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The Architecture of Film
Workshop, seminar, studio




The Berlage
Post-master in Architecture and Urban Design

Links to a selection of films produced by the students during the Seminar:

Thesis projects
-Beyond the Clouds
-The Lobby Lobby
-A Clinical Corpus: The Most Immaculate of Intentions
-Campus Inc.
-Black Pool
-The Gloss on the Mill

-The Construction of Landscape

Collective projects
-Necessarily Eurometropolitan -Beyond the Rock
-The Highway and the Country












Thesis Documentaries

Position: Thesis guest tutor

Type: Seminar and
Masterclass program designed for The Berlage
Instituion: The Berlage, Post-master in Architecture and Urban Design

Assignment: Thesis Films (Long version:10-15min, short version: 2min)

Years: 2014-2020

Generation: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Film has played a crucial role in the development of architectural theory. This has always been a dialectical relationship, where the construction of buildings influences the construction of films, and vice versa. The challenge of this seminar is to subvert and refresh the now-ubiquitous medium of film, in order to reclaim its theoretical potential. Throughout the seminar participants will explore film as an architectural medium, understanding it as an instrument of research and communication in the field of architecture. Participants will produce a film-essay, in order to frame their thesis project and give a clear insight into their work.




Film Narratives in Architecture

Position: Guest tutor

Type: Seminar and
Workshop

Years: 2016 - Present

The seminar is focused on the use of the audiovisual medium as a research and communication tool in architecture and design.
The seminar combines theory and practice, reviewing the work of different filmmakers, visual artists, designers and architects that work within the boundaries of film and architecture.
During the seminar, each student will develop a two-minute short-film through different stages. Starting with scripts and storyboards, and later on working with the moving image, graphics, text and sound. Each student will be coached individually to develop a particular narrative strategy for their film.








UNAV
Universidad de Navarra

https://www.unav.edu




Film Narratives in Architecture

Position: Guest tutor

Type: International Seminar
Photography and video-essay

Years: 2015 - Present








Between the real and the constructed
Lecture
MONTE, Buenos Aires
Universidad de la Plata, La Plata
Arcadia Mediatica, Lima
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima
Royal Academy KABK, Den Haag

This lecture investigates the presence-absence opposition – of showing and hiding – where architecture and film act as a single device.  This device is understood as being part of a social and ideological assembly that oscillates between transparency and opacity, within an apparatus of normalization and control. From this perspective, a series of modern experiences and projects are analyzed, speculating on how representations in cinema have influenced and subverted the physical and conceptual structures of architecture, and vice-versa.




1968: FIFTY YEARS LATER
Masterclass and Exhibition
The Berlage, Delft
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

With Jean-Louis Cohen, Max Risselada, Lara Schrijver, Lukasz Stanek, Léa-Catherine Szacka, Bernard Tschumi, among others.

www.theberlage.nl/galleries/projects/details/1968_fifty_years_later

What were the achievements and shortcomings of the events of May 1968? How was May 1968 particular to Paris while at the same time reflective of a worldwide zeitgeist? How does place influence thought? What were the consequences on architectural education and discourse? What is the relationship between the architecture of a school and its curriculum? Does objective reality exist in an era of “post-truth”? When the personal becomes political, can film and narrative make one conscious of reality?

The master class will conclude with a multimedia pop-up exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.





The Bed in the Age of social Media
Masterclass and Exhibition with Beatriz Colomina
In the Age of Social Media, the smart-phone camera is omnipresent, the principle generator of social media content and a highly personal and portable tool for creating theory. Videos are now being produced and disseminated with a new sense of urgency. In this context, it is important to remember that film has played a crucial role in the development of architectural theory. This has always been a dialectical relationship, where the construction of buildings influences the construction of films, and vice versa. Film has a unique capacity to articulate complex ideas in complex forms and combinations. The challenge, then, of the master class, The challenge of this seminar is to subvert and refresh the now-ubiquitous medium of film, in order to reclaim its theoretical potential.

During the first part of the master class, participants will learn film, interview, and narrative techniques. From writing and cinema, to advertisements and public service broadcasting, they will explore the historical and contemporary use and depiction of the bed across media in order to “theorize through film.” Under the guidance of filmmaker Mauricio Freyre, participants will create a cinematographic prequel to Colomina’s essay, “The Century of the Bed.”

The master class will conclude with a collective audiovisual exhibition at The Berlage.






An accumulation of possible disasters
Masterclass and collective film essay with Sebastien Marot
The Berlage, Delft

vimeo.com/92595721



This is the strange fruit of a master class where we tried to reflect on some of the larger environmental issues and predicaments that affect the meaning and ways of architecture today: a relay race of young architects through space, time and environment, the staging of an impossible conversation, a domino game of concerns.
Clearly, the idea that the cosmopolis is “an accumulation of possible disasters that never happen,” from Koolhaas’ Delirious New York, seems each day more like a Ponzi-scheme of wishful-thinking.
A number of themes — Energy, Autonomy, Prophecy, Entropy, Machines, Elements, Resilience, Memory, Obsolescence — were initially proposed as triggers, to start, structure, and polarize an amorphous latency of concerns into sequences of a narrative or journey.
Film is used here as a provocative means of reconnecting architecture with the environment; its fundamental responsibility: giving space to time, and time to space.
An intense race indeed. As Marcel Proust once remarked: “One must think as if he were eternal, and work as if he was to die tomorrow.”





Spirits Dialogue
Workshop
NMYU, Taipei

Operating in the ambiguous territory between documentary and fiction, the project re-examines echoes, spectra, and other forms of consciousness that comprise both the past and the present.




Between the real and the constructed
Workshop