RUFUS VAN DEN BAN, SUZANA MILINOVIC
Florian Beukeboom, Fruzsina Karig, Joanna Stolarek, Matthew Mitchell, Rafael Silveira, Tamás Dema, Yichen Song, Zsolt Sarkadi
TYPE entertainment – cinema
The Village Cinema works as an observatory, from which the villagers can peep into each other’s lives, and a cinema house, where they can get a glimpse of reality from a completely new perspective. Based on the structure of the periscope, the Village Cinema works as a mirror of the outside world. The installation rolls on wheels, so that the viewers can choose the genre they want to watch: for instance, if they feel like watching a documentary on nature, it is possible to roll the cinema close to a field or a nearby forest. The creators think that happenings of everyday life are just as interesting as the thrills that we see in cinemas, and the Village Cinema helps the villagers to learn more about themselves and each other. And as in every cinema, the movies shown in Hello Wood’s film theatre have soundtracks: it is in fact a real soundtrack, consisting of a wooden track in which a metal ball rolls around to create ever-changing music for the pictures.
Rufus van den Ban (1980, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Suzana Milinović (1971, Sisak, Croatia) both earned their master degree in architecture at the TU in Delft and worked for HPArchitects (Rufus still does). Since 2007 they are back at the Faculty of Architecture in Delft, now as guest teachers, visiting critics and research assistants for the departments The Architecture of the Interior as well as for Landscape Architecture. Together, they do small experimental projects as Studio Positif. In their projects, they try to involve all kinds of different participants- approching art and architecture as an act, rather than something finished. By incorporating research, education and art in their work, they explore the boundaries of architecture.
Revealing the secret mysteries invisible for the naked eye; hidden layers of the daily life full of adventure, love, poetics, murder; that’s cinema! And this summer we bring it to the village! It’s main and only feature: Hello Wood. We propose a tiny film house that allows two or three people together to secretly peek at a framed piece of the daily life at the village while strange and beautiful sounds produced within the frame of the structure itself influence the experience of the spectacle.
What seemed normal behaviour at first now becomes suspicious as we start to look for meaning behind every movement of the fellow villagers when the music tells us that something is going on.
This is a cinema that produces films itself. The visuals come directly from the surroundings, real time. Primitive wooden mechanics manipulate the image and create an accompanying soundtrack that alters the perception of the things happening outside. The cinema should be mobile to enable the choice of scenery or even genre. Place the structure next to the kitchen and you can see a culinary movie, next to the forest it will be a nature documentary, and in a bedroom it becomes yet another genre.