FILM AND ARCHITECTURE

FILM AND ARCHITECTURE

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Last update 02/08/2021 13:06
Code
106705
ACADEMIC YEAR
2021/2022
CREDITS
6 credits during the 1st year of 8467 Art History and artistic heritage management (LM-89) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
ICAR/18
LANGUAGE
English
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Art History and artistic heritage management)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The module will focus on the study of the interdisciplinary dialogue between film and architecture. Starting from the early days of cinema we will consider the two disciplines’ engagement with a range of styles and movements – Art Nouveau and Art Deco, Modernism, Postmodernism – at the same time introducing the main theoretical debates both architects and filmmakers have been concerned with. We will explore how space is imbricated with constructed social and cultural meaning. The module will then address specific technical aspects in the cinematic representation of the built environment, in particular the use of sound, lighting, framing, editing, point of view and narrative. In turn, we will consider the use of film as a specific device to innovate architectural practice. We will explore how specific typologies of spaces are represented on film and, at the same time, focus on the spaces of exhibition– the movie theatre, but also the museum and the built environment as a site for film and media projection, with particular attention to the element of sound and acoustics in film and architecture.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The module aims to provide a critical framework facilitating meaningful interdisciplinary dialogue between film and architecture, considering both cinematic representations of the built environment and the ways in which these representations have influenced architectural practice.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

  • A detailed understanding of the relationship of cinematic arts to architecture and the built environment.
  • Systematic interdisciplinary knowledge regarding the histories and theories found at the intersection of architecture and film, including technical considerations.
  • The ability to critically analyse and form considered judgements regarding the aesthetic treatment of architecture in film and animation.

PREREQUISITES

None

Teaching methods

Lectures, discussions, in-class analysis of seminal works.

If online lessons become necessary, practical information regarding platforms and access will be provided here prior to module commencement.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Key Topics

  • Historical and cultural constructions of space in cinema
  • The role of sonic narratives in the creation of virtual spatial experiences
  • Cinematic representations of the ‘global city’
  • Utopian and dystopian cinematic urbanism
  • Unreal and visionary architectures in the cinematic arts
  • The influence of film architecture on the politics of infrastructure

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Indicative Reading

Barber, S. (2004). Projected Cities: Cinema and Urban Space. Reaktion.

Cairns, G. (2013). Architecture of the Screen: Essays in Cinematographic Space. Intellect.

Davit, B. C. (1997). The Cinematic City. Taylor & Francis.

Konstantarakos, M. (2004). Spaces in European Cinema. Intellect.

Lamster, M. (2000). Architecture and Film. Princeton Architectural Press.

Mennel, B. C. (2019). Cities and Cinema. Routledge

Pallasmaa, J. (2007). The Architecture of image: Existential space in cinema. Rakennustieto.

Penz, F., Thomas, M. (1997). Cinema & Architecture: Méliès, Mallet-Stevens, Multimedia. British Film Institute.

Shonfield, K. (2000). Walls Have Feelings: Architecture, Film & the City. Routledge.

 

This list is not exhaustive and is subject to change. Students are not expected to read all of the above texts but rather to complement selected core reading with more specific bibliographic sources. Further bibliographic indications will be given upon module commencement.

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Lectures, discussions, in-class analysis of seminal works.

If online lessons become necessary, practical information regarding platforms and access will be provided here prior to module commencement.

LESSONS START

2nd semester

ORARI

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EXAMS

Exam description

Oral examination. Students will be required to develop, present and discuss a personal research project which interfaces with the module’s principal themes and critical framework.

Assessment methods

 

  • Originality of the chosen research topic
  • Detailed understanding of key theoretical concepts, historical and cultural contexts
  • Analytical clarity and nuance
  • Communicative skills
  • Appropriate use of terminology
  • Bibliographical awareness (not limited to content directly referenced during contact hours)

FURTHER INFORMATION

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