IoA Institute of Architecture

University of Applied Arts Vienna

2007 Special Effects

2007 Special Effects

Special Effects


The 2007 SLIVER Lecture Series at the Angewandte speculates about atmospheres and effects – a contemporary interest that extends from film and video to art, design and architecture.

Generally conceived as a set of filmic techniques, special effects intensify an on-screen environment through illusion and spectacle. Nevertheless, special effects originate in the constructed environment - through forced perspective and labyrinthine spaces, for instance. Contemporary lighting, color, translucent and reflective materials, pyrotechnics, and even dynamic structures infuse products, installations and buildings  with ever greater atmospheric and emotional intensity.

Each lecturer works at different scales in different mediums with different agendas, but their work contains  an emotional intention specific to a contemporary sensibility rather than a modernist one.

Each one is an  expert producer of special effects.