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FILM AND ARCHITECTURE

CODE 106705
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 8467 STORIA DELL'ARTE E VALORIZZAZ. PATRIMONIO ARTISTICO(LM-89) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ICAR/18
    LANGUAGE English
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The module will focus on the study of the interdisciplinary dialogue between film and architecture. Starting from the early days of cinema we will consider the two disciplines’ engagement with a range of styles and art movements. We will explore how specific typologies of spaces are represented on film and, at the same time, focus on the spaces of exhibition– the movie theatre, but also the museum and the built environment as a site for film and media projection, with particular attention to the element of sound and acoustics in film and architecture.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The module aims to provide a critical framework facilitating meaningful interdisciplinary dialogue between film and architecture, considering both cinematic representations of the built environment and the ways in which these representations have influenced architectural practice.

    On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

    • A detailed understanding of the relationship of cinematic arts to architecture and the built environment.
    • Systematic interdisciplinary knowledge regarding the histories and theories found at the intersection of architecture and film, including technical considerations.
    • The ability to critically analyse and form considered judgements regarding the aesthetic treatment of architecture in film.

    PREREQUISITES

    None

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lectures, discussions, in-class analysis of seminal works.

    Classes are held in person. Attendance, although not compulsory, is recommended. No remote learning is available for this course.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Key Topics

    • Historical and cultural constructions of space in cinema
    • Cinema as urban critique
    • Cinematic representations of the ‘global city’
    • The role of sonic narratives in the creation of virtual spatial experiences
    • Utopian and dystopian cinematic urbanism
    • Visionary architecture and the cinematic arts

    Course content does not differ for attending and non-attending students.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Indicative Reading

    Barber, S. (2004). Projected Cities: Cinema and Urban Space. Reaktion.

    Bruno, G. (2002). Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture, and Film. Verso.

    Cairns, G. (2013). Architecture of the Screen: Essays in Cinematographic Space. Intellect.

    Clarke, D. (1997). The Cinematic City. Taylor & Francis.

    Lamster, M. (2000). Architecture and Film. Princeton Architectural Press.

    Mennel, B. (2019). Cities and Cinema. Routledge

    Pallasmaa, J. (2007). The Architecture of Image: Existential Space in Cinema. Rakennustieto.

    Penz, F., Koeck, R. (2017). Cinematic Urban Geographies. Palgrave Macmillan.

    Shonfield, K. (2000). Walls Have Feelings: Architecture, Film & the City. Routledge.

    This list is not exhaustive and is subject to change. The course has NO SET TEXT. These core works will be supplemented with articles made available throughout the semester. Further bibliographic indications and guidance regarding the MANDATORY RESEARCH PROJECT will be given upon module commencement. There are NO ADDITIONAL TEXTS for non-attending students; those intending to sit the exam without attending the lessons are advised to make themselves known to the course coordinator, to ensure that their research projects meet minimum requirements.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    JOEL ALEXANDER CATHCART (President)

    PAOLA VALENTI

    ALESSANDRO FERRARO (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    February 2023

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral examination. Students will be required to develop, present and discuss a personal research project which interfaces with the module’s principal themes and critical framework.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

     

    • Originality of the chosen research topic
    • Detailed understanding of key theoretical concepts, historical and cultural contexts
    • Analytical clarity and nuance
    • Communicative skills
    • Appropriate use of terminology
    • Bibliographical awareness (not limited to content directly referenced during contact hours)

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    13/12/2022 15:30 GENOVA Orale
    24/01/2023 15:30 GENOVA Orale
    07/02/2023 15:30 GENOVA Orale
    09/05/2023 15:30 GENOVA Orale
    13/06/2023 15:30 GENOVA Orale
    27/06/2023 15:30 GENOVA Orale
    11/07/2023 15:30 GENOVA Orale
    12/09/2023 15:30 GENOVA Orale