Berlin as Artistic Inspiration

Berlin as Artistic Inspiration

Cinema and architecture move within similar frequencies, they both build projections of who we are and what we want, they turn abstract thoughts into reality. They are both smug, irreverent, transgressive, they push against paradigms, and send the audience’s imagination flying; in fact, they stretch imagination’s possibilities and project it in large format.

A five-day workshop is offered in Berlin for cinema and architecture enthusiasts. Its main purpose is to create a short film within the city limits, through a course open to everyone, and which does not require previous filmmaking experience.

The main goal is to create a short film (3 minutes long or less) under the theme “Urban Memory” within the German capital’s limits. As part of the activities of the CACity (Cinema and Architecture in the City) research team, founded in 2014 at Queen’s University Belfast and in collaboration with ZK / U (Center forArt and Urbanistics), specialist in architecture and cinema, Dr. Gul Kacmaz Erk has come up with Berlin 2020, for people who are interested in filming architecture and the city, in collaboration with filmmaker Paddy Cahill and architecture historian Christopher S. Wilson.

Two questions will lead the workshop’s line: How can we benefit from cinema to express our ideas on architecture and the city? And, can cinema become a bridge between architects / artists / intellectuals, and the audience? With this in mind, the city will be reproduced on screen and at the same time, it will develop awareness about the relationship between both fields.

Where: Center forArt and Urbanistics ZK / U, Siemensstraße 27, Berlin, Germany
When: 5 days (March 16 through 20, 2020). Gatherings for the workshop are scheduled from 10 am to 1 pm each day.
Participants: 20 (open to people 18 years old and up)
More information: Gul Kacmaz Erk (