Chile│ Bruno Salas │Documentary │ 2014│72”│ Spanish w/English subs

Chile, 1971. During Salvador Allende’s Government the building in which the Third Session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD III) would take place, was built in a record time of 275 days. During this period, 34 artists were called to incorporate their work to the architecture.

One of them, sculptor Félix Maruenda designed and constructed a great minimalist chimney for the gas evacuation of the building’s public dining room.

After the celebration of the conference, on april, 1972, the building was renamed “Gabriela Mistral Metropolitan Cultural Center”, the most popular social center during Salvador Allende’s government. There, over a thousand people came daily to admire the pieces of art and eat in the dining room.

After the Military Coup on September 11th, 1973, the building was the headquarters of the dictatorship’s renamed as “Diego Portales”. Most of the art pieces included in the building were destroyed. Today, 40 years later, the building is again a cultural center and some of the art pieces have been restored.

The chimney of Félix Maruenda was cut and stored in a warehouse, still without a clear idea what will be their future.

Through interviews to the main characters of the building and original images, the film dives into the spirit and ideals, materialized as a collective dream in the UNCTAD III Building.


(The Monument Hunter)

Chile│ Jerónimo Rodriguez │ Documentary │ 2015│71” │ Spanish w/subs

There are many images in The Monument Hunter –thousands and thousands from everywhere in the world– but only one can sum it up perfectly: it’s the image of a sculpture, placed in front of the Neurosurgery Institute in Santiago de Chile, that features a human brain floating on the air and proudly guarded by two delicate hands. In a similar way, Jerónimo Rodríguez’s debut film sets itself to create a representation of the human computer, yet focusing on the software rather than the hardware.

Hence, and through a narrative structure that resembles the working of old magical brains, his essay documentary exposes the whole intellectual process that comes into play since the moment the protagonist remembers a statue he once visited with his father, and then decides to search for it decades later. Like any good detective story (a The Maltese Falcon of new documentary cinema?), The Monument Hunter makes use of the story of a search to compose a parallel and ineffable story about personal memory and the passage of time.


Chile│ Cristobal Palma │Documentary │ 2012│15” │ Spanish w/subs.

Photographer turned short filmmaker Cristóbal Palma surprised me with this short film about an abandoned town of the north of Chile, where everyone seemed to have left town in the middle of the day as they were doing their every day life. As a short project is really breath taking, but I really wished that it had a feature length, the images were stunning and made me want to contemplate more, the editing didn’t make me appreciate them enough. There’s a project there to be had, to turn it into one of the best contemplative films ever made, but this one didn’t make it.

PALABRAS CRUZADAS: Los Amigos de Matta-Clark

(Crosswords: Matta-Clark Friends)

Chile│ Matias Cardone │2014│Documentary│70” │English

GORDON MATTA-CLARK (1934-1978), is one of the most admired U.S. independent artists. Founder movement “Anarchitecture” Gordon developed an extensive creative career. The voices of Gordon friends and partners,tell us the adventures and stories in the suburbs of New York. The documentary uses archival photos and video, especially images and performancesdeveloped by Gordon in New York.


(The White Elephant)

Chile│ Felipe Egaña │Short Documentary │ 2011│11” │ Spanish w/subs

It would become the largest public hospital in South america, but the military coup postponed the plans. Up to date, a large concrete building overshadows a quiet residential village in Santiago, Chile. The testimony of neighbors is faced to the White Elephant.

74 M2

Chile│ Tiziana Panizza · Paola Castillo. │ Documentary │ 2012│64 min │ Spanish w/subs.

Iselsa and Cathy are chosen, along with 150 families, to be part of a social experiment: to be inserted in a middle class neighborhood in Valparaiso. As community leaders and friends they have worked together in the project and to be integrated in a neighborhood that rejected them because they are considered potential delinquents. 74 square meters observes the struggle to obtain their homes, the integration to the neighborhood and the challenge to overcome their deep inherited disagreements through this process. If they don’t, the neighborhood they have fought for over six years will be put at risk. The project is from Chilean Atelier Elemental.


Cristobal Palma presents Chilean Architecture on Film




Virtual Reconstruction by Bernardita Devilat

Reconstruction virtual

El uso de nuevas tecnologías para registrar arquitecturas existentes ha ido aumentando ya que se han hecho más asequibles y accesibles que nunca antes. Entre ellas, el escaneo laser 3D es de particular relevancia ya que puede documentar completamente la realidad en la forma de una nube de puntos tridimensional, coloreada y medible, desde la cual se pueden generar distintos productos. Los videos exploran el potencial de la tecnología de escaneo láser 3D como herramienta de documentación y su importancia para registrar el patrimonio construido que está en riesgo de desaparecer debido a desastres naturales.

