On the Spirit of the Funkhaus:
Claudia Larcher’s Video
First published in
ORF Vorarlberg (ed.): Claudia Larcher—Baumeister. Hohenems: Bucher Verlag, 2013, pp. 91–95.
Cornelia Lund, Holger Lund. “On the Spirit of the Funkhaus: Claudia Larcher’s Video Baumeister,” in: Cornelia Lund, Holger Lund (eds.). Lund Audiovisual Writings, 2017, http://www.lundaudiovisualwritings.org/baumeister
Art can emerge autonomously and more or less freely, or not autonomously, as a commissioned work, but that is far from meaning that it is not free. In the best of cases, a thematic incentive is provided that can lead to an engagement with something already existing and yet generates an independent work. ORF Funkhaus Dornbirn succeeded in providing just such an incentive, and Claudia Larcher’s video Baumeister (2012) goes far beyond merely paying homage to Gustav Peichl’s architecture. In what could be classified as something between architectural film, documentary film, and experimental film, Larcher, working with the composer Constantin Popp, combines the building, film, and sound in a reflected way that emphasizes form and its ghosts. The result is an audiovisual exploration of architecture that focuses on central aspects of Peichl’s architecture.