40 301 Body and Space Morphologies : Architecture and Film XIII

Emnenavn på English: 
Body and Space Morphologies : Architecture and Film XIII
Studiepoeng: 
6
Emnekode: 
40 301
Studienivå: 
Syklus 2
Undervisningssemester: 
2017 Høst
Eksamenssemester: 
2017 Høst
Undervisningsspråk: 
Engelsk
År: 
2017
Maksimum antall studenter: 
15
Emneansvarlig
Rolf Gerstlauer
Forkunnskapskrav

Passed Foundation Level. Students participating in the master studio Catharsis are given priority in the course registration. The produced short-films of the course will be published. 

Om emnet

Body and Space Morphologies is a research based teaching program that offers master studios (Catharsis, 24ect) and elective courses (Architecture & Film, 6ect) in explorative architectural design, sensing and thinking. We aim at, prepare for and enable students to conduct their own architectural investigation as an artistic parallel to scholarly research.

Based on performativity theories, performance studies, neurodiversity studies as well as phenomenology and perception theories, Architecture & Film works and investigates primal pre- architectural phenomena/conditions/etc and develops or performs these into experienced distinct architectural sensations/interests/identities on screen.

Architecture & Film uses video and editing software as the tools to individually observe, register, create and perform sensible events/situations/sensations/phenomena on screen. Emphasis is set on “a tactile, bodily way of seeing” that explores and projects the range of optical and haptic visuality, and that anew reflects upon and informs architectures spatial and material properties. 

Læringsutbytte

You learn to conduct advanced architectural investigations through the manufacturing of and discussion on moving imagery related to the theories of optical and haptic visuality, and you will be able to connect the findings with a phenomenology of architecture and/or body & space morphology. 

Knowledge of the basics in:

  • phenomenology (of perception / of architecture)
  • performativity, performance and performance studies
  • body & space morphologies
  • new media studies / theories of architecture, film and video connected to the topic of the course

Skills in:

  • alternative ways of seeing
  • video and filmmaking
  • editing software
  • story boarding

Competence to:

  • study and create phenomena/events etc with or through moving imagery
  • engage in and critically discuss ways of seeing
  • conceive of and present/communicate unique architectural content/research through a visual material and the phenomena or conditions experienced in it
Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter
  • Introduction to a historical, theoretical and philosophical discussion on film in general, and on kinetic representation of architectural space in particular (lectures and film-screenings)
  • The main activity is the artistic research based on the individual capacity to produce and read moving imagery with an architectural content (daily lectures and film-screenings, exercises in video-sketching and public screenings/discussions of the videos made)
  • Two course days are reserved for an in-depth training in the video editing software
  • Mandatory reading is handed out on the respective course days, a recommended reading list is available online
  • The final elective-course-week is organized as a workshop on "The Problem of Body" and ends with a public screening and review of the final films made this week
  • Publication and distribution of the course material 
Pensum

Thesis / Point of Departure

The course starts with the following temperatures:

  • Architecture and film have since the beginning of film inspired each other. Imagination and the space of imagination belongs to both architecture and film
  • The production and representation of architectural space/body in film/video influences architectural practice
  • New tools and techniques of production together with complex systems and arenas of communication further inspire and challenge our perception, understanding and development of architectural space/body

and establishes the arguments:

  • Architecture’s traditional limitations are expanded
  • Architectural space seeks its renewal in a discussion / the further comprehension of time/space or time/space/place relationships

raising the following questions:

  • Given that architecture’s traditional limitations are challenged; how to perceive and understand architectural space when it occurs in that expanded environment?
  • .. and how to free a new architectural space emerging from its existence in that expanded environment? 

Semester Task

The topic of this semester is Performativity - Boarded Bodies

  • Architecture sets the stage for all human behavior. Moving imagery too creates, depicts and contains behavior; as narratives, phenomena and pure sensations just

Projected on screen or the medium it reflects upon, dwelling architecture and behaving yourself:

  • How to perform within body & space morphologies (the real) using a camcorder (the tool) to extend and expand your body (acting the acted)? How to perform, sense and inform what already moves and so it moves us again? 

Body and Space Morphology - a syllabus

Body and space morphology is about the relationship between body and space.


How it manifests itself to be human in a room; outdoors, indoor, outside and inside, and within the manmade room. Alone or together, as one amongst the thousand, or as the thousand above the one.

