Video installatie voor de bijdrage van Het Berlage Instituut aan de Internationale Architectuur Biënnale Venetië 2006: BEYOND MAPPING. PROJECTING THE CITY. Een rondetafelgesprek tussen vier docenten van Het Berlage Instituut over urbaniteit, architectuur en hun onderzoek in Ljubjana, China, Moscow and Madrid. Hierboven een ‘platte’, lineaire weergave van het gesprek.
Beschrijving van Roemer van Toorn (concept & regie):
Concurrent with the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale (Cities, Architecture and Society, curated by Richard Burdett), the Berlage Institute was invited to showcase its distinctive approach to contemporary architecture in the Italian Pavilion of the Giardini. Four studio workshop projects were highlighted, each presented by a series of graphics and models with corresponding books and video discussions in an over-scaled “roundtable” format.
The video installation “City Talks” presents video conversations with four Berlage Institute studio professors. Four vertically placed LCD monitors “sitting at a table” invite the audience to participate. The total conversation is about 50 minutes. The interviews are held by Jennifer Sigler and Roemer van Toorn. Camera, editing and technique of the installation was in the hands of Zuis Film (Karel Poortman and Neeltje van der Haak). The video installation was directed by Roemer van Toorn.
The four studio professors of the Berlage Institute who are interviewed are Markus Schaefer, Yushi Uehara, Pier Vittorio Aureli and Peter Trummer. They talk about their urban research projects in respectively Ljubjana, China, Moscow and Madrid. Each professor either answers the questions, looks around or shows material of specific interest (like books, quotes or studio material that was of inspiration) while one of the others is talking to the public. The public is provoked to join the conversation at the oversized roundtable on which six oversized project books of every research produced at the Berlage Institute are located.
In the exhibition itself more detailed information on the projects researched can be found on the four walls behind each speaker and in the project books on the table. Talking and debating the result (ideas and positioning) is meant to go first and upfront, while the recording of the material (tools and pragmatics) takes a second stage in the background of the installation in physical form.
Internationale Architectuur Biënnale Venetië | september t/m november 2006
concept & regie Roemer van Toorn
interviews Jennifer Sigler & Roemer van Toorn
productie Zuis Film & Berlage Instituut (Roemer van Toorn & Mick Morssink)
camera, montage & techniek Zuis Film (Karel Poortman & Neeltje Pavicic)
alle foto’s op deze pagina gemaakt door Roemer van Toorn