Two Projects by Friedrich Kiesler
Architecture as Autobiography. The film shows two projects of the Austrian artist and architectural visionary Friedrich Kiesler (1890-1965): the model for an "Endless House", designed by him in 1959 and exhibited at the Kiesler Foundation Vienna, and the building "The Shrine of the Book", realized from 1959 to 1965 in Jerusalem together with Armand Bartos. The shooting took place in June 2006. In the film, the walls of the "Endless House" become media projection surfaces that combine an analysis of the building complex in Jerusalem with narratives about rooms in New York City. The film is the conclusion of the film trilogy of buildings by Adolf Loos, Rudolph Schindler and Friedrich Kiesler, realized by Heinz Emigholz.
The film is part of the film series "Photography and Beyond". The theme of the films is active design and projection – ideas that have become real – visible as writing, drawing, photography, architecture and sculpture. A quasi inverted process of seeing is analyzed – seeing as expression, not as impression. The eye as the interface between the brain and the outside world, the gaze as a composing force that turns an inside out and presents it mirrored in reality. From documented and animated notebooks and sketchbooks, through filmic analyses of architecture and sculpture, something indescribable is formed: a film about the objectification of mental ideas.
© Pym Film, Amour Fou, Heinz Emigholz Filmproduktion, KGP Filmproduktion
PHOTOGRAPHY AND BEYOND – part 14
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (Oberhausen, Germany)