Venice Biennale

A film that I made for Noero Wollf Architects for the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2010 will be shown at the Netherlands Institute of Architects.

The film starts by describing the harsh urban fabric around Inkwenkwezi School and charting the morphology of its urban context. The signage which adorns the school’s main facade is derived from the pop signage which the citizens in the informal settlement around the school use to advertise various services and ideas. A documentation of this popular form and quotidian township life gradually give on to views of the school, which emerges in an appropriate fashion.

The body of the film is held together by the promenade which leads around the enclosed public section of the school grounds, and the promenade feature is held by footage of two different fraternities using the school hall: Christian Adventists and the school body.

Our narrator is the head of the school, Mr Kutu.

The sound is almost more important than the film footage and comes from 3 sources. Live sound from the Canon Camera’s shit onboard mic, sound gained from an external Sennheiser Mic and sound from an external stereo EDIROL sound recorder.

 

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