Week 9: 7-13 August

Arquiteturas team believes this break is a great opportunity to look back at the festival’s last seven editions and provide viewers staying indoors worldwide with a selected retrospective of free streaming films. Each film will be released every Friday, running until next year’s edition, and can be viewed for one week. This initiative aims to provide visibility to the films and the makers and their contribution to initiating great discussions through their build environment stories. A live Q&A with the filmmakers, producers or authors will be announced whenever this is made possible, via the festival’s Instagram and FB pages.



Hidden Cities ARQUITETURAS’17

Gusztáv Hámos, Katja Pratschke, 2012, Germany, 27′

Anselma is the metropolis of possibilities. Its inhabitants attempt to fathom the difference between the true and the possible appearances of their city. They constantly compare the reality with the image of the reality of their spaces.
The inhabitants of Anselma know that space is continuous, but they are not able to recognise the threshold to the door from inside to outside. They are not even capable of differentiating exactly the interior of a building from the exterior facade.
“Oh, well,” they finally say. “Cinema has tainted our perspective. Cinematography has given birth to the multi-perspective mental space.”

Eight times five black and white photographs, or 40 in total, assembled to form a panorama. The camera on the tripod moves on eight times, each time at an angle of 45 degrees around its own axis, as well as in the direction of the ceiling and the floor.Through the fact that the camera is placed in the middle of the space, is turned further in a circular motion after each shot, and the space is subsequently assembled into a panorama, a completely new space is created, the space rendered as a surface. We see on the assembled image what is ahead and behind us.
In order to reconstruct the space, a patterned folding sheet was produced from the tableau. Of the 40 photographs, only 18 squares and 8 triangles are needed in order to be able to fold together a three-dimensional object from them. The images stay the same in terms of their arrangement with each other and their sequence, only that they drift apart because intersections and overlaps remain.
The folding sheet is folded into a rhombicuboctahedron, a three-dimensional object. The interior space of the birdhouse appears in reverse on the outside. We see that which is ahead of us, while that which is behind us is on the other side of the object. In order to be able to see it, we have to turn the object or walk around it. The space as an object hides many views that the space as a surface has revealed. The interior space has been inverted into an exterior surface.



Cities Potential Space ARQUITETURAS’15

Gusztáv Hámos, Katja Pratschke, 2014, Germany, 30′

CITIES (POTENTIAL SPACE) provides a thematic context to potential spaces in the city; it is concerned here with the opening up of urban spaces in which to act and the extent to which life can be shaped. The city is unaware of stillness; it changes, perishes, emerges anew, always in a state of becoming. The possible can also be regarded as the reverse side of the necessary or actual. The shape which the city could have assumed, how the city will appear in the future – these are the aspects we explore in our project. We investigate urban visions and city models, spatial and temporal passages, borderlines, places of transition and thresholds.




Gusztáv Hámos, born 1955 in Budapest, lives in Berlin. He is a media artist, curator and author. He has held professorships and teaching assignments at the DFFB Berlin, UdK Berlin, HFF Potsdam-Babelsberg and Merzakademie Stuttgart. His artistic work includes video, film, photography and installations and has been exhibited at Documenta 8, La Biennale di Venezia, ZKM Karlsruhe, Ernst Múzeum Budapest and Ludwig Múzeum Budapest. His videos and films have been screened at the Tate Modern London, SFMOMA, Centre Georges Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, Videobrasil Sao Paulo, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Salt Istanbul and Art Basel Miami, among others. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, NBK Berlin, Múzeum Ludwig Budapest, C3 Budapest, Kunstsammlung NRW and ZKM Karlsruhe. His films and videos are distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix New York City and Arsenal Experimental Berlin.

Katja Pratschke, born 1967 in Frankfurt am Main, lives in Berlin. She studied film at the Lodz Film School, Poland, and media art at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. She has teaching assignments at the UdK Berlin and Filmuniversität Babelsberg. Since 2006 she has organised photofilm seasons with Thomas Tode and Gusztáv Hámos, with whom she has collaborated since 1998. Her films and installations have been shown at the Tate Modern London, SFMOMA, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, the 63rd Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia, Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe, Múzeum Ludwig Budapest and KHOJ New Delhi, among others. She has received various awards and grants, including the German Short Film Award, the travel grant from the Hessische Kulturstiftung and Artist-in-Residence grants in Venice and Istanbul.