Microtopia

Microtopia

Category
2015-Competition, Habitat

Jesper Wachtmeister

Sweden, 2013, 52’

Editing: Oscar Willey
Photography: Kenneth Svedlund

Halk Eğitim Merkezi, Friday 16:00- 18:00

Synopsis: How would you feel about carrying your home in your pocket or having clothes to live in? For most of us, “house” means stability, structure, and permanence. In an age of increasing population and technological gains, today’s mobile society has resulted in a demand, or perhaps a dream, for portable dwellings and dwellings in new settings and situations.

“Microtopia” explores how architects, artists and ordinary problem-solvers are pushing the limits to find answers to their dreams of portability, flexibility – and of creating independence from “the grid”. Modern nomads are homeless people, people in stress, people in need of privacy or seclusion. We hear about the personal reasons behind the dwellings and see how they actually work. On the sidewalk, on rooftops, in industrial landscapes and in nature we will see and feel how these abodes meet the dreams set up by their creators. “Microtopia” deals with contemporary urgent ideas that are addressed and solved in a very surprising way.

Director: Jesper Wachtmeister is the founder of Solaris Film Production and a director, a producer and a multimedia artist who today has directed more than ten films in different categories and who also works with multimedia installations. His award-winning films have been broadcasted internationally; they are touring art museums and film festivals across the globe and are represented by several international distributors. His films are part of art, architecture and cultural education in more than 50 universities and institutes in Asia, Europe and North America. One of his first documentaries was “102 Years in the Heart of Europe – a Portrait of Ernst Jünger” (Line-producer, director and editor 1998) which envisions the German controversial writer’s theories concerning mans relationship to the machine, war, drugs and the death of God. This film has been broadcasted at the major Nordic TV-stations and shown at festivals worldwide. “Bruno is Back” (Line-producer, director and editor, 2001) which is about the Swedish functionalist pioneer architect Bruno Mathsson opened the Year of Architecture 2001 at Museum of Modern Art / Museum of Architecture in Stockholm and has been broadcasted in Scandinavia and shown at festivals worldwide. “Shakkei – Borrowed Scenery” (producer, director, DP, editor, 2001), an experimental documentary about natural and artificial environments in Japan, reached its audience through international film festivals and art galleries. In 2001 he founded Solaris Filmproduktion, a film and multimedia production unit with focus on documentaries and multimedia installations. “Kochuu – Japanese Architecture, Influence & Origin” (producer, director, editor 2003) that was produced by Solaris Filmproduktion was awarded with the Architects Prize at International Film Festival of Documentaries on Architecture 2004, and has been broadcasted at the major Nordic TV stations and shown at Festivals and Art Museums internationally. In 2007 he finished the critically acclaimed (DN 2007-03-30) documentary “Great Expectations” (Director, editor, producer, 2007) about architectural visions of the future in our time, and how it is to live today in the architecture of tomorrow. The film has been broadcasted globally and shown at Festivals and Art Museums in Asia, Europe and North America. He recently finished another critically acclaimed (DN 2010-10-19) documentary “Test Site” (Director, editor, co-producer 2010) about the people, activities and myths of the North American Desert. 
Currently Jesper Wachtmeister and Solaris Filmproduktion have three documentaries and a series of multimedia installations in development.