HOW DO YOU TELL THE STORY OF A 32KM CIRCULAR OBJECT?

A10 is an observational documentary about the road that encircles Amsterdam. A visual exploration of its edges and boundaries, interwoven with the stories of the people who live work and recreate in its shadow.

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ABOUT

The A10 is a large infrastructural object cutting right through Amsterdam’s urban landscape. You are either inside or outside the A10, it is a circle of opposites, simultaneously divisive and connective, intangible yet physical, it is Amsterdam’s biggest urban element.

This essential thread in Amsterdam’s urban fabric is used daily by thousands of people to travel in, around and through the city, it remains however an intangible detached from the city that it is so intricately connected to. Its construction has influenced the development of Amsterdam and has resulted in a major division between the inner-city areas and the suburbs and along its edges it a diverse and problematic urban landscape has appeared known as the ‘ringzone’. The contasts that the A10 brings into focus forms the basis for this documentary project.

DIRECTOR – Daryl Mulvihill is an architect and documentary filmmaker based in Amsterdam. Daryl is the director of DMAU a studio for public space design and research. Filmmaking is integral to the way we capture and understand how our cities and places work. The film work focuses on stories about places and communities telling these stories with a strong emphasis on the visual characteristics of the place intertwined with personal character-driven portraits.

Daryl has directed a number of films that focus on urban issues. The Green Backyard (15 mins) is a portrait of a community garden in Peterborough, a participatory public space created from a wasteland by a crew of eager volunteers. Brixton Market looks at gentrification in one of London’s most dynamic neighbourhoods.

SOUNDTRACK – Darren McClure a sound artist living in Matsumoto, Japan. His music folds together electronics, drones and processed field recordings to create pieces of minimal, abstract ambience.

RESEARCH – René Boer and Céline Talens.

René Boer is as an independent urban and architectural researcher based in Amsterdam and is part of the research studio Failed Architecture He has been affiliated with various urban social movements and has taught at schools in Cairo and Amsterdam.

Céline Talens is a theatermaker and artist based in Amsterdam Celine is the narrator and guide in the A10 documentary.

SCREENINGS – Please get in contact if you would like to host a screening: daryl [@] dmau.com