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"The structural change in the Rhenish mining area is of outstanding importance for the region, the neighbouring regions and for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The change towards CO2-neutral energy supply, largely closed resource cycles and new attractive residential, working and leisure locations has a model function throughout Germany and beyond. RWTH wants to actively accompany the change. "1

The aim of the event is to realise photographic series and short films, up to five minutes long, from photographs and sounds. The students develop concepts, realise their photographic works with a focus on REVIERa and then finalise their cinematic works in editing.
"Photo films are films that essentially consist of still photographs, that question our viewing habits, that make us think cinema. Photo films demand active, reflective viewers. Because once the image is in the film, it invites us to contemplate and we find pleasure in "seeing more". Photo-films are experimental laboratories that allow us to present urban phenomena in a new way on film." (Viva Fotofilm bewegt/unbewegt, Schüren Verlag 2010)
Language, sounds, atmospheres, music take on a special significance here, they decide on the tempo, rhythm and length of the still image, since a photograph has no duration. Sound and image are therefore in dialogue, they seek each other out and bump into each other, complement each other, condition each other, shift each other, open up new associative spaces.

Methodologically, the course is based on the films: Cities (Territories & Occupation) (2019), and Cities (Potential Space) (2014), directed/photographed/edited by Gusztáv Hámos and Katja Pratschke.

The elective is part of the cross-faculty initiative REVIERa and the "networked teaching" held for this purpose in the summer semester.


Gusztáv Hámos Prof. Thomas Schmitz