Conversations at the Edge

April 17 – Thom Andersen: Reconversão

Posted by | George William Price | Posted on | April 11, 2014

Thursday, April 17 | Tom Andersen in person!

Still from Reconversão (Thom Andersen, 2012). Courtesy of the artist.

Still from Reconversão (Thom Andersen, 2012). Courtesy of the artist.

A master of the essay film, Thom Andersen turns his attention to the work of the Pritzker Prize–winning Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. Considering built, unrealized, and abandoned projects and using a stop-motion technique that emphasizes the temporal dimension of architecture, Reconversão (2012) regards buildings not as static objects but living things, subject to decay, death, and even rebirth. (Museum of the Moving Image)

Thom Andersen (b. 1943, Chicago) is a filmmaker, curator, and scholar based in Los Angeles where he currently teaches film composition at the California Institute of the Arts.  Anderson has made numerous short films including Melting (1965), Olivia’s Place (1966) and — ——- (1967, in collaboration with Malcolm Brodwick).  In 2003 he completed Los Angeles Plays Itself, a videotape about the representation of Los Angeles in movies.

 

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