40 301 Architecture and Film; Morphology of Body and Space


No prerequisites, except for passed foundation level (bachelor in architecture).

Recommended prerequisite knowledge

The handling of (own) video and photo equipment and the respective software.

Course content

An investigation towards a discursive space in video/film.
- Architectural body and space in film have since the early days of film inspired and influenced architectural practice. New production and representation techniques in 3D-tools, games, film, and video continue to challenge our understanding for, and development of the architectural space.
- The intensive course Architecture & Film will focus on the morphology of body and space through investigations in photographic and moving images. The aim with the course is to further understand, influence and critically develop the architectural space through a phenomenological and perceptual approach.
- The course uses the video camera and editing software as creative tools to individually observe, register, and interpret different situations and phenomena – and with the aim to anew reflect upon and inform architectures spatial properties.
- In the final workshop that focuses on editing, every student should use the experience to argue for how an architectural space is created in the video montage – a space that cannot exist outside of the video.

Learning outcomes

The student will receive an introduction to theories of architecture, film, and video connected to the topic of the course. Practical exercises will provide a basic knowledge of the use of digital video camera and editing software (Adobe Premiere) as the tools for registration, observation and creative interpretation. Exercises, lectures, and discussions contribute to give the student the opportunity to develop a critical stance on the use of camera/editing software as architectural tools in order to further facilitate an advanced, experimental design based on a current, critical architectural discourse.

Working and learning activities

The course starts with a brief historical, theoretical and philosophical discussion on film in general, and on kinetic representation of architectural space in particular. Students will be introduced to the field of investigation through lectures, literature and a series of films and video art.
Exercises in video sketching* and video editing will train the students’ practical skills and insight in the relation between space and the image, and space in the image.
A typical course day consists of a lecture, the screening of a film/video and the production and discussion of the video sketches. The students work individually with the tasks and deliver at the end of the day. The material produced is discussed in plenum. Two days are reserved for the teaching and training the video editing software.
The final workshop-week has its own outline. This year's focus will be on the human body in motion and in the meeting with spatial infrastructures and/or obstacles. The course collaborates for this week together with the French/Swiss Butoh dancer Julie Dind. The results of that collaboration will be published.

*Video sketching: to draw – to doodle – to paint with video.

Professor in charge

Rolf Gerstlauer

BS, 2015-04-07