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Workshop Moving Constructions


Still from Zett-Haus, c. 1934 © Praesens-Film AG

Workshop organized on the occasion of the exhibition Moving Constructions: Films from the Architecture Archive of the gta / ETH Zurich, presented in Garagem Sul, Centro Cultural de Belém from 19 february to 26 may 2019.

The post-war years and the subsequent digital turn expanded possibilities to record and manipulate moving images, thus changing daily architectural practice. Even so, architectural archives continue to operate as repositories of still objects. In these collections of papers, publications, and models, the moving image remains an exception. This ambiguous position stems from a preference for the still object, which endures as the desirable source for architectural historiography, leaving little interest for high-maintenance filmic supports.

On the occasion of the 2017 jubilee of the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta Institute) at ETH Zurich, the exhibition gta Films uncovered fifteen films that arrived at the institute at different moments of its history and which were subsequently stored therein (and sometimes abandoned to oblivion). In response to this state of affairs, the exhibition pulled these films from underground vaults and presented them anew throughout the architecture department.

This workshop reflects on the materials of gta Films, which are now on show at Garagem Sul in the exhibition Moving Constructions. Three public dialogues with participants from around Europe will explore questions about histories, films, and archives. How to account for relations between architects and films in researching architectural histories? How to analyse the specificity of the filmic medium in different architectural contexts? How to address the placement of and access to filmic supports?

Building on the premises that characterise the films at the gta Institute, the workshop aims to chart the general conditions of films in contemporary architecture archives.

Andreas Kalpakci
Jacqueline Maurer
Daniela Ortiz dos Santos


André Tavares
Filine Wagner

Andreas Kalpakci
Véronique Boone
Joaquim Moreno

Coffee break

Jacqueline Maurer
François Penz
Francisco Ferreira

Daniela Ortiz dos Santos
Mélanie van der Hoorn
Tiago Baptista

Organized by: Garagem Sul + Lab2PT, Laboratório de Paisagens, Património e Território
Commissioner: André Tavares
Curators: Andreas Kalpakci, Jacqueline Maurer, Daniela Ortiz dos Santos
Collaboration: gta Institute at ETH Zurich
Support: Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

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The workshop will be conducted in English

André Tavares: Programador da Garagem Sul e investigador do Lab2PT, Laboratório de Paisagens, Património e Território
Filine Wagner: Art Historian and head of public access and visitor service at the gta Archives at ETH Zurich.
Andreas Kalpakci: Lecturer at the gta Institute at ETH Zurich and author of the dissertation Making CIAM: The OrganizationalTechniques of the Moderns, 1928–1959 (2017).
Véronique Boone: Professor at the Faculté d’Architecture La Cambre Horta at the University of Brussels ULB and author of the dissertation Le Corbusier et le cinéma: la communication d’une oeuvre (2017).
Joaquim Moreno: Architecture Professor in Lisbon and London and curator of The University is Now on Air, Broadcasting Modern Architecture.
Jacqueline Maurer: Art Historian and doctoral candidate researching Jean-Luc Godard and the interrelations of research in film, architecture and urbanism at the Department of Film Studies at Zurich University. 
François Penz: Professor of Architecture and the Moving Image, Head of the Department of Architecture and Director of Studies for Darwin College and Hughes Hall at Cambridge University. 
Francisco Ferreira: Professor at Escola de Arquitectura da Universidade do Minho and editor of the architecture and cinema magazine JACK
Daniela Ortiz dos Santos: Lecturer at the Art History Department of the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, coordinator of the Center for Critical Studies in Architecture and author of the dissertation Routes of Modernity or the Americas of Le Corbusier (2017)
Mélanie van der Hoorn: Independent researcher and lecturer based in Vienna, author of Spots in Shots: Narrating the Built Environment in Short Films (2018) in which she challenges the canon of architecture films while discussing where short architecture films reside. 
Tiago Baptista: Director of Arquivo Nacional das Imagens em Movimento/Cinemateca Portuguesa- Museu do Cinema and Professor at Faculdade de Ciências Humanas da Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

February 20, 2019
Garagem Sul
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