Spatial Narratives

The birth and evolution of film art was parallel to that of modern architecture. Both of them are complementary versions of the phenomenon of modernity. The modern architecture set the configuration of the image of postwar cities. Similarly, film was the most popular means of representation of the new urban environment. The influence of cinema remains strong in the contemporary era of Internet and video games. During a period of excessive exposure to information, cinema remains a powerful narrative medium. Moreover, the proliferation of new media based on moving images such as video and architectural animation, gives added value to the knowledge of art and techniques of cinema. The object of the course involves: An overview of the basic tools of cinema representation of space; the study of key examples of cinematic representation of space, architecture and cities; analysis of cinematic spatial narratives and their symbolic value. The course structure includes screening of excerpts from key works of film history and discussion upon the relations between cinema and architecture.