Porto School of Architecture, city and cinema, 11-13 september 2013
The international conference INTER[SECTIONS], to be held at the School of Architecture at the University of Porto, will focus on the relationship between urban space, architecture and the moving image, offering a forum for scholars, practitioners and the public. Cinema and architecture's association has been the subject of scholarly investigations for some time, but rarely have the different ways to approach this theme been brought together in a multidisciplinary debate that examines the depiction of the city through cinema and the role of films as a reflection, commentary and experimental laboratory for architecture.
No other method of visualization matches the power of ‘moving images’ to represent architectural and urban spaces as ‘lived’ and ‘inhabited’. Through the use of space, time, mise-en-scène, characters and plot, film can be seen as a medium that condenses important debates on architecture and urban life. Moving images also have the capacity of generating ‘a sense of place’, a phenomenon that is not only related to the shape and form of the physical reality of the space filmed, but also to our experienced and haptic connection to the use of light, sound, music and narrative structure.
We invite participants to submit proposals for either papers or panels not exceeding 1.500 characters (including spaces) or 240 words, considering topics such as Urban Cinema, City Symphonies, Space and Politics in Cinema, Spatial Identity on Screen, Spatial Narratives or Architect(ure)s in Film. We particularly welcome contributions on the presence of urban and architectural themes in cinema and the role of film in the construction of spaces.