Featuring in GAIKA’s installation Ca$h Fractals, Robots of Brixton 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.
In the film, 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. 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.
Kibwe Tavares studied architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture. His first short film Robots of Brixton was initially a final year dissertation but went on to win the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award as well as the Royal Institute of British Architects President’s Medal.
Kibwe then collaborated with Daniel Kaluuya on his second short film Jonah which also went to Sundance. Kibwe was selected as a Screen Star of Tomorrow and TED Fellow in 2013. Since then, Kibwe continued his collaboration with Kaluuya, developing his debut feature together with the support of Film4 and the Sundance Labs. He’s also worked as an EP on BBC's TV adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s Naughts and Crosses and directed a ballet show Aisha and Abhaya for Rambert and The Royal Opera House.