© Studio Garatti

 

INSTITUTE                           ABOVE-GROUND


A film by Lisa Schmidt-Colinet, Alexander Schmoeger, Florian Zeyfang


Screening Viennale 2015
04. Nov. | 18:00 Metro, Eric Pleskow Saal
05.Nov. | 13:30 Metro, Großer Saal
> Link VIENNALE 2015

New York, Goethe Institute
15. Oct. | 18:30
> Link Goethe Institute NY

 

Institute Above-Ground is a documentary narrative about visionary architecture in Cuba. The “Instituto téchnologico de suelos y fertilizantes André Voisin” is a symbol of the early, euphoric building experiments that emerged shortly after the revolution. In addition, it represents an early example of the politics of the “rural schools,” with which Cuba sought to decentralize education during the 1970s.

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INSTITUTE                           ABOVE-GROUND


A film by Lisa Schmidt-Colinet, Alexander Schmoeger, Florian Zeyfang

The whole facility was designed by Vittorio Garatti in 1961, one of the three architects at the famous art schools in Havana. The Instituto André Voisin, an agricultural school, is much less well-known and is located in the fertile plain near Güines. The architecture, assembled on site from concrete elements, has a futuristic look, not least through its only intermittent contact points with the ground, which was regularly flooded due to rice cultivation in the area. The footbridges floating above the landscape link the various buildings into a modern living and studying space. The institute was originally constructed for the 2000 students. Later it was used as an army prison and today it stands in the landscape like a stranded spaceship: an ark for ideas yet to be realized.

 

Germany 2015, HDvideo, 22 min.

World premiere  63. Berlinale 2015; Forum Expanded

Awarded as Best International Short Film

> Architecturas Filmfestival Lissabon

> www.pabelloncuba.com


 

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