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Fictional Humanism. A critical reportage

Davide Rapp

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.


A population of hundreds of figures emerges and stands in front of us. In a kind of limbo, these people play a fiction and generate a context. Sometimes they help explain the architectural project, some other time they seem to question the spectator about it. They give a sense to it. Where architectural design expresses spatial conditions, economic opportunities, symbolic values and tends to define possible uses, people in architecture short films witness other possibilities and make the vision more true. Meeting these inhabitants, getting closer to their stories, observing their behaviors constantly generates new meanings.

If cinema stimulated new perspectives and encouraged new behaviors, perhaps also the possibility to share architecture videos can contribute to reconfiguring the relations between architects and projects, between projects and the public. We all live immersed in narrations that trigger new desires, new passions, new actions. The humanity we encounter in short films allows us to feel the projects closer to us. Spectators and actors finally meet. These beings, only apparently stolen from other realities, in the end are just us.

The video "Fictional Humanism. A critical reportage" has been part of the installation curated by Davide Rapp e Marco Brizzi within "Are We Human?", the 2016 Istanbul Design Biennale curated by Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley.

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Architects: Eduardo Souto de Moura, Superstudio, Miguel de Guzman, Jourda Architectes, Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation, aLL Design, Daniel Mòdol, Eduardo Arroyo (NO.MAD), ARX Portugal, ACXT
A project by: Davide Rapp, Marco Brizzi
In collaboration with: Paola Giaconia, Paola Ricco, Giorgio Zangrandi
Soundtrack: Sanmi

Italy 2016
Duration: 16'22''