Like in any creative art, the architectural film genre can only grow through seeking and supporting innovation. In celebrating multi-media architecture and art, the Henning Larsen Foundation launched the Architecture and Film Competition last fall, which aims to stretch the boundaries of the unique film genre. Based on the similarities between architecture and film, the competition's theme focused on the experience of architectural space over time.
Read on for more.
Entrants worldwide had to create a film sequence of 1-5 minutes that animates architecture by embracing time as the primary dimension. The Evaluation Committee judged the films based on artistic merit and potential to inspire new approaches to the media of architecture and film.
On August 20 — the birthday of the late Henning Larsen — the Foundation announced the three winning films. If you're going to the upcoming Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York, the films be shown during the Short Films Walk event on October 7. You can also catch the films during the official Festival period on October 13-18.
Otherwise, you can watch all three films right below!
1ST PRIZE (€9,000): 78 Hours
by Cole Phoenix Skaggs | New York, USA
Location: Millstein Hall, Department of Architecture at Cornell University (Designed by Rem Koolhaas and OMA)
Cole Phoenix Skaggs on his film: 'This film attempts to capture one time cycle of the space as its transient occupants whirl through their lives. It silently holds firm a space of memories, atmospheres and emotions. Time choreographs the space and Chopin’s Waltz No. 7 conducts the film.'
2ND PRIZE (€6,000): detournement
by Sam Renseiw | Copenhagen, Denmark
Location: Højerup Old Church, Denmark
Sam Renseiw on his film: 'Filmed on location at Højerup Old Church in Denmark, the video is a 'one-shot,' i.e. a continuous recording in time and space from the perspective of a single handheld camera. The viewer is confronted with various aspects of time and space speculations: the location is of great geological importance, and parts of the 13th-century church disappeared into the sea in 1928 as the cliffs collapsed.'
3RD PRIZE (€3,000): "Untitled"
by Barbara Bohr | Copenhagen, Denmark.
Film photography by Agapi Triantafillidis.
Location: Warehouse, south of Copenhagen, Denmark
Barbara Bohr on her film: 'If I show you a place that is bright at the top and dark at the bottom, you will interpret it as a mountain lit from above, not as a crater lit from below.'
- Troels Troelsen, Architect, Chairman, Henning Larsen Foundation
- Christian Braad Thomsen, Film Instructor and Author
- Bente Scavenius, Master of Arts and Board Member, Henning Larsen Foundation
- Peter Møller Rasmussen, Architect, Head of Programming, Copenhagen Architecture X Film Festival
- Jette Lehmann, Production Designer
- Vinca Wiedemann, Principal, The National Film School of Denmark (Alternate)
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