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If Buildings Could Talk – Wim Wenders Film

Venice Architecture Biennale Event, Italy: 3D video installation Information

1 Aug 2010

If Buildings Could Talk : Film by Wim Wenders

29 Aug – 21 Nov 2010

If Buildings Could Talk
photography by © Hisao Suzuki, scribble by © Wim Wenders


At the invitation of Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA, Wim Wenders has created a 3D video installation for this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, running from 29 August – 21 November 2010.

IF BUILDINGS COULD TALK… is a visual investigation of the Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne, the recently inaugurated futuristic building designed by SANAA as the flagship of the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne).

With this 3D video installation, Wim Wenders explores the question of how buildings communicate with their users responding to the theme of the Biennale 2010 set by Kazuyo Sejima, “People Meet in Architecture“.

If Buildings Could Talk
photography by © Donata Wenders; from left: Wim Wenders, Ryue Nishizawa, Kazuyo Sejima

IF BUILDINGS COULD TALK … is produced by Neue Road Movies with the support of Rolex. Concept and Directing: Wim Wenders, Stereographer: Alain Derobe, Director of Photography: Jörg Widmer, Sound: Ansgar Frerich, Music: Thom Hanreich, Editing: Toni Froschhammer, Postproduction Stereographer: Daniele Siragusano, Postproduction Supervisor: Jan Fröhlich, Producer: Erwin M. Schmidt

Cutting edge methods and technology have been involved in the production. It is shot on Canon photo cameras using Zeiss lenses. The 3D-rigs are prototypes by Philippe Bordelais and Alain Derobe. The sound work is done at DieBasisBerlin. Cinepostproduction is responsible for the image post-production including stereo sweetening, depth grading und stereo colour grading.


Rolex Learning Center
Rolex Learning Center
photograph © Hisao Suzuki

If Buildings Could Talk…. by Wim Wenders
World Premiere
12th International Architecture Exhibition, Arsenale, Venice
29 August – 21 November 2010

Location: Venice, Italy

Venice Biennale

Venetian Buildings – Selection

Jesolo Magica complex
Zaha Hadid Architects
Jesolo Magica
image from the architect
Jesolo Magica Venice Buildings

Quarto Ponte sul Canal Grande – Bridge
Santiago Calatrava Architects
Quarto Ponte sul Canal Grande Venice
www.palladium.de, Barbara Burg/Oliver Schuh
Quarto Ponte sul Canal Grande Venice

The wave, Entrance of the 60th Film Festival
C+S Associati
The Wave Venice
photograph : Marco Zanta
The Wave Venice Building
Entrance of the 60th Film Festival

Venice Biennale US Pavilion

Venice Biennale exhibition : Dune Formations installation, Scuola dei Mercanti
Venice Biennale exhibition
image from the architect

Venice Biennale images : Dune Formations by Zaha Hadid

Venice Biennale 2008

Architecture Events – Selection

SANAA Exhibition, DAC, Copenhagen, Denmark
Derek Lam Store NYC
photograph from DLM

Center for Architecture New York Exhibition, USA
Guangzhou Architecture
image from the Centre for Architecture, New York

AA School Events, London : Forthcoming Lectures + Exhibitions + Events
Central Saint Giles
photo © Nick Weall

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