© Christina Condak

Point 0: Architects in the Making

School of Visual Arts, New York City, Department of Critical Theory and the Arts


A film by Christina Condak, in collaboration with Toxic Dreams.

Architect Christina Condak will speak with students at CTA about her film “POINT Zero: Architects in the Making,” an oral history/documentary work with a twist: architects reflect on their initial experiences in architecture education through a ritual performance.
POINT 0 is an oral history film done with a twist: architects reflect on their initiations into the culture of architecture education in a kind of ritual performance. Asked  to recall vivid memories and relevant experiences from their education, they perform a few physical actions and tell their stories. Although filmed in front of a neutral background, specificities quickly emerge: a wide range of responses are juxtaposed, revealing essential preoccupations within three generations of architects. This is not just text as information: you see the person and you hear their story. This film is a special collaboration between an architect and a theater team, which led to its unique quality. It is accessible to anyone interested in making and thinking.



Point 0: Architects in the Making

Film Screening and Discussion


POINT 0  architects in the making.

Austria, 2017. Directed by Christina Condak and Yosi Wanunu. 53 min. HD 16:9.

Concept: Christina Condak; Camera: Michael Stromann; Text / Voice Over: Christina Condak; Montage / Editing: Michael Stromann / Christina Condak; Sound: Michael Stromann; Music: Martin Siewert. The project was supported by the (Budeskanzleramt) Federal Chancellary, Austria.

Christina Condak holds degrees from Hobart & William Smith Colleges and The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union. Born in Manhattan, she lives in Vienna and teaches architectural design at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She has been a visiting design professor at Cornell University and at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Malaquais. Condak shares an architecture practice, NURARCHITEKTUR, i.e. simply architecture, with Peter Leeb in Vienna.