ARCHITECTURAL PERIPHERIES OF DUBLIN:
A SHORT FILM WORKSHOP
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 May 2011, 3‐6 pm, EXCHANGE DUBLIN
In Playtime it is Paris itself that has been decentered
and displaced to the periphery. John Ockman
Tutor: Dr. Gül Kacmaz Erk
Co‐tutor: Sinead Curran
In partnership with Irish Architecture Foundation, Exchange Dublin & Irish Film Institute.
As part of The Fourth Wall, a season of film which illuminates the point of encounter between architecture and the moving image, presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, film and architecture specialist Dr. Gül Kacmaz Erk has devised PERIPHERIES, a one‐week workshop for individuals interested in filming architecture and the city.
Unlike drawing and photography, film is a medium of representation that is not used on a daily basis in architecture. If ‘the medium is the message’, filming architecture deserves exploration. Film makes use of design variables such as light, colour, movement, texture, pattern, scale and transparency as a significant aspect of its narration. Form, space, time, nature, sound, text, fabric and other design elements are all included in the core of a film. So how can we benefit from filmmaking to express our ideas on architecture and the city? With this question in mind, we will view and discuss feature and short films about urban architecture, and re‐produce Dublin through filming. Doing so, we intend to develop an awareness of the relationship between the city/architecture and cinema.
The target of the workshop is to make a short film within the boundaries of the city. As a Dubliner, or an outsider to the city, you will be making a film in and about Dublin within the theme of PERIPHERIES. The theme may include concepts such as urban network, context, territory, centre, margin, border, edge, transition, transformation, proximity, and intimacy, which we will be talking about throughout the workshop in relation to the films screened and produced. In this workshop, theory and practice are brought together. A theoretical basis on the relationship of film and urban architecture will be provided ‐not by the tutor through lectures but by the participants through discussion. We will explore the world of cinema to portray our ideas about cities and the built environment. The participants are expected to familiarise themselves with the software of their choice before the workshop.
Participants are also encouraged to submit their films to the Peripheries conference at Queen’s University Belfast (www.qub.ac.uk/sites/Peripheries2011Conference). The deadline is 1 August.
Duration: 1 week, 10th ‐16th May. Workshops are scheduled for 3‐6pm each day. Participants will also need to work on their films at other times, see Process and Timetable below.
Fee: €60 per participant
Location: Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Number of participants: maximum 20 (open to all)
Group work: possible (participants may work alone or in groups up to three)
Outcome: one short film per group/individual
Experience: Filmmaking experience is not required but participants must be familiar with the editing software they intend to use
Please email Rachel McAree, Education Curator, Irish Architecture Foundation
Please include your name, email address and phone number, plus up to 200 words on why you want to attend the workshop.
Fee €60 per participant
per group/individual: a digital video camera (or a digital camera that shoots film)
per group/individual: a laptop with related editing software (of participant’s preference)
drawing instruments (of participant’s preference)
short film clips related to theme, (max 3 mins, your own work or others) to share with group
PROCESS & TIMETABLE
1 Tuesday 10 May (3‐6 pm)
The workshop starts with snacks, the introduction, the screening of film clips, and their discussion in terms of their architectural and urban qualities. The screening includes clips introduced by the tutor as well as the ones selected and provided by the participants. (Each participant is expected to bring in one film clip or short film related to the theme, not longer than 3 minutes.) Basic reading on the subject will be provided upon request.
On Tuesday evening and/or Wednesday, the participants explore the city/city centre (on their own), and sketch for the (A3) concept board and/or storyboard of their film. (Other media may be used for the boards such as collage.) Starting to record the city as to the theme is also a possibility.
2 Wednesday 11 May (3‐6 pm)
In the second meeting of the workshop we will talk about the initial ideas, and continue to watch and talk about the film clips. The participants of the workshop will, then, form into groups of one to three people, and each group will select an architectural/urban theme for their film related to ‘peripheries’, the main theme of the workshop.
On Wednesday evening and/or Thursday, the participants explore the city/city centre (as a group), and sketch for the (A3) concept board and/or storyboard of their film. Also, they will start shooting the footage for their short film in the city/city centre as a group.
3 Thursday 12 May (3‐6 pm)
In the third meeting we will look at the footage as well as the concept boards and storyboards, and discuss the group theme and film proposal.
On Thursday evening and/or Friday, the groups will continue shooting the footage for their film.
4 Friday 13 May (3‐6 pm)
In the fourth meeting Sinead Curran will give a lecture on film editing. She will also answer participants’ technical questions.
On Friday evening and/or Saturday, the groups continue shooting. They will start looking for the right sounds and music, if not using the original sound of the footage. If used, music should
be instrumental, and is preferably composed and played by the participants. Some groups may start editing.
5 Saturday 14 May (6.30-9.30 pm)
In the fifth meeting of the workshop the groups will work on their film at the Exchange venue. Participants help each other with editing, sound/music and credits. Sinead will be there for technical questions. Editing, including camera editing, and sound are optional.
On Saturday evening and/or Sunday, all the films are completed.
6 Sunday 15 May (3‐6 pm)
In the sixth meeting of the workshop the short films are copied, uploaded on Vimeo, and screened and evaluated by the participants.
On Sunday evening and Monday, we all rest and enjoy living/being in Dublin.
7 Monday 16 May (7 pm)
Grand Finale! Reception and public screening of all films on Monday evening at the FILMBASE! All welcome.
Prof. Hugh Campbell (Architecture)
Prof. Kathleen James-Chakraborty (Art history)
Dr. Samantha Martin-McAuliffe (Architectural history)
Dr. Harvey O'Brien (Film studies)
Mr. Paddy Breathnach (Film production)
ABOUT THE TUTORS
Gül received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture at Middle East Technical University. Her master thesis is entitled "Architecture and Cinema: A Relation of Representation Based on Space." She received her PhD in Architectural Design from Istanbul Technical University. She researched for her dissertation entitled "Architectural Space in the Digital Age: Cyberspace, Hyperspace and Exospace in Science Fiction Films" at the University of Pennsylvania. She worked as as an adjunct professor at Philadelphia University and Delft University of Technology. She was an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at Izmir University of Economics, and was a visiting scholar on sabbatical at the University College Dublin. She currently works as a lecturer of architecture at Queen’s University Belfast. You can reach Dr. Gül Kacmaz Erk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dublin based visual artist, Sinéad is working primarily with moving image. She has completed an MA (hons) in Visual Arts Practices, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, BA (hons) in Visual Arts Practices, IADT, BA in Fine Art at Crawford College of Art, Cork and BA in Computing, WIT. She has received a number of awards, including the Arts Council, Create, South Dublin County Council. Her work has been exhibited at Block T, Dublin, Performance Space, Sydney, RDS Art Fair 09, Dublin, Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin, The Lab, Dublin, Broadstone XL, Dublin, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin, Greyfriars Gallery, Waterford, SC Gallery, Zagreb. Sinead currently works as a lecturer in Creative Digital Media at IT Blanchardstown, Dublin. You can reach Sinead Curran at email@example.com.
Posted by Gul Kacmaz Erk