The video QUADRO (Italian for square, picture, frame) is a film portrait of a monumental 1960s apartment building built in the Italian coastal city of Trieste. Resembling a fortress, this imposing structure, laid out in the shape of a square, seems to float on top of a hill overlooking the city.
This edifice, in a bold and gigantic concrete structure, embodies its period´s ideas concerning a social utopia.
Its material and structure serve as elements which unite the filmic interpretation. The rhythm of the editing corresponds to the architectural body´s meter. Constructed space is manifested in filmic time.
Artist and architect Lotte Schreiber juxtaposes two materials, exposed concrete and glass, with Super-8 and digital video.
Accompanied by the intense electronic soundtrack by Stefan Németh, the contemplative flow of images develops an irresistible suggestive pull. Again and again the rigidly framed static shots in grainy black and white are abruptly torn apart by extremely jumpy video footage.
This video is not an architectural documentary in a conventional sense. Its sole foundation is solely the filmmaker´s subjective feeling of fascination for the constructed manifestation of a radical design idea and a failed social utopia.