Composed exclusively of quotes drawn from political speeches, debates and proclamations that extract and emphasize the iconoclasm of architecture, art and monuments – Tear Down and Rebuild creates an original conversation between four characters.
A Nation Builder, a Pragmatist, a Conservationist and an Artist/Architect become a reflection of ideological deliberation facing a practical scruple. Including words drawn from Regan’s speech on the Berlin Wall, Prince Charles’s 1984 address at RIBA and Isis bloggers’ proclamation on the demolishment of temples, Tear Down and Rebuild uses rhetoric that endorses demolition and redesign as necessary processes in the creation of new displays for ensuing nation-states or ideological positions.
As the film’s narrative unfolds, the viewer is witness to the final decision to demolish the fictitious building, the image of which is constructed in the spectator’s imagination through a collage of quotations on diverse, ideologically charged buildings and monuments that were to be or were demolished in our recent history.
Filmed within the interiors of the former Palace of the Federation in Belgrade, Tear Down and Rebuild utilises the actual building as a stage par-excellence, where the time shift points to the universality and timelessness of the paradox of national and ideological representation and its icons.