052-0726-21L  ACTION! On the Real City: The Audiovisual Poetics of Circularity

SemesterFrühjahrssemester 2021
DozierendeH. Klumpner, C. E. Papanicolaou
Periodizitätjedes Semester wiederkehrende Veranstaltung

KurzbeschreibungGiving audiovisual form to the concept of ‘circular economy’, we will encourage students to think about the socio-economic relations that constitute our cities, through the use of digital media. Students will develop new forms of urban literacy in the process, combining ethnographic social research methods with filmmaking (using smartphones and Adobe Premiere Pro) and other forms of digital media.
LernzielThrough a combination of practical exercises in video and audio techniques in parallel with the study of seminal observation-driven texts like, this course aims to equip students with the basic tools and core principles to create short but complex portraits of urban space.

This approach will be applied to the study of the concept of ‘circular economies’ in an era of social distancing. Students will reflect on and project visions of how production, consumption and trade can continue developing, based on ‘thick’ analyses of physical locations where such production and consumption takes place. Through repeat observation, students will collectively speculate on what the ‘circular economy’ actually means through mosaics of their impressions, manifested through film.

Using widely available recording tools and editing software, students will turn their fieldwork into short video or audio works of about 3-5 minutes.
InhaltThe course will composed of lectures, practical crash courses in media use and storytelling, and fieldwork sessions. The course will be a laboratory in the creation of short media works that aim to inform the architectural design process, working between the city and the studio in ONA. Students will be expected to complete all required work within the hours that the elective meets, with few requirements outside of the class hours.
LiteraturSeminal texts include:

- ‘Cross-Cultural Filmmaking’ (Barbash, Castaing-Taylor)
- ‘Acoustic Territories’ (LaBelle)
- 'Ethnography: Principles in Practice' (Hammersley, Atkinson)
- 'Thick Description: Toward an Interpretative Theory of Culture (Geertz)
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesFor students from all disciplines.

Software required:

Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe After Effects
Cinema 4D (Free, available online)

We aim to cap the course at 20 students, giving priority to students who also sign up to the Klumpner Chair Architectural Design Studio. It is strongly recommended to take both courses in parallel.

Lecturers/contacts: Prof. Klumpner, Doz. Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou and Dr. Michael Walczak