El trabajo compila videos renderizados del escaneo laser 3D hecho en Chile en Enero de 2013 en las zonas patrimoniales de San Lorenzo de Tarapacá, Zúñiga y Lolol. El primer caso fue afectado por un terremoto en el año 2005 y los otros dos casos, por un terremoto en el año 2010. En 2013, estos asentamientos se encontraban en distintas etapas de su proceso de reconstrucción. Mientras que San Lorenzo de Tarapacá ya había sido reconstruido, —a pesar de que muchos edificios estaban aún en ruinas—, Zúñiga estaba casi en la misma condición luego del terremoto de 2010, y Lolol estaba en proceso de reconstrucción.

El escaneo láser 3D fue hecho durante sólo tres días en cada poblado y fue parte del trabajo de campo de la actual tesis de doctorado de la autora titulada: ‘Re-construcción y registro: explorando alternativas para zonas patrimoniales después de terremotos en Chile’, supervisada por el Profesor Stephen Gage y el Dr. Camillo Boano en la Escuela de Arquitectura de University College London.

Desde la vista aérea de la zona patrimonial de San Lorenzo de Tarapacá a la escala más pequeña de una casa en Zúñiga, pasando por los pórticos de Lolol, los videos exploran la calidad y posibilidades que ofrece el modelo digital del escaneo 3D, donde incluso podemos entrever cómo los espacios son habitados.

Agradecimientos a Diego Ramírez, Felipe Lanuza, Max Cruz, Fernanda Vargas y Francisca Carter por su ayuda en la captura 3D en el lugar y a Diego Ramírez por facilitar el equipo de escáner 3D en Chile.

Virtual reconstruction

The use of new technologies to record existing architectures is increasing as they become affordable and more accessible than ever before. Among them, 3D laser scanning is of particular relevance since it can provide full documentation of the reality in the form of a measurable coloured three-dimensional point cloud, from which different outcomes can be generated. The films explore the potential of the 3D laser scanner technology as a documenting tool and its importance to record built heritage that is at risk of disappearance due to natural disasters.

The work compiles films rendered from a 3D laser scanning record done in Chile in January 2013 in the heritage villages of San Lorenzo de Tarapacá, Zúniga and Lolol. The first case was affected by the 2005 earthquake and the following cases, by the 2010 earthquake. In 2013, these three settlements represented different status in their reconstruction process. While San Lorenzo de Tarapacá was already reconstructed —although several buildings were stills in ruins—, Zúñiga was in almost the same condition after the 2010 earthquake and Lolol was in process of reconstruction.

The 3D laser scanning was done during only three days in each village and was part of the fieldwork for the author’s current PhD research titled: ‘Re-construction and record: exploring alternatives for heritage areas after earthquakes in Chile’, supervised by Professor Stephen Gage and Dr Camillo Boano at The Bartlett School of Architecture & DPU, University College London.

From the aerial navigation of the heritage area of San Lorenzo de Tarapacá to the smallest scale of a house in Zúñiga, passing through Lolol’s porticos, the films explore the quality and possibilities that the digital 3D scan model offers, where we can even have a glimpse of the dwelling conditions.

Special thanks to Diego Ramírez, Felipe Lanuza, Max Cruz, Fernanda Vargas and Francisca Carter for their help in the on-site data capture and to Diego Ramírez to facilitate the 3D scanner equipment in Chile.


STUDY CASE 2: Galafe House (Zúñiga) – Chile

STUDY CASE 2: San Lorenzo de Tarapacá – Chile



USA│ John Szot │Experimental │ 2015│3.20” │ English

A history about three buildings, each with a pathological problem connecting it to a larger cultural dialog.


Spain│ Jordi Bernardó │Experimental │ 2013 │14” │ Spanish w/English subs

The architect of Casa de la Cultura in Lloret de Mar commissions a work to the world famous painter Ms. Hock. This video reproduces 8 minutes of the audio of the interview to Ms. Hock and shows some preliminary moments of the working sessions.


Chile-Austria│ Dominik Hartl│ Fiction │ 2012 │26” │ German w/English subs

Anna should have had a closer look at the fine-print of her rental contract – for the old Viennese apartment is a creature with never ending appetite, living off the youth of its residents.


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