Tuesday, 10 May 2011

The Fourth Wall

This weekend I gorged myself a small bit on architectural screenings. Currently running in the IFI is The Fourth Wall, a season of architectural films curated by Nathalie Weadick of the IAF and Samantha Martin-McAuliffe of UCD Architecture. The season explores architecture as a protagonist, or sometimes as a physical manifestation or extension of a character. It looks to show architectures margins, and to tell its story from alternative viewpoints.

The most enjoyable screening so far has been Koolhaas HouseLife by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoîne. Koolhaas HouseLife invites the viewer to a tour of Rem Koolhaas' Maison à Bordeaux, given by the cleaner Guadalupe. Right from the off you are confronted by the difference between the idealism of the design and the reality of living and caring for it. Rather than a critique of the house, it's a warm and witty film that grounds statement architecture in the realm of the everyday. Well worth a watch if you come across it, and the trailer's below.

The programme to come includes screenings of footage of Dublin from the Irish Film Archive and a filmic essay by Thom Anderson about LA entitled Los Angeles Plays Itself. Running all week is Wim Wenders' If Buildings Could Talk, a short 3D exploration of SANAA's Rolex Learning Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland, which is a really beautiful building. And it features SANAA on segways. Nuff said, really.