Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh
Wednesday, April 13, 6 pm - 8:30 pm
This is a group of screenings and panel discussion about the function, uses, and aesthetics of documentaries about architecture, space, and siting on British television. It connects to a season of screenings that will be held in June 2016 at the British Film Institute. The Pitt event, a proposed event at the Birkbeck Institute of the Moving Image, and the BFI season are all a result of the new research partnership between Pitt and BIMI. This is a large scale project that includes a special journal issue and several events that was conceived at the first Pitt/BIMI Research Workshop in May 2015.
While part of the project is about the peculiar history of this documentary mode in British cultural life, the Pitt event has a slightly more general focus. Discussion will focus on how film and television invite non-specialist audiences to engage with architecture, and how visual media can personalize the spatial experience of moving through and around buildings.
Nairn Across Britain: From London to Lancashire (1972) - 28 minutes
Monitor: London Moods (1961) - 10 minutes
Building Sights: Willis Corroon with Zaha Hadid (1996) - 10 minutes
The Unseen Hand: Ove Arup (1995) - 35 minutes
Christopher Drew Armstrong, History of Art & Architecture, Pitt
John A. Twyning, Assoc. Dean for Undergraduate Studies/Associate Professor of English, Pitt
Sarah Rafson, Architectural Curator
Kevin M. Flanagan, Film Studies/ English, Pitt
Catered Reception to Follow!
Part of an upcoming “Broadcasting the Arts” Season at the BFI Southbank, London. Planned through a joint research initiative between University of Pittsburgh Film Studies and the Birkbeck Institute of the Moving Image. Sponsored by the Dept. of Film Studies and the Year of the Humanities Initiative.
Location and Address
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Reception to follow