Architecture on Screen – Cinema series commissioned by the Norman Foster Foundation for Sala Equis.

September 28, 2018

On the occasion of the 15th Madrid Architecture Week, the Norman Foster Foundation presents Architecture on Screen, a cinema series commissioned by the foundation for Sala Equis.

From the early twentieth century, both Architecture and Cinema found ways to express new ideas and develop avant-garde languages.  Avant-garde movements such as Futurism introduced a close link between art, cinema and architecture, as seen in Sant Elia’s drawings, which convey the idea of the industrial city, moving trains, and industrial buildings inspired by hydroelectric power plants with the machine as a metaphor. Expressionism focused on an emotional approach to art and other disciplines. From buildings like the Glass Pavilion by Bruno Taut, or Kokoschka´s or Kirchner´s paintings to films such as Das cabinet des Dr. Caligari or Nosferatu. Schools such as the Bauhaus further illustrate the symbiosis between both disciplines, with cinema studies and their popular thematic parties as performative projects constituting the starting point for a series of interdisciplinary relationships at the academy.

The series, commissioned by the Norman Foster Foundation for Sala Equis, includes acclaimed and controversial films from the twenties such as Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1929), which introduced models into cinematic production for the first time, including suspended elements, blurred images and large-scale machines, in order to create the impression of fast and ephemeral structures; films where the city or the urban environment become characters by themselves, such as Blade Runner (1982) or Manhattan (1979), where sequences revolve around images—buildings, bridges and citizens—as we see the entire city of New York over the course of a day; reflexive documentaries on the environment, as Manufactured Landscapes (2008), where photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial development; and films about influential figures, such as the short Bucky Fuller & Spaceship Earth (2010), which traces Fuller’s life and career, championing the work and figure of a genius who was misunderstood and alienated in his time.

The series will open on 4 October at 7 p.m. with the screening of the documentary How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?, which traces the rise of Norman Foster, along with a conversation between the director, Norberto López-Amado, Manuel Blanco, director of the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (ETSAM) and Estrella de Diego, writer and researcher, history of art professor at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and member of the Norman Foster Foundation’s advisory board.

Architecture on Screen – Programme

4 October
7:00 p.m.: How much does your building weigh, Mr Foster?
Norberto López Amado and Carlos Carcas, 2010, UK, 78 min.

10 p.m.: Metropolis 
Fritz Lang, 1927, Germany, 153 min.

5 October
10 p.m.: Blade Runner 
Ridley Scott, 1982, USA, 117 min.

6 October
4:30 p.m.: Manufactured Landscapes 
Jennifer Baichwal, 2008, Canada, 80 min.

7:00 p.m.: Manhattan 
Woody Allen, 1979, USA, 96 min.

7 October
4:30 p.m.: Manhattan
Woody Allen, 1979, USA, 96 min.

8 October
10 p.m.: Europa Europa 
Agnieszka Holland, 1990, Germany, 115 min.

9 October
10 p.m.: Bucky Fuller & Spaceship Earth + How much does your building weigh, Mr Foster?
Carlos Carcas, 2010, Spain,  20 min.
Norberto López Amado and Carlos Carcas, 2010, UK, 78 min.

10 October
7:00 p.m.: Europa Europa 
Agnieszka Holland, 1990, Germany, 115 min.

10 p.m.: Blade Runner
Ridley Scott, 1982, USA, 117 min.

11 October
7:00 p.m.: Metropolis
Fritz Lang, 1927, Germany, 153 min.

10 p.m.: Manufactured Landscapes 
Jennifer Baichwal, 2008, Canada, 80 min.

For further information, please visit www.salaequis.es