Ely Kahn: New York Cities Mastermind
His is not a name many people know, but his buildings in Manhattan are legendary: Ely Jacques Kahn. The architect has been building bridges between Europe and the USA for more than 50 years and his work encompasses everything from the development of the Wiener Moderne, or Viennese Modern Age, to the International Style. Kahn played a significant role in shaping the New York skyline, designing around 60 skyscrapers. His origins lie in the Jewish community in the Austrian town of Hohenems. In summer, around 200 descendants of the family met up in Vorarlberg to celebrate 400 years of the Jewish community there. Ingrid Bertel and Nikolai Dörler follow in the footsteps of this versatile artist.
Otto Wagner - Vienna's Visionary of Modern Architecture
This film focuses on the architect, urban planner and designer Otto Wagner's amazing world and builds a bridge between his early Historicist works and his Jugendstil masterpieces. The goal is to paint a truthful picture of the artist's life and work until he became the modernist architect we all know and love.
The Effects of Light
Light does more than meets the eye. Light has a positive effect on the psyche; sensitive people need sun or light for their well-being. Our circadian clock is set by light and darkness. The right lighting at the workplace is becoming increasingly important, the research on the effects of light more thorough. Overall, Europeans are surrounded by too much rather than too little light. The fight against light pollution has begun, a light pollution that affects insects and migratory birds. And finally buildings can be heated by light.
Robert Reumann präsentiert außergewöhnliche Wohnobjekte, die oft in jahrelanger, mühevoller Arbeit umgestaltet worden sind.
Robert Reumann präsentiert außergewöhnliche Wohnobjekte, die oft in jahrelanger, mühevoller Arbeit umgestaltet worden sind.
St. Stephen's Cathedral - A Heavenly Household
Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral is not only the city's landmarkand a national treasure, but also one gigantic household. Altarcloths need to be changed every day, pillars dusted and flowersbrought from the market. Damaged sculptures are restored in thecathedral works, and chairs re-covered in the repository. Who arethe people who work in the cathedral? What effect does the atmospherehave on the way they feel about their work? Everydaystories in a cathedral with a human side where there's often plentyof fun to be had - thanks to many fascinating household assistants,who could not be more different from one another and whomake just as much of a contribution to its unmistakable atmosphereas its inanimate occupants.
Lofty Heights - Vienna from Above
Vienna from the perspective of those whose workplaces hit lofty heights. From chimney sweeps, roofers, construction workers and crane drivers, the stonemasons working to maintain the top of the tower of St. Stephen's Cathedral, the building service engineer on the Ringturm tower, via the man who hoists the flag on the roof of Parliament, the window cleaners who take care of the views from Vienna's skyscrapers, to the high points of Viennese tourism: the Danube tower, the Flak tower containing the public aquarium and the postal service satellite dishes, offices and apartments in Vienna's high rise buildings. A very entertaining story with people who talk about their views on, and above all from their points of view about Vienna from above.
Beirut Art Scene
Beirut, which is often described as the «Paris of the Middle East», has been marked by decades of civil war and other armed combat. From an architectural as well as from a social, economic and historical perspective, the city has become a battlefield of divergent interests that often end in conflict. Today 17 different religions still call the urban area home, which, depending on the political position, can be a blessing or a curse. Rivalries between clans and denominations, feudal thinking, hierarchies and allegiances to family clans determine the socio-economic and political stratification and social interactions in the country. This is also true for the players on the cultural scene, who, however, also find a source of inspiration in this complexity.
Hans Makart - The King of Vienna
The name Hans Makart is symbolic not only of gigantic canvases painted in dramatic colours, but also of an excessive cult of celebrity and the brilliance of an entire era, between 1869 and 1884, to which the painter gave his name. Above and beyond painting, as a universal designer, Hans Makart also had an influence on opera and theatre, home décor and fashions in clothing. In the 1870s he triggered a Makart fashion in Vienna, was an aesthetic role model and was a source of ideas for many of the achievements of Vienna's «Ringstrasse» period. With the help of psychoanalyst, Stephan Engelhardt, and the museum director, Wolfgang Kos, this documentary examines the «Makart myth» and the impact that the artist, who died at a young age in 1884, has had right up to the present day.
