Film Architecture II

In Urban Cinematics: Understanding Urban Phenomena through the Moving Image published in 2011, Francois Penz has stated, ‘Learning from the filmic spaces of the past may offer a more holistic approach to the understanding of cities in order to better anticipate the present, but also the future.’ Research on architecture and film, and cinema and the city, has been on the agenda of theorists since the last quarter of the 20th century. Many have studied film space, both fiction and documentary, as a representation of architectural space. Architects and urban designers also use filmmaking as a tool to observe and analyse sites, public spaces and cities. Similarly, a 3-D ‘fly-through’ animation of the design of a building is an alternative way to understand architectural projects through the moving image. Moreover, design of cinemas and film studios as well as film sets falls in the research area of cinema and architecture. In this context, this session of the fifth AIARG conference aims to open a window into contemporary theories and practices on film architecture and urban cinematics in the island of Ireland and beyond.

As well as research papers, the call is open to architectural/urban films. The session will bring together 2-3 research presentations and 2-3 film presentations, about 15 minutes each. Academics and professionals who write and/or make films in this area are invited to submit their proposals on one of there questions the session targets:

1 Can cities be understood better through film?

2 How can filmmaking be used as a design tool in architecture?

3 What uses does cinema make of urban locations or film sets?

For a research presentation: Please provide a 300-word abstract and an illustration. If the research is about a particular film, feel free to attach a clip not longer than 5 minutes and please use Dropbox for large files.

For a film presentation: Please submit films not longer than 5 minutes. This could be part of a longer film. If that is the case, feel free to submit both the extract and full version. Please provide also an abstract not longer than 300 words and a film still/poster, and use Dropbox for large files. Films that are outputs of research projects will have priority.

Session Chairs: Dr Gul Kacmaz Erk, g.kacmaz@qub.ac.uk, Queen’s University Belfast and Dr Laura Rascaroli, University College Cork