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Dirk Peuker, Bettina NÜRNBERG

Die Amerikanischen Häuser

Doc. expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 20:0 | Allemagne | 2010

The film ?The American Houses? examines the buildings of the nearly forgotten german architect, Thilo Schoder. Schoder, who had studied under Henry van de Velde in Weimar, was classified as an architect of ?The New Objectivity? movement of the 1920s. Schoder built only a few houses in the 8 years period, from 1923 to 1931, in small villages from eastern Germany to the Czech Republic. When the Nazis took power Schoder, accused of being a socialist, was refused any further building contracts, forcing him to emigrate to Norway. In ?The American Houses? the condition of the buildings filmed range from highly renovated to abandoned and dilapidated. The surviving examples are not portrayed as technical depictions, but as subjective sensation.

Dirk Peuker born in 1970 2000-2005 University of Arts Berlin, Master of Fine Arts, Experimental Film and Media Department Mentor: Hartmut Bitomsky, Heinz Emigholz, Thomas Arslan 2006 Artist Grant from the Nordmedia Film Foundation and the Hannover Region Cultural Foundation 2007 DAAD Artist Grant 2008 Postgraduate Artist Grant Free State of Thuringia 2009 NaFÖG Grant from Berliner Senat since 2009 assistant professor for film and video Weißensee/School of Art Berlin Bettina Nürnberg born in 1976 2002-2007 University of Fine Arts Hamburg, Master of Fine Arts, Film Department Mentor: Wim Wenders, Gerd Roscher 2007 Künstlerinnenförderung ?artist film fond from Berliner Senat 2008 Production grant from Thuringia Region Cultural Film Foundation 2009 Stiftung Kunstfond, Artist Grand Germany