22:00 | FRIDAY 8. 12. 2012 | Film Auditorium
screening, introduction – Osamu Okamura
What are the differences between the "empty" and "active" concourses which people either walk past or use for conversation or "mere" observation of others? From the film of the legendary city planner it is obvious that differentiated public city space can effectively support social interaction and individual experiences on the edge of legitimacy.
Animated typographical elements, pixilation and drawing animation were an inseparable part of the documentary production which originated in the United States' state commissions and was, by the interwar period, shown in a wide range of propaganda films. Sociologically oriented films from the New York City Planning Commission of the 1960s, when William H. Whyte was its head, followed this formal tradition.
The legendary New York city planner and author of the film The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces – The Street Corner, W. H. Whyte, influenced many contemporary city planners, architects and artists, and will be introduced by the chief editor of ERA21 magazine Osamu Okamura. Since 1969, when working for the New York City Planning Commission, Whyte has been developing a method for directly observing life in city streets and squares. The important instruments of his observations were cinematographic photography and follow-up analysis of "films", to which he added a commentary. He was interested in how passers-by are influenced by shadows thrown by buildings, where and when people sit, the difference between "empty" and "active" concourses which people either walk past or use for conversation, rests, sunbathing, having a snack or "mere" observation of others. From Whyte's film from 1980 it is obvious that differentiated public city space can effectively support social interaction and individual experiences of such a space and it can even encourage behaviour on the edge of legitimacy.
- Sylva Poláková
8 Dec | 10:00 pm | FA
The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces screening, introduction – Osamu Okamura
The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces
dir. William H. Whyte | USA | 1988 | 58'