Body and space morphology is about your body and the room you have within.


How it manifests itself to be human in architecture; what it inspires us to, and what it inspires as an architecture, towards an architecture. Seeing the offer that lies in architecture, the perversion of it, the infrastructure, the poesy, the container, the gate, darkness or light from darkness.

Body and space morphology is about meeting the wall.


How it manifests itself being human between the walls; knowing or not knowing the self, loneliness, longings and all that is imaginable. Seeing change, insights and outlooks, transparency and visibility, hideouts in an omnipresence of the stage. Seeing light come and go, seeing chairs and mirrors shrink and grow. Seeing how all things inhabit and capture the room. Beining between and at the walls. Looking at how they swallow and devour the things. Seeing how the walls become.

Body and space morphology is about the problem of body.


How it manifests itself to face the unknown; what presents itself as new or what just became in front of you. That which yet not has a name, although it shows itself, can be touched, heard, smelled and felt. That which stands sound and nevertheless can leave, that which can or cannot be moved; moves us.

Body and space morphology is about the distance in space.


How it manifests itself to stand still; moving just a little, approaching things nevertheless, every thing, to jump, penetrate, going into things, turning around, looking up and down, taking on the things, looking back and keep moving on.

Body and space morphology is about what we do not know and approach anyway.


Without a map there are only lines and without a compass directions just get more, then the word world is exploded before recognition has become, and it is resemblance and closeness that which implodes us astray. This you might endure and as you wish.

Body and space morphology is about “to act necessities”;

wanton and radically so, using your hands, using the other, using your head but not meaning a thing, acting abstract, acting the figure, autonomous it is and dirty it will get, serious too; ridiculous radically so. 

Obligatorisk arbeidskravPåkrevde arbeidskravOppmøte påkrevdKommentar
Oppmøte til undervisning dagerPåkrevd A typical course day consists of a lecture, the screening of a film/video and the production and discussion of the video sketches. You 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 an in-depth training in the video editing software. Each course day demands 6-8 hours of attendance and work.

The final workshop-week has its own outline and demands daily attendance and work. This semester the 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.
Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:
Obligatorisk arbeidskrav:Oppmøte til undervisning
Påkrevde arbeidskrav: dager
Oppmøte påkrevd:Påkrevd
Kommentar: A typical course day consists of a lecture, the screening of a film/video and the production and discussion of the video sketches. You 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 an in-depth training in the video editing software. Each course day demands 6-8 hours of attendance and work.

The final workshop-week has its own outline and demands daily attendance and work. This semester the 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.
VurderingsformGrupperingKarakterskalaKommentar
VurderingsmappeIndividuellBestått / ikke bestått Individual artistic research work: On each of the ten course days, a new challenge is presented and will be worked on individually and then discussed in plenum at the end of the day. The material handed in consists of a video-sketch and a short text.

The final workshop runs from Monday to Friday. Each student works on her/his own finalfilm and installation and is meant to produce a final written critical reflection on the basis of her/his own produced visual material.

Examination: The extern sensor(s) discuss the video-sketches produced in the individual course days and assess the material of the final workshop week. In total 6-8 video sketches plus 1 final edited film with poster (inclusive all text work) are to be produced and reviewed.

Attendance and participation: Minimum 80% attendance of 8 course days w/ lectures, exercises and reviews and 2 course days with seminars and software introduction. The final workshop week is mandatory. A course day lasts from 10:00 to 16:00 or 17:00.
Vurderinger:
Vurderingsform:Vurderingsmappe
Gruppering:Individuell
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar: Individual artistic research work: On each of the ten course days, a new challenge is presented and will be worked on individually and then discussed in plenum at the end of the day. The material handed in consists of a video-sketch and a short text.

The final workshop runs from Monday to Friday. Each student works on her/his own finalfilm and installation and is meant to produce a final written critical reflection on the basis of her/his own produced visual material.

Examination: The extern sensor(s) discuss the video-sketches produced in the individual course days and assess the material of the final workshop week. In total 6-8 video sketches plus 1 final edited film with poster (inclusive all text work) are to be produced and reviewed.

Attendance and participation: Minimum 80% attendance of 8 course days w/ lectures, exercises and reviews and 2 course days with seminars and software introduction. The final workshop week is mandatory. A course day lasts from 10:00 to 16:00 or 17:00.