films provide even more fragmented stories, like Alexander Isaenko, whose images "Wash by Fire" are underlaid by obscure imperatives. Gong Wenbo confronts us with our imagination, what is behind the metal fence in "Le Blue" - the blue city? Kristin Lucas and Claudia Larcher go a step further and present us pure constructions of space, though with a humane twist. Two other filmmakers are concerned with current changing urban environments, Sandra Becker01 "gentrification" and Karl F. Stewart "San Francisco. The unearthly beauty of simulated nature in contemporary architecture".
Mixing experimental fiction, documentary and imaginary spatial representations, this is possibly the most experimental film program of this year's Urban Research. It may also question the common idea of coherent narratives being fundamental for place-making.