The Future Architecture Platform - FILM SUMMER SCHOOL - If These Walls Could Talk
The Belgrade Architects’ Association and the Cultural Centre of Belgrade have been organizing the BINA - Belgrade International Architecture Week - festival for fifteen years (www.bina.rs). Since 2016, BINA has been taking part in a European project entitled the Future Architecture Platform (www.futurearchitectureplatform.org). In September 2021, BINA will be hosting a ten-day film workshop within the Future Architecture Platform. This year’s Future Architecture Platform program is entitled the Landscapes of Care. Within this program, BINA will be hosting a film workshop entitled If These Walls Could Talk, which will be dedicated to the House of the Press building (built on Trg republike square in downtown Belgrade in 1958-1961, on the basis of the design of architect Ratomir Bogojević and formed in the spirit of contemporary architecture as a work characterized by significant architectural and urban planning values; in 2019, it was proclaimed a cultural property). The intention is to introduce participants in the workshop to this building, its architecture, history, facilities and users, in order that they present their own experience/views, comments on the present situation or suggestions of its future potentials - and all that in a short film form.
Film and architecture have been firmly intertwined since the very origins of “the seventh art”. Architecture, viewed as an important visual element of motion pictures, occupies a significant place in the history of moving images. The architects of the modern and contemporary period perceive the importance of the mediating role of urban infrastructure and the potentials of the media (in the beginning, photography and then film and video respectively) for the in-depth analyses of the built structures or for attractive and flexible potentials within the architectural design itself. At the same time, film professionals and video artists from the world of visual arts discovered architecture and its “layers of meaning” in the domain of ideologies, social relations and the raging capitalism. The workshop is dedicated to education and the production of short films and videos envisaging and analyzing the various potentials of cinema and film language in the study of architecture and its multi-layer meanings. The workshop is due from 17 to 26 September 2021 and will be hosted by the Belgrade Cultural Centre. It is intended for students and professionals in the fields of architecture, urban planning, film and audio-visual arts, as well as for other persons under 35 interested in research in the domain of film and architecture. The workshop entails a mentorship approach through the process of film research and production and includes workshops, lectures, screenings, Q&A sessions, teamwork and individual work, location shooting, sound editing and processing, as well as the final public presentation of the produced films and video works. The chief mentor of the 2021 BINA cinema workshop is the film director Dejan Petrović - the founder of the “Interakcija” (Interaction) International Student Film Camp.