Elizabeth Umbanhowar; BE Colloquium, 2013.11.21

2013.11.21 Elizabeth Umbanhowar

Film as an analytical tool
Film as a design tool

Technology does not adequately address multisensory experience as space
A distracted experience, not coherent narratives (filmic flaneury and derive)
Visceral movement
Does not capture embodiment


1) Film as landscape
 subject — place docs
 setting — e.g. Blade runner (dark city? CoLC?)
 Character — Aguirre wrath of god, 1972 (requiem for a dream)
 Experiment — Stan Brakhage

Cinema — implies movement -> moving images. Greek kinema… Kinematics.
potential for documenting the city as movement, or the movement of the city

Kevin Lynch, Image of the City

Rene Clair, Paris qui dort, 1925 — city is frozen (a little like Dark City?)

Walter Ruttman Berlin: symphony of a city, 1927 uses montage

“the city is composed of many moving parts”

2) Landscape as movement

3) Movement and experience in 2/3/4 D

Embodiment, how we put ourselves in space

Pictorial movement versus actual movement

Walking, Walking and narrative

Design stuff
Site analysis

My ideas and questions:

Editing allows for Time expansion and compression 
Split screening to simulate multilayered experience

Situationists: (filmic flaneury and derive)
 Phenomenological experimentation: Street Sounds idea

Photograph as map, thus film as moving images is a sort of moving map

Projection and display:: Doug Aitken: interiors (2005)

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