Arquiteturas Film Festival 2022
27.09 - 01.10.2022
Since 2021, INSTITUTO has taken up the challenge of organising and reinventing the former Arquiteturas Film Festival. We view the festival as an international platform for discussing and disseminating architectural production through films, exhibitions and debates.
In 2022, Arquiteturas Film Festival moved to the city of Porto, after eight editions in Lisbon! Under the theme ‘Slow Down!’, this year’s edition addressed spatial practices that convey the idea of ‘reduction’, even if it entails demolishing, reducing, reusing or subtracting architecture. Our interest lies in seeing, hearing and debating about socially and environmentally just practices that involve a reciprocal relationship between human activity and the natural world.
This year’s theme was launched in the Official Programme, curated by Catarina de Almeida Brito and festival director Paulo Moreira, with an Opening Session at Cinema Passos Manuel. Over the following days, Richard John Seymour and Ines Weizman delived masterclasses at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Porto, accompanied by Luis Urbano.
Moving away from previous editions of the festival, which featured a guest country, this year’s edition featured a guest institution - the Centre for Documentary Architecture (CDA), founded by Ines Weizman. The films, exhibition and debates programmed by CDA were screened at the Fundação Instituto Marques da Silva. The exhibition ‘The Matter of Data: Documentary Architecture as Historical Method’ remained open for another three weeks after the festival was over.
The Experimental Programme was hosted by festival organisers, INSTITUTO, at their venue on Rua dos Clérigos. The programme was compiled by architect and curator Mariana Pestana, a selection of videos originally released as part of the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial, organized by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), under the title of 'Empathy Revisited: Designs for More Than One'.
Approximately 200 submissions were received from 50 different countries following the Open Call, and 23 films from 17 countries were selected for the Competition Programme. The selection process was overseen by Sofia Mourato, founder and former director of Arquiteturas Film Festival. The films were screened over eight sessions at Casa Comum, a cultural venue located in the University of Porto. The seven award-winning films were screened at two sessions at Cinema Passos Manuel on the last day of the festival.
Catarina de Almeida Brito
Miguel C. Tavares
Oona Philomena Wächter
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The Yearbook'22 publication, which includes this project, has been supported by DGArtes/Ministry of Culture.