quadro

the video quadro (italian for square, picture, frame) is a film portrait of a monumental 1960s apartment block built in the italian coastal city of trieste. resembling a fortress, this imposing structure, laid out in the shape of a square, floats on top of a hill overlooking the city.

this edifice embodies its period’s ideas of a social utopia in a bold concrete structure without any scale.

its material and structure serve as elements which unite the filmic interpretation. the rhythm of the editing corresponds to the architectural body’s meter. constructed space is manifested in filmic time.

artist and architect lotte schreiber juxtaposes two materials, exposed concrete and glass, against super8 and digital video.

together with the intense electronic soundtrack by stefan neméth, the contemplative flow of images develops an irresistible suggestive draw. again and again the rigidly framed static shots in grainy black and white are abruptly torn apart by extremely unsteady video footage.

this video is not an architectural documentary in a conventional sense. its sole foundation is solely the filmmaker’s subjective fascination with the constructed manifestation of a radical design idea and a failed social utopia. (Norbert Pfaffenbichler)

Translation: Steve Wilder

Orig. Title
quadro
Year
2002
Countries
Austria, Italy
Duration
10 min
Director
Lotte Schreiber
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
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Credits
Director
Lotte Schreiber
Cinematography
Dariusz Kowalski, Lotte Schreiber, Norbert Pfaffenbichler
Music
Stefan Németh
Production
VIDOK
Supported by
Wien Kultur, BKA. Kunst
Available Formats
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Festivals (Selection)
2002
Wien - Viennale - Int. Filmfestwochen
2003
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
Nyon - visions du réel - Festival Int. du Cinéma Documentaire
Osnabrück - EMAF - European Media Art Festival
Barcelona - Sonar Int. Festival of Advanced Music
Karlsruhe - Int. Medienkunstpreis
Luzern - VIPER - Int. Film und Video Festival
Weimar - back-up festival. new media in film
Hong Kong - Int. Film Festival
Kassel - Dokumentarfilm- & Videofest
Chicago Underground Film Festival
2004
Triest - Alpe Adria Cinema - Film Festival
Pesaro - Film Festival
Utrecht - Impakt Festival
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival
2019
Helsinki - metakino Architecture Film Festival