Reconversão (Reconversion)–a Study of Eduardo Souto de Moura at REDCAT on Nov. 19

 

 

On November 19, REDCAT will show a documentary by Thom Anderson called Reconversão (Reconversion), which examines 17 works by 2011 Pritzker Prize winner Eduardo Souto de Moura. REDCAT describes the film by recalling the filmmaker’s influences as well as the architect’s ideas: “Echoing Dziga Vertov’s concepts and Eadweard Muybridge’s techniques (shooting only one or two frames per second), Andersen masterfully brings forward what makes Souto de Moura an original: the incorporation of the passing of time into architectural designs, positing them within a history fraught with class struggle and societal changes, in a continuum with ruins—from which they may originate, and to which they will return—and with nature—which they frame, and by which they are framed.”

The MAK Center held a screening of the film at the Schindler King’s Road House last month. FORM staff was on hand to watch and enjoy the film. (Anderson, who considers the architect a beloved friend, provided an interesting anecdote before the screening: in Portugal, Souto de Moura is called Souto Moura.) The film is highly recommended for both its intellectual and emotional impacts—beautiful images blend with pitch perfect audio tracks and a constant stream of Souto de Moura’s inspiring ideas about buildings and environments. 

For those familiar with the work of Souto de Moura from the Pritzker press tour, the film gives careful attention to lesser-known—but still brilliant—projects in the Pritzker Laureate’s portfolio. Even when the film attends to the Municipal Stadium in Braga, Portugal (2003), one of Souto de Moura’s most famous projects, the film finds a new anecdote to relate, pausing to study a massive pile of discarded stadium seating, ripped up and thrown onto the field by angry fans after a bad result on the pitch.

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