In the world of architecture, film is rarely used as a medium for exploring the possibilities of the future. It is often restricted to documentary purposes, used only to reveal that which already exists. However, film has the potential to unleash a vast array of architectural fantasies that would otherwise die on the drawing table: impossible configurations and bold spatial relationships can be explored without the constraints of budget, time, or gravity. Furthermore, film has the capacity to make these imaginary futures feel real by engaging space with sound and emotion to create a complete sensory experience.
This short film aims to engage the discipline of architecture by proposing an alternate reality for a strange city. In this surrealist vision of Los Angeles, the laws of space and time begin to unravel. The city becomes something it is not and can never be; part dystopia and part utopia, this breach of the laws of the universe can only be the result of an elusive “rift” in space and time.
Animated, filmed and edited by Kimberly Daul for UCLA Department of Architecture's "Augmenting Reality", December 2013.
Music by Kimberly Daul.