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'Cathedrals of Culture' Proves To Be "Limited" & "Internalised"

'Cathedrals of Culture' Proves To Be "Limited" & "Internalised"
'Cathedrals of Culture' Proves To Be "Limited" & "Internalised", Wim Wenders. Image ©  European Parliament / Pietro Naj-Oleari, 2010
Wim Wenders. Image © European Parliament / Pietro Naj-Oleari, 2010

The highly anticipated 3D film series Cathedrals of Culture has now opened around the world. Directed by Wim Wenders and a team of five other acclaimed directors (Robert Redford, Michael Glawogger, Michael Madsen, Margreth Olin and Karim Aïnouz), the collection - according to The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright - "feels more like a series of vapid promotional videos." Arguing that in most of the films (with the exception of Michael Madsen's) the narrative is lost in favour of cinematic shots, "Cathedrals of Culture presents a limited and internalised view of what architecture is, a fault perhaps driven by the obsession with the 3D camera. [...] It has a self-satisfied, sometimes cultish, air that makes you feel like you’re taking part in some collective brainwashing exercise." Wainwright concludes that Living Architectures is the best place to go. See some of their films featured in ArchDaily's 40 Architecture Docs to Watch in 2014.

The series features films by (and about):

  • Wim Wenders (Germany) – Berlin Philharmonic (Berlin, Germany)
  • Michael Glawogger (Austria) – National Library of Russia (St. Petersburg, Russia)
  • Michael Madsen (Denmark) – Halden Prison (Halden, Norway)
  • Robert Redford (USA) – The Salk Institute (La Jolla, California, USA)
  • Margreth Olin (Norway) – Opera House (Oslo, Norway)
  • Karim Ainouz (Germany/Brazil) – Centre Pompidou (Paris, France)

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James Taylor-Foster
Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "'Cathedrals of Culture' Proves To Be "Limited" & "Internalised"" 01 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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