Architecture and Cinema


Place, space, time, narrative and materiality in cinema, together with implications for architectural design thinking and practice. 


Professor Michael Tawa

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Architecture, at Sydney School of Architecture, Design & Planning

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This research area proposes an investigation of parallel conditions in architecture and cinema - particularly the conceptualisation and composition of place, space, time, materiality and narrative in cinematographic and architectural practices. Projectd might investigate a range of themes to mobilise a reconsideration of cinema and architecture as non-representational practices, where films and buildings are read and designed as assemblages not directed to formal expression of meaning, but to the framing of strategic and enabling conditions of emergent sense, realised within the tectonic and material conditions of the cinematic and the architectural as such. Projects might involve analyses of precedents in film, music, painting and architecture to foreground tectonic and compositional characteristics related to spatiality, temporality and narrative that are transferable across disciplines and practices. The thematic framework of this research area invites an engagement with theoretical material by Heidegger, Simondon, Deleuze, Nancy, Agamben and Stiegler, among others; classical modernist and postmodernist films by Dreyer, Antonioni, Hitchcock, Godard, Paradjanov, Tarkovski, Herzog, Lynch and Heneke; or contemporary and experimental film practices. 

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architecture, cinema, place, space, time, materiality, narrative

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1156

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