France / Finland 2017
CROSSING EUROPE presents the section Architecture and Society, curated by Lotte Schreiber, now already for the nineth time. Under the title Space, Power, Control, this section examines the various interplays between space and power, or more precisely architectural spaces and delimited territories that demonstrate various various political, social, and economic power relations.
The architectural self-presentation of totalitarian regimes is present in Europe up to today. Benito Mussolini’s power obsession, for instance, is reflected in the “Corte d`Assise”, the Court of Justice in Milan, setting of the award-winning documentary La Convocazione. The short film Due focuses on the district of “Milano Due”, built in the 1970s, which was Berlusconi’s first major investment project. The crime scene of the concentration camp Buchenwald, now a memorial site, is sensitively approached in Der Mensch ist ein schöner Gedanke. Volkhard Knigge und Buchenwald. The power of media is the theme taken up by Letztes Jahr in Utopia, a reconstruction of a media-staged group experiment. The village of Braguino is located in Siberia, setting of a feud between two family clans. Power structures manifested through the control of space in the eponymous district of Brussels is the theme of the trenchant short film NETTOYER Schaerbeek.
Essay Architecture and Society HERE.
(in cooperation with afo Architecture Forum Upper Austria)