Concrete & Samples II Blockhaus

Concrete & Samples II Blockhaus

Aglaia Konrad

16mm transferred to video, color, 4:3, no sound, BE, 2009, 9'50"

Concrete & Samples I, II, III is a series of 16mm films on sculptural architecture. What the buildings and site in all films have in common is the idea of ‘architecture as sculpture’ and a very distinct use of concrete that seem to depart from the free form of the whole in a sculptural manner. In the absence of a traditional narrative, it is the space itself, that takes the role of the protagonist, while the camera proposes a narration through its travel and observation.
Blockhaus, the Eglise St.Bernadette-du-Banlay designed by Claude Parent and Paul Virilio in Nevers, France, has a compact form: monolithic, a cryptic building, a raw concrete bunker. Built upon a utopian idea, the inside with its 'sureface oblique' (two oblique ramps) creates a spatial dynamic in the matrix of time.

Image Sébastien Koeppel
Editing Aglaia Konrad, Fairuz
Colorgrading Sébastien Koeppel
Produced by Auguste Orts
With the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, LUCA School of Arts, Atelier Graphoui & Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts & Culture

Concrete & Samples II Blockhaus

Has recently been on display at the following locations:

Le Printemps de septembre Toulouse (FR), Jun 1 – Sep 17 Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund (DE), Apr 8 – Sep 24 mumok Vienna (AT), Dec 14, 2016 Filmcasino Vienna (AT), Apr 10, 2016 Pavillon de l’Arsenal Paris (FR), Feb 13, 2016 Art International Istanbul (TR), Sep 5-6, 2015 Filmmuseum Munich (DE), Apr 26, 2015 Labo / MAAC Brussel (BE), May 3, 2014 — 19:00 MK Gallery Milton Keynes (GB), Feb 13, 2014 Centre for Visual Arts Sainsbury (GB), Oct 19 – Nov 11, 2012 40mcube Rennes (FR), Sep 15 – Dec 9, 2012 Camera Austria Graz (AT), May 22, 2012 Sint-Lukasgalerie Brussel (BE), Mar 8 – Apr 21, 2012 Villa Romana Firenze (IT), Sep 30 – Nov 6, 2011 Frac Centre Orléans (FR), Sep 18, 2010 – Feb 27, 2011 deSingel Antwerpen (BE), Mar 4 – May 16, 2010