Green Screen is a work of creative nonfiction, published online by Centre for Humanities Research, that follows the life of a film set created for a commercial by a team of artisans in Salt River, Cape Town, and how it morphs into a surprising series of second lives. Following this backstage journey captures the refusals and re-imaginations of the workshop floor while offering a larger imbricated story about city futures from an overlooked industrial node.
This digital storymap, which fuses visuals, text and geolocation, is part of a constellation of multimedia outputs for a research project by Kim Gurney anchored to this film-related precinct, a former railyard. It folds into a broader CHR inquiry around aesthetics, technology and the human condition.
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