• Raumlaborberlin, Silly Scope
  • Raumlaborberlin, Silly Scope
  • Raumlaborberlin, Silly Scope
  • Raumlaborberlin, Silly Scope
  • Raumlaborberlin, Silly Scope
  • Raumlaborberlin, Silly Scope

In Silly Scope, Raumlaborberlin explored the British humour which is so closely identified with seaside towns. Silly Scope was a temporary structure combining some of the features of a pavilion, a kaleidoscope and a hall of mirrors, manifesting the Pythonesque mode of seeing the world askew.

Raumlaborberlin worked with local young people and market stall holders to film sketches based on the life and humour of John Cleese and Monty Python. In the same manner in which Monty Python’s Flying Circus combined animation, performative interruption and unexplained characters, Raumlaborberlin and the workshop participants worked together over ten days to remake anarchic versions of the sketches. The resulting films, Funny Foot Age, recreate some of the most famous Python sketches. SPAM! tells the story of those workshops in Weston Market, exploring what aspects of everyday Weston might have influenced John Cleese’s writing in later years.

Raumlaborberlin are a group of architects who combine experimental and participatory working methods with striking designs. They subvert our expectations of what architecture should do and be. Raumlaborberlin’s recent projects have been exhibited in the UK, Europe and America.

Silly Scope was commissioned as part of Wonders of Weston

Funders and supporters

Wonders of Weston was developed as part of the nationally acclaimed Sea Change programme (2008 – 2010), managed by Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE 1999 – 2011) on behalf of DCMS. Situations and Field Art Projects were selected by North Somerset Council to co-curate a series of commissions for the town. Sea Change was a capital grants programme over three years that grants awards to local authorities. Its aim was to use culture to make a difference to seaside resorts, contributing to sustainable, social and economic regeneration.

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