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The event date and time is allocated to: 31.01.23, 15:00–19:00
The event title is: FASE23: Bridge of the World, Heart of the Universe (B.O.W!)

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FASE23 welcomes you to ‘Bridge of The World, Heart of the Universe’: a mixed media, moving-image, migration showcase inspired by activist-led and community-based art forms,  celebrating individual cultures whilst also being a space for connection (rather than assimilation). Taking place in one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, amidst the current harsh anti-immigrant policies encroaching on many governments, ‘Bridge of the World Heart of the Universe’ will be hosted at UAL’s London College of Communication, in the heart of London. 

On January 31st at 3pm, guests will be welcomed into Lecture Theatre C and the Lower Gallery space at LCC; where the event will unfold as a screening but also as an art installation showcasing different artworks from different UAL students and emerging young artists. Upon their entrance, guests will also be handed out the event zine, featuring written work and stills about migration stories and identity from UAL students. The zine will also include the programme of the event and some useful information about charities, organisations, and societies supporting migrants in Britain.
The event will also include a zine-making workshop, which will be an opportunity for attendees to showcase their personal cultural identity through their creativity, and a small world street food market, which will allow guests to mingle, chat, and network while enjoying various foods from around the world prepared by us. The goal of the workshop will be for guests to reflect on their own self-expression and experience with migration, while the food market will be a fun social to end the event.  


The screening part of ‘Bridge of the World Heart of the Universe’ also includes a screening of four short films and the premiere of our own short poetry film. 

The films we programmed cover topics of identity and culture through different genres and voices. They are:

Don’t Look At The Finger (2017) Dir. Hetain Patel

The film follows a ceremonial ‘fight’ between a man and a woman in the grand architectural setting of a church. The way the characters communicate is a feat of choreography that combines Kung Fu with signed language to express a ritualistic coming together.

What’s in A Name (2020) Dir. Runyararo Mapfumo

A handful of Brits explore the challenges they’ve encountered with their non-Western names.

The Foreigners (2020) Dir. Lori Yang

Four international students with East Asian backgrounds try to figure out their identity.

as british as a watermelon (2021) Dir. Mandla Rae

Through the exploration of the director’s fragmented LGBTQ asylum and childhood migration memories, this film asks powerful questions about belonging, trauma and forgiveness.

Our short poetry film will follow themes of cultural expression within the migrant experience. Created by the main curatorial collective behind B.O.W!, our film will be composed of excerpts from different poems and short stories hailing from each of the collective’s individual cultures.

Moving image submissions such as short films, documentaries, music, and fashion videos from UAL students and young artists across UAL will also be screened, following the films cited above.

After the screening, attendees will be welcomed to a little world food street market, with small plates coming from several different countries, and accepting donations for different charities supporting migrants in the UK. This will be a time for guests to mingle, interact, and network with one another while enjoying some food, drinks, and music.

All in all, our event aims at offering a space for people to explore and celebrate different migration stories and cultures; in a safe, celebratory, and creative environment.

Event Programme

Event name: ‘Bridge of the World, Heart of the Universe’ (‘B.O.W!’)

Event location: London College of Communication, Lecture Theatre C and Lower Gallery

Event date and time: January 31st, 2:30pm-8pm

Event programme and audience journey: 

– 2:30-3pm: the audience is welcomed into the venue and checked in by the front of house staff. Upon their entrance, the attendees will be given wristbands that will grant them access to all the event’s spaces and activities;

– 3pm: the audience is directed toward the exhibition space (Lower Gallery), where the installations and the screening space are set up;

– 3:45pm: the zine-making workshop with Fiona Quadri starts. Attendees are invited to join but, in case they prefer to keep looking at the exhibition space, this will still be open until the end of the workshop;

– 5:15pm: the workshop ends and the audience is welcomed into the screening space (Lecture Theatre C) to view four films selected and programmed by our group, together with our short poetry film and a selection of submissions from UAL students:

Don’t Look At The Finger (2017) Dir. Hetain Patel
What’s in A Name (2020) Dir. Runyararo Mapfumo
The Foreigners (2020) Dir. Lori Yang
As British as a Watermelon (2021) Dir. Mandla Rae

– 6:30-45pm: the screenings end and the audience is welcomed into the world food street market area, where they will be able to enjoy a variety of snacks and drinks, while chatting, networking, and getting to know each other;

– 8pm: the event ends and the audience is invited to leave the building.


Venue is wheelchair accessible and all films will be captioned

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