The beautiful Italian Swiss town of Lugano was the venue of the
IMIAD International Workshop hosted by the University of Applied
Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) in September
2012. 60 students spent two weeks examining the topic of “Spaces in
Motion”, and in particular interplay between the disciplines of
film and interior design. The workshop was held in cooperation with
Locarno International Film Festival.
Writing in his general theory of film editing, Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein describes and analyzes the architecture of the Acropolis in Athens using a film editing technique. By drawing parallels between the old tradition of architecture with the relatively new art of film, Eisenstein opens up fascinating new perspectives on how the two disciplines interact with and influence one another.
Eisenstein’s approach was the starting point for the workshop, which consisted of three elements. The first used expert lectures to provide students with the necessary theoretical foundation, with guided excursions also used to give participants insights into the culture and architecture of the Ticino region. This fed into a clearly defined design project which required students to analyze the atmosphere created in classic films before attempting to recreate it using temporary installations in buildings in the city of Lugano.