Ice Rink & Lido, Treehouse, Gymnasium
by Amy Feneck

Aerial view of an ice skater on an ice rink


  • 1Still from Lido
  • 2Still from Tree house
  • 3Still from Gymnasium
  • 4Ice Rink installed at Spike Island

Still from Ice Rink


The two films, Ice Rink and Lido, Treehouse, Gymnasium illustrate Feneck’s interest in the role of architecture in shaping our social activity.

In Ice Rink the camera focuses on the architectural interior of the ice rink as ice skaters enter the frame and endlessly rehearse routines and spinning jumps. Drab colours, artificial lighting and echoing music attach themselves to the pursuit of perfection. For the skaters, practice is integral to the outcome - potentially a glamorous success, however we can only imagine this glamour as we witness the committed nature of endless practice.

In Lido, Treehouse, Gymnasium, a handheld Super 8 camera observes three sites of communal activity. It slowly scans the architectural elements of each deserted space as an investigation into the physical structures of social behaviour. Feneck's choice of the three sites; a sea-side public Lido, a school gymnasium and a woodland tree-house complex reflect an intricate understanding of uses of public and private space.

Connections are created between the sites through framing and editing. Imagined inter-relations run between each film, and the sites form part of a wider realm of activity - that of institution building. The work explores how architecture forms the physical institutions of our communal needs.



Year 2005
Duration 7 mins / 10 mins
Medium DV / Super 8 installation
Original format DV / Super 8
Screening format DVD / Super 8
Aspect ratio 4:3
Audio Yes
Colour / B&W Colour
Screens 1 / 3

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Ice Rink and Lido, Treehouse, Gymnasium were produced by Picture This Small Wonders Scheme during residencies at Spike Island and LOT, Bristol, UK 2005

Screening history:

Lido, Treehouse, Gymnasium
Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds, UK 2007

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK 2006

Club Shepway, Folkestone, UK 2005

LOT, Bristol, UK 2005

Ice rink
Spike Island, Bristol, UK 2005

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Small Wonders
2002 - 2009

Our Small Wonders professional development scheme offered artists the mentoring support and technical resources needed for making film and video

Amy Feneck

Drawn to places of communal activity, Feneck’s practice is based on the observation and re-interpretation of social collectivity.