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Film is a dynamic representational medium offering the ability to collapse time and compose visual narratives frame-by-frame. Like cinematography, architecture engages spaces within the view frame as well as the ambient effects of spaces beyond. In both practices, time may be translated into measures of movement and occupancies of space.

Apart from architecture informing scenography and cities serving as backdrops for moving images, film discourses have actively participated in shaping and critiquing the built environment. And while architecture and design may not necessarily be central themes in a film, their latent influences inform cinematic processes of thinking and making.

In his book, The Architecture of Image: Existential Space in Cinema, Juhani Pallasmaa explores the shared experiential territory of architecture and cinema through existential space. Building upon the analogous relationship between cinematic processes and built form, the 2020 Architecture & Film Symposium, Of movement, explores ideas that intersect at the development of concept, context, and making in the overlapping domains film and architecture.

Hosted by the University of Cincinnati, School of Architecture and Interior Design, the symposium adopts cinematic representations of the built environment as a cultural lens for interdisciplinary theoretical debate. It exploits the filmic capacity to produce virtual spatial experiences as a form of design experimentation. By focusing on actions of joining form and space with materiality, Of movement will investigate shared conditions at the scale of buildings, landscapes, interior spaces, and the city.

Of movement will consider the following:

  • How do films construct historical and cultural narratives of space?
  • How does architecture enable, facilitate, empower, and challenge the cinematic narrative?
  • How does film represent, filter, manipulate, and alter our perception of past, present, and future in the built environment?
  • How can film be used to frame theoretical making/teaching pedagogies in architecture and design?
  • How does film provoke design innovation and vice versa?
  • How do cinematic narratives featuring artists, architects, and designers inform/misinform public understanding of the creative disciplines?

Of movement offers a critical forum for presenting creative practices and scholarship of historical, theoretical, realized, and speculative work involving film, architecture, and design.  More specifically, it endeavors to promote innovation in design theory, pedagogy, and practice.

The symposium invites interdisciplinary research and collaborations that include, but are not limited to architecture, urbanism, cinematography, scenography, spatial design, interiors, landscapes, adaptive reuse, preservation, industrial design, graphic design, fashion, media studies, the humanities, and the performing arts. The symposium seeks the work of directors, producers, artists, architects, designers, theorists, historians, and others engaged in making, sharing, critiquing, and celebrating the cinematic arts.

Suggested Themes

  • Memory, Identity, and Space
  • Modernity
  • Globalization
  • Urbanity
  • Inhabitation
  • Interiority
  • Domesticity
  • Suburbia
  • Nostalgia
  • Utopia/Dystopia
  • Sci-Fi Urbanism
  • Post-Apocalyptic Ecologies
  • The Anthropocene
  • The Sublime
  • Architecture of the Uncanny
  • Noir Cityscapes
  • Terror
  • Postmodern Space and Humor
  • Social Justice
  • Race, Class, and Spatial Segregation
  • Gender Studies and Sexuality
  • Virtual Realities
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborations

Submissions

  • Paper Presentations
  • Poster Presentations
  • Moving Image/Film Presentations
  • Pecha Kucha Presentations

Requirements

Paper Presentation: Papers presented in the symposium will be published in the symposium proceedings.  Papers must report on completed research and/or creative work and cannot be previously published.

  • Manuscript: 4,000-word maximum including abstract and endnotes
  • Abstract: 300-word abstract describing the paper
  • Images: Up to 5 images (low resolution) must be embedded into the manuscript
  • Format: Papers must be sent in MS Word format up to 10 MB in size
  • Blind Peer Review: Omit all author names or institution identifiers for anonymity
  • Contact Details: Provide full name, university, department, and title of corresponding author
  • Authors: Provide a list of author(s) as they are to appear in the publication
  • Papers must be written in English

Moving Image/Film Presentation: Moving Image/Film presentations in the symposium will be published in the symposium proceedings with a still image and accompanying abstract. Moving Image/Film presentations may take the form of various creative endeavors. Moving Image presentations may run in duration up to 15 minutes. Accepted Moving Image projects will be sorted into moderated presentation sessions. Accepted authors will be required to complete a copyright transfer form and agree to present at the symposium. Only presented work will be published in the symposium proceedings.

  • Abstract: 500-word abstract describing the project
  • Images: 5 still images from the film in a single PDF format up to 10 MB in size
  • Format:  Moving Image Submissions to be digitally transferred in as a (password-protected) Vimeo ULR (see instructions here)
  • Duration: Up to 15 minutes
  • Blind Peer Review: Omit all author names or institution identifiers for anonymity
  • Contact Details: Provide full name, university, department, and title of corresponding author
  • Authors: Provide a list of author(s) as they are to appear in the publication

Poster Presentation: Posters presented in the symposium will be published in the symposium proceedings.  Posters must present completed or in-process creative work. Posters will be presented in a gallery format and in moderated sessions. Accepted poster submissions will be sorted into moderated presentation sessions. Accepted authors will be required to complete a copyright transfer form and agree to present their project at the symposium. Only presented posters will be published in the symposium proceedings.

  • Abstract: 500-word abstract describing the project
  • Poster: 20” x 30” portrait orientation graphic
  • Format:  Posters to be submitted in PDF format up to 18 MB in size
  • Blind Peer Review: Omit all author names or institution identifiers for anonymity
  • Contact Details: Provide full name, university, department, and title of corresponding author
  • Authors: Provide a list of author(s) as they are to appear in the publication
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