Tommaso Lanza


We all share a sense for the inner life of high-rise corporate buildings, those models of efficiency, the polished spaces and high-profile interiors sheltering a smooth mechanism of hierarchies, workflows and trade secrets. A sanctuary for productivity is what these buildings are there to provide, but after hours, filled only by the dim haze of safety lights, the vacant rooms, lobbies and corridors seem to emanate a different soul, revealing the darker elements inherent in the pursuit of profit.
Playgrounds is a series of short films set in digitally reconstructed corporate office spaces. The project originates from a set of photos taken at night in the City of London, inspired by the uncanny atmosphere permeating the dry interiors of corporate offices after hours.
Each film is an animated slow-motion tracking shot, imperceptibly moving through the corridors, rooms and lobbies of anonymous office buildings. Through the camera movement, traces of obscure human activity within alienating vacant spaces are revealed.

Video Clip: Playgrounds


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