For this year's Summer School the theme was 'Portrait of Aarhus' – the year prior to the city becoming European Capital of Culture. As a festival CAFx is offering a platform to investigate film as an artistic, educational, and explorative tool within design, architecture, and urban planning.
Below is a selection of the short film portraits made in collaboration with Aarhus School of Architecture. Find all the films from the summer school here.
Fuck Yeah Gellerup by Robert Martin - 2 min | 2016
About the film:
In 2017 Aarhus will become the European Capital of Culture. This year-long festival will use a series of cultural events to generate cultural, social and economic benefits that can help to foster urban regeneration, change the city’s image and raise its visibility on the international stage. For example, events such as New Nordic Noir will use television series to create touristic excitement and economic development around struggling fringe towns in the mid-Jutland area.
Fuck Yeah Gellerup proposes to employ a similar strategy by focusing on the aesthetic traits of a 1960s modernist housing project. By cropping, abstracting and fragmenting images of Gellerup, the project hopes to create an awareness of its unique spatial qualities that are often overlooked in this typology of housing because of stigmatized views and high immigrant populations.
Processing of Space (The Port) by Sofie Stilling - 3 min | 2016
About the film:
How can cinematographic tools and practices be used in the architectural design process? Film gives you a broader understanding of a site. It communicates the spatial relations through movement and sound, capturing not only the ambience within the frame, but also outside the field of the camera vision. In editing footage, you process your observations and form the spine of your narrative into a sensorial experience for others.
With a film narrative you can create a more complex representation of reality, than the usual two dimensional pictures, plan and section. The transformation of old port areas into residential areas, and the shutoff of industrial ports from the public due to terror regulations. The ports constitutes a refugee from the homogenized city. A space which inspires reflection; its alienating scale, its unfamiliar form language and soundscape. Shutting off ports and erasing its structures into new residential areas, shuts off the access to this reflective space, the city’s subconscious.
Produced during CAFx Summer School 'Portrait of Aarhus'
9-19 August 2016 at Aarhus School of Architecture.
Studio_03: Abstract by Léopold Lambert and Johann Lurf.
Future Architecture Platform
Aarhus School of Architecture
Co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union
Supported by The Danish Art Council