Workshop 11 - Lighting and Design - Livable Modernity

Workshop

During the course participants develop and experiment with lighting design installations based on film and visual arts history research, reflecting on the 2019 main topic of the international seminar week, ‘Better Communities’ through creating visual representations of the critical attitude towards communication issues in the modern cities of Europe.

The starting point is modernism in film – its topics (especially lack of communication among people living contemporary cities) and its film style. By exploring European modernist style, with a special focus on Antonioni, we research and analyse its use in contemporary film to create a theoretical foundation and inspiration for the students’ lighting design projects.

The course starts with a presentation discussing the above described film history background, during which students are also asked about their film experiences.
The second presentation going to be about architectural lighting design mainly focusing on lighting in public spaces.

During the practical stage of the course students will have to work in small groups and build small-scale experimental models to investigate different light and shadow effects, spatial perception and how different lighting tools in public places effect people’s behavior, social relationship, activities and communication.

Prior to the course week, students are asked to watch the following films on their own:
Antonioni: The Night (La notte, 1961) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054130/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_19
Antonioni: L’Eclisse (1962) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056736/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_18
Gaspar Noé: Irreversible (2002) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0290673/?ref_=nm_ov_bio_lk1
Kar-Wai Wong: In the Mood for Love (2000) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118694/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Further films of interest:
Antonioni: L’Avventura (1960)
Antonioni: Red Desert (Il deserto rosso, 1964)
Antonioni: Blow-Up (1966)
Gaspar Noé: Enter the Void (2009)
Kar-Wai Wong: 2046 (2004)
Steve McQueen: Shame (2011)
Kiarostami: Certified Copy (Copie Conforme, 20019)
Refn: The Neon Demon (2016)

Please Bring Along

laptop, camera (at least 1 per 4-5 student), scissors, cutter

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