Das Interview mit Denise Scott-Brown ist im Rahmen des metroZones-Projekts »Global Prayers« entstanden. Jochen Becker, der es 2013 geführt hat, hat es uns dankenswerterweise zur Verfügung gestellt. Eine Besprechung der Ausstellung »Downtown Denise Scott-Brown« von Jochen Becker ist in dérive 74 erschienen.
The video discusses Denise Scott-Brown’s »African Perspective«: Born in Northern Rhodesia (now Sambia) and grown up in Johannesburg, she entered the London and US-American scene of urban research, architecture and social engagement with a different view. Parts of her family have been Baltic jews, other parts have been strong followers of British colonial rules and the South African Apartheid-state.
The interview, taken at her Philadelphia home which she shares with her professional partner and husband Robert Venturi (who died 2018), was part of a research on their methods of artistic driven urban cultural research on Las Vegas, by us applied on the »Religious Strip« of Prayer Camps along a highway north of Lagos/Nigeria.
More on that you will find in the contributions by Jochen Becker as well as the artists Sabine Bitter/Helmut Weber in the publication »Global Prayers - Contemporary Manifestations of the Religious in the City«, edited by Jochen Becker, Katrin Klingan, Stephan Lanz and Kathrin Wildner.
The original conversation took almost a day until dawn and the video storage was finally exhausted. We want to thank Denise Scott Brown as well as Robert Venturi for that wonderful day.
Denise Scott-Brown: An African Perspective
Interview: Jochen Becker / metroZones
Camera and editing: Amir Husak
Production: metroZones / Haus der Kulturen der Welt for Global Prayers