The film is part of the series Photography and Thereafter which is about writing, drawing, sculpture and architecture. The subjects of this film are achievements in active design and projection-ideas that have been made real-and are visible as writing, drawing, photography, architecture and sculpture. What is being analysed is a way of seeing that is almost reversed - seeing as expression, not impression. The eye as the interface between the brain and the external world; the gaze as the energy of composing that turns the inside out and presents a mirrored reality. Interior design as an autobiography - Adolf Loos (1870 - 1933) Against the grain: material as an ornament. Documentation of the interiors designed by Loos that are still available.
"Schindler`s Houses" shows forty buildings by the Austro-American architect Rudolph Schindler from the years 1931 to 1952. Schindler`s pioneering work in Southern California is the cornerstone of a branch of modern architecture. All the material for the film was shot in May 2006. The film is thus also an up-to-date portrait of urban life in Los Angeles that has never been documented in this form before.Directors statement"Architecture projects space into this world. Cinemaphotography translates that space into pictures projected in time. Cinema then is used in a completely new way: as a space to meditate on buildings."
Two Projects by Frederick Kiesler
Architecture as Biography. The film explores two projects by Austrian artist and visionary Frederick Kiesler (1890-1965): the model for an “Endless House” (1959) that is currently exhibited at the Kiesler Foundation Vienna, and “The Shrine of the Book”, designed and built in collaboration with Armand Bartos on the grounds of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem (1959-1965). The film was shot in June 2006. It is the third and final part of a trilogy of films dealing with the buildings of Adolf Loos, Rudolph M. Schindler and Frederick Kiesler.