30 September // Wednesday // 19:00 – 23:00 — Fórum Lisboa
Festival Jury Presentation // 19:00
Lecture by Nick Dunn (Lancanster University) // 19:30
Lost Futures: framing critical utopias between film and architecture
The power of representations of future cities and their ability to capture and endure in our imagination through various media cannot be overestimated. After all, these visualizations of future cities contribute to our social imaginary and resonate the values of the cultures in which they are produced. Whilst the projection of future scenarios within fictional films is widely understood, the relationship with documentaries is less so. Since the development of film as a medium architecture often provided its central protagonist, connecting us to the fabric of the city. Similarly, architecture has long held a fascination with film, keen to apply the terminology, visual motifs and techniques that filmmaking offers as being analogous, if not literal, to the direction of materials, form and light within the discipline. This reciprocity enables the framing of various ideologies within a critical, if not always beneficial, dialectic. Therefore, this talk will examine the role of documentary films as a way to frame critical utopianism and discuss the alternative futures we have lost..
Cocktail Break // 20:30
Opening Film // 21:30
Q&A with the director
Space Caviar (Joseph Grima, Martina Muzi), Italy, 2014, 60’
Inspired in part by the vernacular Ottoman architecture he observed during his travels in Turkey in 1911, Le Corbusier’s Maison Dom-Ino, first presented a century ago, could be read as a manifesto for openness in architecture—a hypothetical proposal for a new symbiosis between the hand of the architect and the individuality of the occupant. Through a series of 99 short films, 99 Dom-Ino takes the centennial of Le Corbusier’s design as the trigger for a survey of Italian domesticity and its relationship with the landscape, throughout the full length of the peninsula, over the last 100 years.