Mock-ups in Close-up
Architectural models in Cinema

November 29, 2010
A video presentation by Gabu Heindl and Drehli Robnik
Mock-ups in Close-up is a collection of excerpts from approximately 115 narrative films that feature architectural models. In chronological order (from 1927 to 2010), the two-hour long video includes classics by Lang, Leone and Resnais, as well as recent American comedies and more obscure material. Some of the models figure quite prominently in the films, others appear more randomly. Without using narration, the compilation attempts to push the inclusion of all mock-ups to the extreme – until traction occurs, or until history (including that of architecture and its applications) again becomes relevant through the archives of randomness: history as an image of the Cold War or the fluidity of labor, as a power play of masculinity and the scale of the models themselves.

The architect and urbanist Gabu Heindl and the film theorist Drehli Robnik have been working on this project for several years, regularly expanding its scope. The new Film Museum version (including an introductory lecture and discussion) represents the first screening of “Mock-ups” in Austria.

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