In Praise of Moving Pictures / by Modern Richmond

Photographs are a powerful means for conveying the sense of a place.  Form, space, material and light - the building blocks of design - take front and center.  Through careful composition, the narrative of a place is developed and its atmosphere revealed.  With that said, we thought it would be nice to take a detour through the world of moving pictures.  So sit back, and enjoy a set of short films that offer artistic, athletic, and compelling looks into the worlds of architecture and urban design.

Mindrelic - Manhattan in motion captures the frenetic dynamism and contrasts of New York City.  A place where bustling traffic and flickering lights serve as a backdrop to intimate office parties and quiet roof terraces.

Sasha Waltz - Neues Museum -Dialoge09 from the Sasha Waltz and Guests dance company, is a trailer for a set of performances that meld the worlds of dance, music, and architecture.  Beautifully choreographed dances and music performances are brought into dialogue with specific spaces in the historic Neues Museum in Berlin.  You can watch all the performances and travel through the musuem via the troupe's interactive website.

MY PLAYGROUND - PREVIEW from Kaspar Astrup Schröder "explores the way Parkour and Freerunning is changing the perception of urban space and how the space is changing the traceurs and freerunners."  Bjarke Ingels of BIG makes an appearance, as do several of the firm's more well-known works.

SWEATSHOPPE Video Painting Europe features the innovative video-based street art of the new media duo SWEATSHOPPE.  Custom video productions are 'installed' on buildings and in urban spaces throughout Europe.

Light is a wonderfully simple film about the passage of time.  Architecture by Cook+Fox Architects.

JP Auclair Street Segment (from All.I.Can.) features a lone skier and a snowy northern town.  Stay tuned for the end to see how mass transit plays a role in the narrative.

Venice in a Day offers a counterpoint to Manhattan in Motion as it travels the canals and sidestreets of the historic Italian city.

Parabolas (etc.) was produced for WNYC's popular Radiolab program and features a surprising array of examples of this humble geometric form in the built and natural worlds around us.  You might want to break out some graph paper.

Address Is Approximate is a poignant tale of a toy, the yearning for a place, and Google Streetview.

-KWJ