Seminar S1 BU - Fall Semester 2019

Picture: Film still from Blade Runner by Ridley Scott, 1982


The theory seminar will deal with architectural and cinematic space. The focus is on the scenographic potential of architecture. Cinematic space will be created in front of the camera, with the camera, as well as behind the camera (cut). In this seminar, we will analyse the creative strategies that create spatial atmosphere on all three levels of the production of scenic atmosphere and test how they can be used for the creation of an architectural space.

Teaching Aims

Making use of collages, storyboards and scene models, students will analyse movements in space, time, and plot using Kafka’s novel “The Trial”. Furthermore, they will design a scene architecturally, film on the model and rework it (editing). What has been read in space-related theory texts and in Kafka’s novel “The Trial” will be put in a first individual task prior to the seminar. During the seminar week we have three evenings planned for movie presentations in Biel / Bienne.


Teaching Forms
Lecture, film analysis, storyboard writing and drawing, stage design, filming, editing, screening.

English, German, French

Teaching Team
Tim Kammasch, Marcel Bächtiger, Henriette Lutz, Stanislas Zimmermann

Henriette Lutz, henriette.lutz@bfh.ch

Filmpodium &  Centre Pasquart, Seevorstadt 73 / Faubourg du Lac 73,  2502 Biel / Bienne

ECTS units

14th– 18th October 2019, 10:00-22:00 every day, Friday 10:00 - 18 :00
First meeting: Monday, 14th October 2019, 10:00

50-80 students


We recommend the students to stay overnight in Biel, as we have film screenings and group work every evening. A youth hostel nearby is www.lagolodge.ch



CVs Teaching Team

Tim Kammasch
Dr. phil., Professor for Cultural and Architecture Theory at the BFH. Selection of recent publications: «Loosing Loos Falling», in : Magma et Principe vol 5, EPFL, Lausanne 2019 ; «Auf den Wegen von Greenwich Park – Erinnerungen an ein Gespräch über Architektur und Musik», in : KSG-Forum vol. 32, Bern 2019 ; «Theory in Darwin’s Theatre», in : Darwin’s Theatre, Babl Architects, Zürich 2019.

Marcel Bächtiger
Dr. and dipl. Architect ETH Zurich. Filmmaker, lecturer, researcher and editor at Hochparterre. In his doctoral thesis “Augen, die anders sehen”, he analyses the cinematographic foundations of Le Corbusier’s œuvre.

Henriette Lutz
Dipl. Architect TU Munich. Worked as an architect in Germany and Switzerland, i.a. for giuliani hönger architekten. 2017 Henriette Lutz and Sonja Huber founded henson architekten in Berne and Zurich. Since 2018 research associate at the BFH.

Stanislas Zimmermann
Dipl. Architect EPFL, Lecturer for Architectural Design at the BFH and partner of the furniture label it design and architectural practice jomini & zimmermann in Zürich. www.it-happens.ch, www.j-z.ch