Eyewitness to History - Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral
The Cathedral, the emblem of Vienna, tells a story. After 374 years of construction, it has only officially been a cathedral for 43 years. This cinematic investigation passes from the legend of the Eberhardslinde via the remarkable barter contract of Mautern and the dominant role of Passau in Vienna, to the well-financed citizens' church and the 'Wiener Bauhütte' (Viennese Workshop), which was of European significance, and which actually for the most part did not build cathedrals in the sense of the seat of a Bishop. Secrets, legends and special features of Vienna's cathedral as well as hidden number games in the structure are revealed in this documentary and show both its origins and its future.
Built in the Name of Art
In no other province have as many cultural buildings been erected in the last two decades as in Lower Austria. The documentary Building for the Arts presents a few outstanding examples of this cultural development. Starting with St. Pölten's cultural district and the «Art Mile» in Krems, we show how contemporary architecture has uniformly established itself - from the revitalization of historic sites, including monasteries and castles, to the construction of sensational new buildings. The viewer will be led through the broad spectrum of exceptional building culture in Lower Austria, a culture which provides art, theater and music with the plentiful and spectacular stages it deserves.
Barbara Imhof has a pretty unusual job: She is a space architect. On behalf of European Space Agency ESA, Imhof designs space ships and even habitats for distant planets.
Inventing the Shopping Mall - The Gruen Effect
Victor Gruen couldn't possibly have known how much he would change the world. The world famous Viennese architect is chiefly remembered as the inventor of the shopping mall. His «green»ideas spawned cities, which ultimately became shrines to the Gods of consumption and the free market. This documentary follows Gruen's dramatic escape from Nazi controlled Vienna in 1938, his subsequent adventures in booming post-war America and finally his return to Vienna in the 1960s as a committed socialist. The life, work and critical humour of this exceptional architect serve as a starting point for an examination of the cities in which we live today. A portrait of a man who, in keeping with the motto «cars buy nothing», has had a lasting influence on economics, politics and, above all, consumers.
From discos to art galleries, from nightclubs to home cinemas - projectors have broken free of the cinema and are now to be found everywhere. They have even inspired a new art form: «projectionism». This documentary presents the life and work of three so called visualists, video jockeys or VJs - artists who create moving picture compositions on their computers and project them in synch with musical rhythms at live events. It's no coincidence that Vienna has established itself as a trendsetter in the VJ world. In the baroque age, Vienna has already been the birthplace of a type of «projectionism» using frescoes - a mass media art form with emotionally charged content.
Architects of Illusion
They created the fundaments of the architecture that define the world today. Quickly erected, functional, but representative and affordable - that was the motto with which Fellner & Helmer earned their trademark. Their architectural creations at the beginning of the 20th century correspond to a time of cultural uproar and strong request for theatre buildings in Europe. Noticing this cultural trend Fellner & Helmer became the trendsetters and global players of the «Gründerzeit». Their influences soon spread beyond the borders of the K & K Monarchy. All Theatre directors on the continent were dreaming of a theatrical stage that wore Fellner & Helmer's trademark. A myth was created. This documentary offers the viewer an insight of the life of this ex-ceptional architect-duo, whose buildings still form an important frame for the visual arts in Europe.
Art City New York
How much does the city he lives in influence the artist himself? How much does the artist himself influence the city? Taking New York City as an example, Peter Vogel's documentary shows the mechanisms of creativity and urbanity, the procedures that drive the artistic community. To pick the right spot within the city is very important, as are the locations of the galleries that open the doors to the international art market. But there is more to making it in New York: You have to get to know the right people. .
