Students of Elisava present their short films from the workshop 'Architecture and Cinema'

Hour: 6 p.m.: doors opening - 6:30 p.m.: presentation of the act
Place: Auditorio Fundació Joan Miró (Parc de Montjuïc, Barcelona)
The students, in the Civic Center of Els Hostalets de Balenyà. Photo: Laura Yáñez.

On May 7, the short films made during the second edition of the Architecture and Cinema Workshop will be presented, directed by the film director, teacher and coordinator Maria Mauti with the participation of students from ETSAB and Elisava, within the framework of the Architecture Week and as a collateral event of the BARQ International Festival.

The event is organized by the Mies van der Rohe Foundation, the Joan Miró Foundation, ETSAB-UPC and Elisava, in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture of Barcelona and the Arquia Foundation.

The proposal of a new didactic experience, which is inspired both by Anglo-Saxon pragmatism and by the dialogical model of Socrates, aims to learn an art and know how to share points of view. Above all, the category of time rises as the protagonist of experience and doing. Knowing how to observe, waiting for the perfect moment. Searching for the quality of the frame, the uniqueness of a sound. Making films with architecture, following the professional process of the seventh art. 

Maria Mauti's pedagogical and artistic proposal is made thanks to the collaboration of Antonio Pizza, founder and teacher in charge of the subject "City, Architecture and Cinema" (ETSAB-UPC), and of the teacher Daria de Seta, Coordinator of the Space Area of Elisava's Undergraduate Degree in Design

Short films about Enric Miralles' work

Fifty students from the two universities participated in this journey, which took place before and during the period of confinement. Elisava will present the short films made before the state of alarm, about two strongly cinematographic works of an outstanding Catalan architect, Enric Miralles: the Parc dels Colors of Mollet de Vallés (Miralles-Tagliabue) and the Civic Center of Els Hostalets de Balenyà (Miralles-Pinós). On the other hand, the Etsab shows the work done by the students during the confinement, which resulted in the production of a collective film, 22 Homes (22 Casas), a significant and unique testimony of architecture seen from its windows. Never before has time served as a guide to understand and represent a space that was lived in a totally "interior" way, both inside and outside their houses. 

With the support of director of photography Ciro Frank Schiappa, Maria Mauti has guided future architects and designers in learning the techniques that allow them to make a film: use of professional cameras and live sound; division into teams with the different functions of director, photographer, sound designer, editor; development from the idea of the film to the completion in the editing of a short film, designed for an audience and the big screen. 

The students carried out their research reflecting on the poetics of two teachers, whose important anniversaries are celebrated in 2020. The twenty years since the death of the aforementioned disruptive architect Enric Miralles, and the hundred years since the birth of visionary Italian director Federico Fellini. To these two giants is dedicated the event of next May 7.  

The evening includes the projection of the short films, accompanied by a round table to which representatives of the institutions that support the project, the Mies van der Rohe Foundation, the Italian Institute of Culture of Barcelona, the Arquia Foundation, personalities from the world of the University, the cinema and architecture, and of course the students, the true actors of this experience, are invited.


6 p.m.: doors opening
6:30 p.m.: presentation of the act
7 p.m.: screening of the short films
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.: round table and closing event

Limited capacity.
Both sessions must be booked in advance.
During the event the Fanzine of Elisava and Etsab, edited specifically for the occasion, will be distributed.