16.04. ‐ 21.04.2024
on what we call cinema spaces

Panel: Perspectives on What We Call Cinema Spaces


Aurélie Hsiao (Associate Director/ Senior Architect UNStudio, Netherlands), Sarah Adam (Curator)

Host: Vinzenz Hediger (Professor of Cinema Studies at the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)

Rethinking cinema always means rethinking its space. How can cinema have an impact on the urban space in the future in order to create a public sphere? How do its spaces act inwardly: both on the multitude of film images and on their recipients? For a long time, the cinema was linked to the classic cinema auditorium. In its newer forms, it is also becoming a virtual reality. So what does film need in its present and future for new spatial concepts? Does the separation between the places of film production and the places of film perception continue to make sense? Taking as a reference the design for the ‘Centre Culturel Dédié Au 7è Art’ envisioned by the global architectural firm UNStudio, this panel will discuss different perspectives and concepts that reflect on the future of cinema as a cultural venue.

11 May 2022

13:00 h, CineStar Metropolis

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Duration 60 min
Language English

Panel Participants:

Aurélie Hsiao is an Associate Director / Senior Architect at the global architecture firm UNStudio. She has extensive experience leading international projects of varying scales and typologies. Amongst her cultural projects contribution at UNStudio, Aurélie was responsible for the Centre Culturel dédié au 7ème Art in the Grand Paris, France - a 10,000 sqm cultural centre dedicated to cinematographic art, which celebrates a new type of cinema beyond its traditional typology. She also led the Samsung Galaxy pavilion project in Brazil for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games – a project with cutting-edge immersive user experience, adaptable and accessible-to-all for the Paralympics Games. She is driven by design solutions that celebrate social inclusion and contribute to improving the community's quality of life at large, with an impactful approach to health, well-being, and sustainability. Aurélie completed her Master of Science in Architecture, Urbanism, and Building Science (Hons) degree at the Delft University of Technology (TUDelft, Netherlands) and has taught at the AA (Architectural Association) Visiting School in São Paulo, Brazil.

Sarah Adam works as a freelance curator and consultant for film festivals, cinemas and cultural institutes. Her content focus is on documentary formats, experimental works, short films and audiovisual media in public space. She was director of dokumentART, Neubrandenburg, is a commission member for the selection of the German Competition at the 68th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and works for the Kinemathek Hamburg, the Short Film Festival Hamburg and the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, among others. Sarah Adam is a board member of the main association Cinephilie, founder of the Arab Filmclub Hamburg, co-operator of the collectively organized "B-Movie Kino" Hamburg and member of "A Wall is a Screen".

Vinzenz Hediger is Professor of Cinema Studies at the Goethe University, Frankfurt and the Director of the Graduiertenkolleg “Configurations of Film.” He is a co-founder of NECS – European Network for Cinema and Media Studies and the founding editor of the Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft (Journal for Media Studies). He is a principal investigator at the Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders” and a member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz.

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© Aurélie Hsiao
© Sylvia Grom - Sarah Adam