Coinciding with 'Place Makers: Contemporary Queensland Architects', the Australian Cinémathèque presents award-winning documentaries on the work of major twentieth and twenty-first century architects, including Frank Gehry, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvaro Siza, Oscar Niemeyer, OMA/Rem Koolhaas, Charles and Ray Eames, Louis Kahn and Herzog & de Meuron. Selected screenings will be introduced by architects featured in the Place Makers exhibition.
List of Works
Great Expectations 2007 | Director: Jesper Wachtmeister
Frank Lloyd Wright 1997 | Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick
Sketches of Frank Gehry 2005 | Director: Sydney Pollack
Bird's Nest: Herzog & De Meuron in China 2008 | Directors: Christoph Schaub, Michael Schindhelm
Kochuu: Japanese Architecture Influence and Origin 2003 | Director: Jesper Wachtmeister
The Films of Ray & Charles Eames
True believers in the American ideal, Ray and Charles Eames sought to produce an elegant modernity, for all. The Eames principle was simply – to design objects that would be built and enjoyed by ordinary people. Mass production, paired with selling products on its own merits was integral aspect to their approach, made clear in this selection of Eames films.
Program 1: 'Design is Architecture is Design'
Dubbed the "Quintessential American Designers", the name Eames is most commonly associated with the furniture designed and made for the Herman Miller company ― a virtual patron of their practice. However, while technically unqualified, Charles Eames regarded himself foremost as an architect: "We consider it all architecture." The films included in Program 1 convey a true enthusiasm for good, practical, ambitious design based on reasonable constraints.
Eames Fiberglass Chairs 1970 (8 minutes)
Eames Lounge Chair 1956 (2 minutes)
S-73 (Sofa Compact) 1957 (10 minutes)
Kaleidoscope Jazz Chair 1960 (6 minutes)
SX-70 1972 (10 minutes)
The Expanding Airport 1958 (9 minutes)
House: After Five Years of Living 1955 (10 minutes)
Lucia Chase Vignette 1978 (2 minutes)
Solar Do-Nothing Machine 1957 (2 minutes)
Program 2: 'Mathematics, or, Universe as Elegant Design'
Early bloomers in the information age, Eames made films, installations and dazzling presentations, both didactic and entertaining, which were integral to their engagement in the world. In Program 2 we see a passion for the elegance of a reasonable universe, and a wonder for the mathematics underlying.
Powers of Ten 1977 (8 minutes)
Kepler's Laws 1974 (2 minutes)
Exponents 1973 (3 minutes)
IBM Mathematics Peep Shows 1961 (10 minutes)
Alpha (A Bravura containing some of the fundamentals of Algebra) 1972 (1 minute)
Babbage 1968 (3 minutes)
My Architect: A Son's Journey 2003 | Director: Nathaniel Kahn
Building the Gherkin 2005 | Director: Mirjam Von Arx
Oscar Niemeyer – A Vida É Um Sopro (Oscar Niemeyer – Life is Like a Breath) 2007 | Director: Fabiano Maciel
Alvaro Siza: Transforming Reality 2004 | Director: Michael Blackwood
Lagos/Koolhaas 2002 | Director: Bregtje Van Der Haak