Borgate

It was originally intended to be modern Italy’s showcase urban project after WWII: the Don Bosco housing project on the southern edge of Rome. Though planned while Mussolini was in power, Don Bosco matches the Modernist style of the 1950s and 1960s and is wholly in harmony with the spirit of postwar reconstruction. As it is comparable to housing projects in other large European cities, this housing project demonstrates the gap between sociopolitical utopias of the Modern age and their reality in a virulent manner.
Borgate is media artist and architect Lotte Schreiber’s latest installment in her series of filmic examinations of architecture and (urban) space.
Schreiber’s works are cartographic portrayals in film form in which she attempts to translate the formal languages of landscape or architecture into a formal language of cine matography. This process was also applied to Borgate: Schreiber consistently transfers Don Bosco, which was designed by the city’s urban planning department, into rigidly framed images and sequences of serial montage.
In the interplay of these mainly static shots and relaxed pans across facades and structural details, combined with quotes from Pasolini and Fellini to Antonioni, Borgate produces a visual and acoustic showcase of failed urban utopias. All this is underlined by Bernhard Lang’s symphonic composition, which gives the “petrification” of the images a wholly dramatic component. This “animation” is reinforced by abrupt intrusions of video fragments in violent motion, resembling what seem to be splinters from a “real space” in the aesthetic filmic space.
In contrast to Antonioni’s men about town, for example, whose psychological crises are reflected in the objets trouvés, wide streets, two-dimensional façades and empty suburban squares, Schreiber searches for and finds precise details and total views of these outlying urban zones for the purpose of dealing with the crisis of the Modern age itself. (Gerald Weber)
Translation: Steve Wilder

Orig. Title
Borgate
Year
2008
Country
Austria
Duration
15 min
Director
Lotte Schreiber
Category
Essay
Orig. Language
italian, german
Subtitles
english
Downloads
Borgate (Image)
Credits
Director
Lotte Schreiber
Script
Lotte Schreiber
Cinematography
Johannes Hammel
Music
Bernhard Lang
Editing
Lotte Schreiber
Sound
Lotte Schreiber
Sound Design
Lotte Schreiber, Martin Siewert
Executive Producer
Lotte Schreiber
Available Formats
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
colour, b/w
Festivals (Selection)
2008
Vila do Conde - Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens
Wien - VIS Vienna Independent Shorts
Amsterdam - IDFA, Int. Documentary Filmfestival
Jihlava Documentary Film Festival
Paris - Festival des Cinemas Differents Collectif Jeune Cinema
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
2009
Lissabon - Indielisboa Int. Film and Videofestival
Milano - DOC (Best Documentary, section architecture)
Copenhagen - cph:dox, Intl Documentary Film Festival
Wiesbaden - exground on screen
Nyon - Dokumentarfilm Festival
Hong Kong - Int. Film Festival
Berlin - Transmediale (Festival for digital art)
Nashville Film Festival
Osnabrück - EMAF - European Media Art Festival