Dear friends and visitors,

we invite you to join us this Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Stari Grad Museum for an evening dedicated to the tradition of summer cinemas in Dalmatia.

The programme begins at 8.30pm with a lecture by Jelena Botteri and Juraj Glasinović on the architecture of summer cinemas. Summer cinemas were a trend in the 1950s and 1960s. They are closely related to the summer season and the Mediterranean area, but they also appear in other parts of the world. Such cinemas are architecturally specific, originating from the theatre of ancient Greece. They continue on the idea of an open room, a garden, hortus conclusus, one of the basic architectural typologies. In addition to geoclimatic conditions, the socio-political environment was also important for the development of local socio-cultural activity. Architectural typology, architectural drawing, anthropology of place, history and socio-cultural heritage of open-air cinema are the subject of this lecture. Basic case studies examine existing examples and the collective memory of summer cinemas in the Dalmatian archipelago. Finally, the synthesis captures the possibilities of heritage conservation, artistic-architectural interpretation and the revitalisation of the outdoor cinema phenomenon.

Jelena Botteri (1981) graduated in 2007 from the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb. As an architect, she worked at the njirić+ and 51N4E architectural offices, and participated in architectural competitions with David Kabalin and Ivana Stanić. She is involved in the study of summer cinema architecture with Juraj Glasinović in the architecture and media collective Platforma 9.81, and received her master’s degree in 2017 from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University’s history department in Paris. She currently lives and works as an architect in Paris.

Juraj Glasinović (1980) graduated in 2006 from the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb. During his studies, he became a member of the architecture and media collective Platforma 9.81 and later worked at the STUDIO UP architectural office and the Institute for Architecture. Besides teaching at the Faculty of Architecture, he is working on architectural projects with Nikola Fabijanić, raising two children with Dora Dolecki Glasinović and plays chess.

Next on the programme, starting at 9.30 pm, is screening of the Islands of Forgotten Cinemas, a documentary short and a talk with the author Ivan Ramljak. Islands of Forgotten Cinemas (Restart, 2016, 35′) is a poetic documentary about the lost film culture in the small villages on the Croatian islands during the second half of the 20th century. Six witnesses of the time are remembering their favourite films and events related to their viewing and screening experiences, which marked their lives.

Ivan Ramljak is a film critic, director and independent curator. He is currently the program coordinator of Kratki utorak (“Short Tuesday”) at Tuškanac Cinema in Zagreb. So far, he has directed five short films, four of them in collaboration with Marko Škobalj. His current filmography includes Baba Višnjina 38 (2008), Najpametnije naselje u državi (2009), Oslobođenje u 26 slika (2009), In Utero (2011) and Trapula (2013).

The entrance is free!


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