From the 21st to the 28th of July 2014, Indexnewspaper will organize “Porto Academy” at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP). The academy consists of a weeklong series of lectures and workshops in which students will have the chance to work closely with some of the most exciting architects from all over the world. Participants will also assist to three master classes with guest architects.
During the Porto Academy DYMA will screen the film Reconversão from director Thom Andersen.
This documentary portrays 17 buildings and projects by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto Moura, accompanied usually by his own writings. It is a search for his architecture, without critical commentary. Only the tour guide at Braga Stadium offers generalizations, which fit that work well enough, but it may be the exception, not the rule. Souto Moura has the last word: “If there is nothing there, I invent a pre-existence.” Technically, “Reconversão” combines the crudeness of proto-cinema with the hyperrealism of digital cinema, bringing us back to the ideals of Dziga Vertov. Shooting only one or two frames per second and animating the images, in the manner of Muybridge, produces greater resolution, although not necessarily a greater sense of reality, and brings attention to the movements of water and vegetation that generally pass unnoticed.