Brief

The House of Politics 2017 is a 10-day research workshop in collaboration with the European Commission.  

 

The program uses film as an analytical tool to address the role of architecture in representing political communities. In practical terms, we will produce short films looking at the architecture of political organisations that go beyond the boundaries of the traditional nation-state.

 

The 2017 edition of the workshop departs from the following questions:

 

How can the complex functioning of supranational political bodies be spatially visualised?

 

Which spatial dispositions can become forms of representation of the EU political community?

 

How can architecture respond to multimedia and transnational channels of audiovisual distribution in relationship to institutional communication strategies?

 

The field work is developed in Brussels, home of many supra-national political bodies such as Benelux, NATO and the EU. Our main case study will be the European Union and, particularly this year, the European Commission. 

 

An understanding of the increasing urgency for supranational political organizations is the starting point of our research. In particular, the EU study case has been chosen as a result of the evident need for a common European political project in a globalized world.

 

The present questioning of such a project can be linked to the evident lack of identification of the European citizens with its institutions. An evolution of the EU political structures can only happen if the citizens feel that these institutions belong to them and that they have the agency to transform them.

 

Architecture has a prominent role in visual culture and is crucial to the edification of collective imagination. Thus, architecture could help us to establish a stronger connection between political institutions and its diverse citizens and, in consequence, to create a shared space for political discussion.

 

During the workshop we will analyse how the buildings of the EU institutions perform, with the objective of unveiling the poetics hidden in their, a priori, unappealing generic architecture.

 

The work produced will reflect on how these spaces are used on a daily basis in relationship to their representative roles. The objective is to question how architecture can be a central instrument in the EU’s visual identity strategies within a contemporary context where digital technologies are crucial to the construction of public identity.

 

More information on 2016 edition can be found HERE.