Robots of Brixton

By November 1, 2011 One Comment

Brixton has degenerated into a disregarded area inhabited by London’s new robot workforce – robots built and designed to carry out all of the tasks which humans are no longer inclined to do. The mechanical population of Brixton has rocketed, resulting in unplanned, cheap and quick additions to the skyline.

The film follows the trials and tribulations of young robots surviving at the sharp end of inner city life, living the predictable existence of a populous hemmed in by poverty, disillusionment and mass unemployment. When the Police invade the one space which the robots can call their own, the fierce and strained relationship between the two sides explodes into an outbreak of violence echoing that of 1981:

The movie was made with support from:

Kibwe Tavares – Direction, animation, modeling, lighting, texturing etc…
David Hoffman – Photographer Brixton riots archive.hoffmanphotos.com/
Mourad Bennacer – Sound Designer designsonore.tumblr.com/
DJ Hiatus “The Great Insurrection” hiatusmusic.net
For more projects take a look at factoryfifteen.com.

Quite pleased we managed this post without any mention of skynet, our robot overlords (which i for one welcome) or electric avenue. An inspiring movie, both in its use of tech, subject matter and context….


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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