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40 301 Body & Space Morphologies : Architecture & Film XVII - Any Boarded Stories V

Full course name in English: 
Body & Space Morphologies : Architecture & Film XVII - Any Boarded Stories V
40 301
Syklus 2
2020 Høst
2020 Høst
Maksimum antall studenter: 
Rolf Gerstlauer
  • This elective course is reserved for the students signing up to the 40 533 Body & Space Morphologies : LISTA – Field-Studio III.
  • If you are uncertain about what the above statement implies, please do contact the study administration or the teaching body of this course before you sign up to it.
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Body & Space Morphologies: Content, Overall Aims and Methods

Body and Space Morphologies is a research-based teaching program placed in the field of Architecture & Culture studies. Dedicated to Phenomenology in Architecture, the program offers Trans-Disciplinary master studios and elective courses in explorative architectural and pre-architectural making, sensing and thinking.

From The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Phenomenology (2012, Dan Zahavi, ed.):
“Phenomenology shares the conviction that the critical stance proper to philosophy requires a move away from a straightforward metaphysical or empirical investigation of objects to an investigation of the very framework of meaning and intelligibility that makes any such straightforward investigation possible in the first place. It precisely asks how something like objectivity is possible in the first place.”

Our attempt is to partake in the discourse on the Phenomenology of Architecture by working and studying Architectural Phenomenology outside of the Conventions of Architecture. In theory, this can mean a free-thinking, and to some degree also a “free-making” and/or “free-looking”, yet in the realm of our studios it means the making of a dedicated Artistic Research which is looking for the Creation of a Material Practice in which the student can gain a certain expertise in and through which the discourse on the Phenomenology of Architecture can be tried on – if it not already is embodied by the material itself.

We aim at preparing and enabling students to conduct their own investigation into Architectural Phenomenology understood as a Research Creation; a working mode creating an inspired Material Practice “attuned to process rather than the communication of outputs or products” (https://thepedagogicalimpulse.com/research-methodologies/). We consider this to be the Artistic Parallel to both Traditional Scholarly Research and Common Architectural Design Practice.

The Body & Space Morphologies Master Studios for autumn 2020:

  • LISTA - Field-Studio #III (24 ects) - the master studio connected to this elective course - see separate course description
  • CATHARSIS – Acting and The Collective #X (24 ects) - see separate course description

The Body & Space Morphologies Elective Course for autumn 2020 (reserved for LISTA - Field-Studio students):

  • ARCHITECTURE & FILM - any Boarded Stories #V (6 ects)




Architecture & Film wants to investigate in and produce competence within the subject of The Production and Representation of Body and Space Morphologies and/or Architectural Phenomenology in Film.

The Autumn 2020 course entitled “ANY Boarded Stories” - the fifth take on this topic that works on performativity, performance and performance studies - is a complementary study to the artistic research the students conduct in the LISTA environment when they sign up to the studio course Body & Space Morphologies : LISTA – Field-Studio III.

The aim of the course is to provide students with the tools (video and film-making / editing) needed to deploy complementary ways of working and means of creative investigations that make, demonstrate or narrate a high degree of third-party readability – a dialogue between the above-mentioned artistic research works’ inherent qualities and how those qualities through film/video connect to issues, phenomena and/or subjects in the world.



For the ARCHITECTURE & FILM Studio (as part of the LISTA - Field-Studio III):

Architecture & Film students discover, retrieve and nourish the discourse on phenomenology of architecture from an immediate and impulsive response, through intuitive and reflective filmmaking, by ways of approaching an environment, and spending time with its inhabitants.

After completing the course - and through experimental film-making -, the student should have:

Knowledge of

  • the basics in phenomenology of architecture and the various practices that exist within (and that can become part of) architectural phenomenology

  • the basics in affordance theory and the theories concerning objecthood and/or object relations as means to fuel and reflect upon a material practice and/or artistic research in the field of architecture

  • the basics in performance and performance studies that make body & space morphologies: ways of making, looking at, discussing and seeing/understanding qualia and perception in the working of architecture

  • the basics in disability studies and neurodiversity studies as the necessary activist movements working and re-defining the human condition from “all the world’s a stage” (Shakespeare) towards for all of the human spectrum with its diverse behavior

  • the basics of performativity, language and speech acts as the tools that can add value to the making and a work – but that not necessarily must seek to replace the issues at stake in a work or a thing

  • the foundational preparations for an advanced visual experimental architectural design research through the work on, and manufacturing of, moving imagery

Skills in

  • finding, developing and/or embracing initiatives for the making of an inspired, explorative and imaginative artistic research through the media of film and/or video

  • conducting this artistic research with the desire to make or pursue a feature film containing, or inviting for, reflections in phenomenology of architecture / architectural phenomenology

  • deploying film-making as a particular means of creative investigation that makes, demonstrate or narrates a dialogue between works, behaviour environment and spectator

  • maintaining a personal diary of the making that can be worked into documents of the making aiming at a third-party readability

