Everything started when a group of cinema and photography students got together with the same wish: to produce a film about abandoned industrial architecture. Months followed, the team evolved and the project too. From an experimental student film, UzinesS developed and honed itself into a trilogy made up of a 60 minute film, a series of silver halide black and white photographs and a book to connect the images and text. Three variations of the same subject, handled according to the different sensibilities involved in this project.
Four symbolic locations were chosen for their particular aesthetics, and for the strong sense of mystery that inhabits them: the Hasard à Cheratte coal mine, the Anderlues coking factory, the Clabecq forges and the Monceau site, a veritable SNCB locomotive cemetery. These four sites bore witness to the intense industrial activity of the past century. What remains is polluted from production processes currently still in use in the East, Russia, Asia and some southern countries. And one final question: why are these buildings still there?
This book and eBook bring the whole UzinesS project together: the film, book, photos and testimony.
There is also an electronic version of the documentary. This brings the whole UzinesS project together: the film, book, photos and testimony.