SPATIAL ENCOUNTERS: Exploring the Meaning of Cinema in Architecture (September 24-26, 2015)

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Call for Papers
September 24, 2015 to September 26, 2015
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Film and Film History, Environmental History / Studies

SPATIAL ENCOUNTERS: Exploring the Meaning of Cinema in Architecture
September 24-26, 2015
Valletta, Malta!ap-spatial-encounters/ccyh 
Submission Deadline: August 17, 2015
The deadline for regular submissions at the conference Filming Locations: the Fabric of Culture, Myths & Identity has also been extended to August 17.


The relationship between cinema and architecture has been the subject of numerous works and research projects. It is, however, often the case of discussing the representation of the city, of the built environment, past or exiting, real or imagined. For this series of panels, we would like to propose to shift the focus on to the potential meaning of cinema in and for architecture. How the new semantic fields generated by the moving image have influenced the architectural production of the past century, from a dialectic with reality through to an experimentation with the visual and the landscape at large.


Through moderated panel discussions, debate and curated screenings, we will explore the idea of time, representation and architectural style in films, but also the concepts of heterotopia and heterochronic spaces. From the influence of Sant’Elia’s architecture on the scenography of Blade Runner, to the spatial disorientation in Raul Ruiz’s O Território, from the existing 80’s streetscapes of Starsky & Hutch, Magnum P.I., or Kojak¸ to the anachronistic art-deco of Emidio Greco’s L’invenzione di Morel, movie making offers countless new points of view for the architect to rediscover the city. The increasing importance of the moving image and of virtual environments in the creation of new architecture, as well as the multiplication of art-house and film-essays on architecture, also offer starting point for further explorations into the place of cinema in contemporary architectural practice and education.


Note: This is a new section addition to the conference: Filming Locations: the Fabric of Culture, Myths and Identity in Small Cinemas.

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