Living Art - Artists and their Gardens
The film reflects their access to the process of artistic creation in their art as well as in their gardens and portrays four artists and their gardens: The Egyptian artist Ghada Amer, who lives in Harlem, New York, and is held to be one of the most provocative and innovative female artists of our times; famous Japanese fashion designer Kenzo, who has created his own little piece of Japan, centred around a garden in Paris, architect and theorist Charles Jencks in Scotland, who is regarded as the «inventor» of the post-modern and Austrian expressionist painter Xenia Hausner, who designed the sets for more than a hundred theatre and opera productions in Vienna, Salzburg, Berlin, London and Brussels.
Bricks - Building Blocks of Life
The history of bricks reveals significant, indeed fascinating milestones of our cultural and everyday history. Our voyage through time and space starts approximately 5,000 years ago, in Mesopotamia and on the banks of the river Nile near the necropolis of Sakkara. Passing by the Roman aqueducts, the journey heads on to military, cultural and civilian structures built during the Habsburg Empire. In addition, this documentary also describes the technical history of bricks and the important role bricks continue to play in contemporary house building.
Coop Himmelb(l)au - Clouds and Crystals
The «Coops» have their own design process, in which they develop basic concepts from feelings and the unconscious. Like the Baroque masters they celebrate space and want to create points of reference in faceless cities. Computer programs make it possible to realise even the most audacious compositions - whether in design, art, architecture or urban planning. In a short space of time they have joined the ranks of the most celebrated international architects. Founded in 1968, Coop Himmelb(l)au now employs around 100 staff. The documentary portrays their fascinating work, which attempts to reinvent architecture by rejecting established principles that, in their view, make buildings boring and indistinguishable from one another.
Energy for Life - Putting Feng Shui to the Test
Where Eastern philosophy meets Western rationality, Feng Shui is booming. Aside from the esoteric and commercialised aspects, there are in fact real advantages to be gained from applying these ancient Chinese teachings to daily life. This documentary illustrates some examples and their measurable effects: from the design of a bank branch office that helped the bank generate
increased revenues, to office and apartment design according to the principles of «wind and water», the true meaning of the words Feng Shui.
The House of the Future
Based on adventuresome accounts of the pilot projects, this documentary shows the construction of three low-energy «passive houses» and explains the principle underlying these energy saving buildings by explaining the new technologies involved. Like no other scientific subject of the past few years, the energy efficiency of buildings has made enormous progress and attracts the interest of researchers, architects and consumers alike - not least because of the constant rises in fuel oil and gas prices.
Art City London
Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Piccadilly, Tower Bridge... Visitors to London almost always limit themselves to the highlights found in travel guides. At the same time, the London art scene is richer and more colourful than in almost any other city in the world. The documentary explores this scene, taking the viewers to exciting places that can't be found in most travel guides. There are interviews with famous artists like Antony Gormley, Jason Martin and Michael Craig- Martin; we see them at work and get to know a little bit about their lives. As well as visiting well known exhibition spaces, art schools, private collections and locations like the Tate Modern and Tate Britain, the documentary shows spectacular aerial shots of major London sites from unusual perspectives.
Behind the Facades - The Secrets of Vienna's Ringstrasse
The Vienna Ringstraße is Vienna's most striking boulevard as far as its architecture is concerned. Maximilian Schell presents this Viennese landmark in an impressive documentary, exposing secrets, telling anecdotes and providing facts from the days the Ring first began to take on its present look. The second half of the 19th century is brought to new life in a fascinating mix of reallife stills and animated film.
Rediscovering Clay - The Renaissance of a Forgotten Material
The Chinese Wall, Japanese palaces, Arabic highrisers, Persian residential courtyards, African mosques and European timbered houses - they all are built with clay. However the material itself had fallen out of fashion for quite a while. But now, the movement towards more sustainability in almost all areas of life has boosted interest in lay immensely. Architects, designers and even
big businesses are rediscovering clay as a building material and its striking advances. A film about a very special construction material.