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Curatorial Events, Film, Talk

The Fourth Wall

This season of Film and Architecture in 2011 revealed architecture as both protagonist and active participant within the fabric of filmmaking. It also harnesses the immersive and narrative capabilities of film.

It also harnesses the immersive and narrative capabilities of film. Rather than seeing the medium as a purely documentary tool, we are prompted to consider how film can unveil the intrinsic, even elusive, qualities of buildings and their settings. By attending to the richness of architectural place and space, this series asks questions and challenges preconceptions about how we inhabit architecture, both temporally and spiritually, as well as through memory and fiction. Many of the films in this series have never before been shown in Ireland.

In addition, there was a specially curated selection of footage from the IFI Irish Film Archive, and a symposium organised by GradCAM (Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media) in collaboration with UCD, Irish Architecture Foundation and the IFI.


The Fourth Wall – The Films:

Koolhaas HouseLife by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine (2008)
Interiors, 2006 by Ursula Mayer (2006)
A Girl is a Fellow Here produced by Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation
Beaubourg. Four films by Denis Postle (1980)
Botharbui by Heathcote Barr London (2008)
The Dilapidated Dwelling by Patrick Keiller (2000)
If Buildings Could Talk by Wim Wenders (2010)
Mon Oncle by Jacques Tati (1959)
Block B by Chris Chong Chan Fui (2008)
Chain by Jem Cohen (2004)
Daybreak Express by D. A. Pennebaker
Los Angelus Plays Itself by Thom Andersen (2003)
Dublin: Sean agus Nua (Short films from the IFI Archive)

The Fourth Wall wass presented with the support of the French Embassy in Ireland, the Goethe-Institut Irland, UCD and GradCAM and Unthink designed ‘The Fourth Wall’ logos and posters.