  • through film-making approaching environments, situations and discussions phenomenological and applying and recognizing performativity in speech and action as productive means from which to provoke and receive social employed knowing

Competence in

  • approaching and acting on impulse with all sorts of material, objects, environments and/or events and gaining valuable experience and film/video footage from this

  • conceiving of and presenting/communicating unique architectural content/research through a visual material and the phenomena or conditions contained and experienced in it

  • understanding the mechanisms and rhetoric of systems of oppression, learned behavior, eugenics and stigma that are un-productive and unsustainable (in the field of architecture as well as in the systems we call architecture)

  • developing and/or pursuing life-long initiatives for a material practice in architectural phenomenology that is independent of, and/or adaptable to, any kind of professional commission

  • not knowing a thing, but having the passion, dedication, endurance and imagination to wanting to get to know it


Gerstlauer, Dind, Pilskog, Skjeldsøy, Xu - AHO, April 2020

Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

Organization, Workload and Activities

Exercises in video-sketching and video-editing make up weekly studies in which students experiment with film/video-making to strengthen their awareness for film as a media with the capacity to influence, further understand and develop architectural and otherwise performative or kinetic body, environments and space. Aiming at becoming a filmic investigation as a self-study about the making of an artistic research in the LISTA environment, the final exercise during the elective course week will search to produce or create kinetic architectural space / or spatial narratives on video in the length of a feature film that can be published.

All reviews/discussions take place in the office of Stiv Kuling AS in Farsund/Lista - students not present in Lista on Tuesdays are reviewd and discussed on ZOOM. The elective course week is organized as a seminar / workshop (online and/or in situ in Lista) in which we discuss and craft a final film.

The final films in feature length are meant to make and support the argument for a future LISTA Research-Creation Project.


The curriculum/syllabus of the course is taught online through the Moodle-platform and starts with a brief historical, theoretical and philosophical discussion on space in general, and on the perception of kinetic representation of architectural space in particular – be it on film, literature, in the arts or in religion etc...

The Body and Space Morphologies studios collaborate with capacities in other fields of the Humanities (and the Science) providing us with the Trans-Disciplinary syllabus (lectures, readings and field-studies / excursions) necessary to individually and collectively ponder and reflect on Phenomenology in Architecture; the Human Condition and the Creative Act it is to make and conceive of Relational Objects or Architectural Phenomenology.


Rolf Gerstlauer, professor, architect and multimedia artist/researcher at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, AHO. Head of the Body and Space Morphologies research and teaching program. Maintains an artistic practice together with Dind and collaborates with her in implementing aspects of Disability and Neurodiversity Studies into the teachings of the Body and Space Morphologies studios. Teaches the Catharsis studio autumn 2020 (see separate course description).

Julie Valentine Dind, performer/artist/phd-student, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Brown University, Providence/USA. Dind’s scholarly work provides all the Body and Space Morphologies studios with an updated syllabus on Performance and Performance Studies, Disability Studies and the Neurodiversity Movement. The Body and Space Morphologies studios serve as laboratory in which this work is sought to be implemented into architectural education – and architecture per se.

Jan Gunar Skjeldsøy & Anders Eik Pilskog, architects, Stiv Kuling AS, Farsund/Norway. Skjeldsøy and Pilskog, both former AHO students, are long-term collaborators to the Body and Space Morphologies studios and since 2019 also our teaching assistants. Together they sign responsible to run and teach the LISTA Field-Studio and the Architecture & Film elective course for autumn 2020. The weekly Tuesday sessions on the works in the Architecture & Film elective course take place in their office in Farsund (and are streamed online on ZOOM).

Wenkai Xu, did her Catharsis studio diploma thesis "A House for me and my animals" in January 2019. She is the Catharsis studio teaching assistant for autumn 2020 and works as alumnus with the continuation of her project, inspires the studio and together with Gerstlauer co-supervises the diploma works.

Recommended Literature and Mandatory Readings

The recommended reading list is shared with the Body & Space Morphologies master studios CATHARSIS - Acting and The Collective X and LISTA - Field-Studio III. The distinct readings (curriculum) for the Architecture & Film elective course are handed out weekly on the Moodle-platform.

ProsjektoppgaveIndividuellBestått / ikke beståttIndividual artistic research work: On each of the ten Tuesday course days, the self-study (video footage captured throughout the week) is discussed in plenum. The material handed in for that weekly discussion consists of between 1-20 video-sketches and a short text.

The final seminar and workshop week runs from Monday to Friday. Each student works on her/his own final-film and a written critical reflection on what the film makes and presents.
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar:Individual artistic research work: On each of the ten Tuesday course days, the self-study (video footage captured throughout the week) is discussed in plenum. The material handed in for that weekly discussion consists of between 1-20 video-sketches and a short text.

The final seminar and workshop week runs from Monday to Friday. Each student works on her/his own final-film and a written critical reflection on what the film makes and presents.