DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Architecture of Infinity

Architecture of Infinity

In Japanese aesthetics, Wabi-Sabi describes a continuous cycle of becoming and passing away. Temporality and age are inherent in every object and creature and, depending on one’s outlook, may transcend to infinity. How can this be imagined? What goes beyond it? The filmmaker Christoph Schaub starts his very personal journey through time and space in his childhood, when his fascination with sacred buildings began – and his wonder at beginnings and ends.

Architecture helps separate the finite and the infinite. It offers protection from what is boundless, at the same time creating a sense of vastness, the narrator claims. Together with architects and artists he explores the magic of sacred spaces, defined here as far more than church buildings. The artist James Turrell, known, among other things, for his “Skyspaces”, reflects on who owns spirituality – fundamental for this film which follows “spiritual life” in architecture and the fine arts, but also in nature, and literally lifts it over and above the limits of thinking. A slightly floating camera immerses us in other-worldly, somnambulistic images, takes us on a sensual and sensing journey through vast spaces, and guides our eye towards the infinity of the starry sky and the depths of the ocean. Past and present, primeval times and light years, it’s all there.

Annina Wettstein
Original Title: Architektur der Unendlichkeit
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2018
Language: English, German, Portuguese, Swiss German
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 86 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Christoph Schaub
Producer: Brigitte Hofer, Cornelia Seitler
Cinematographer: Ramon Giger
Editor: Marina Wernli
Animation: William Crook
Sound: Jan Illing, Jacques Kieffer, Reto Stamm
Music: Jojo Mayer
Script: Christoph Schaub, Samuel Ammann

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.