Film Series PANTALLA PAVELLÓ - Fundació Mies van der Rohe


Margins, boundaries and borders
Relationships between built space and social structures

In Ten Books on Architecture, Vitruvius says that when man first mastered fire and saw that it was good, he gestured to others to gather around him. Once assembled around the heat and the light of the flame, they began to develop language to give names to the things around them. It was then that they needed to ensure that the situation would continue and began to build around them, to protect the place and the fire from inclement weather. Thus sprang architecture, from the desire to make communities last. But in addition to taking care of and protecting what was inside, the people and their language, their laws and norms, the built space also established a boundary and a border with what was outside: the wilderness, the unknown, darkness… others. Beyond the technical aspects, architecture and the city represent the solidification of the social spaces and the communities they shelter. Law and the word articulate the community and architecture and its walls maintain it in space and time, making the continuation of this situation possible.

In this edition of the Pantalla Pavelló (“Pavilion Screen”) sessions, we have selected a series of films in which the relationship between the built space, its boundaries and borders, and the people that inhabit it is accentuated and revealed in its maximum expression.

Architecture, and cities along with it, is not simply the innocuous backdrop and stage where we live our lives, but determines and influences how we live, just like our rules for living together and the laws regulating societies.

Based on this idea, the Fundació Mies van der Rohe – Barcelona, invites us to reflect on the built space surrounding us, the cities we want and, as such, the society we desire.

Each film will have a guest give a brief presentation and introduction to the subject. The film will also be followed by a discussion.

3 July, “La Zona” (“The Zone”) Rodrigo Plá
Introduced and presented by Miquel Fernández – PhD in Social Anthropology and Professor in the Sociology Department of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)

31 July, “Beasts of the Southern Wild“ Benh Zeitlin
Introduced and presented by Daniele Porreta – PhD in Theory and History of Architecture

4 September, “High Rise” Ben Wheatley, Benjamin Taylor
Introduced and presented by Ester Jordana – Member of the Faculty of Contemporary Philosophy of the University of Barcelona (UB) and Professor at BAU.


4 September -High Rise by Ben Wheatley & Benjamin Taylor (VOS cast)
Introduced and presented by Ester Jordana – Member of the Faculty of Contemporary Philosophy of the University of Barcelona (UB) and Professor at BAU.

On the higher floors, the wealthier residents touch the sky, while the “real families” are confined to lurk in the shadows nearer the ground. In this microcosmic society, class differences (middle and above) are as clearly signposted as the numbers on the doors and apartments. Meanwhile, up in the penthouse, the building’s architect and “midwife” lives in rooftop isolation, a man who designed this hellhole as “a crucible for change” and thinks it may become “a paradigm” for future developments. (Mark Kermode)

Ester Jordana. Associate Professor at Bau, Centre Universitari de Disseny and at the University of Barcelona. She is part of the Chair of Contemporary Philosophy of the University of Barcelona and collaborates with the Research Group on Design and Social Transformation (GREDITS) in the line of research of “Objetologies”. Her research revolves around the notion of transformation in its multiple perspectives – aesthetic, political, historical and ontological – trying to account for how transformative experiences can be generated from thought, art and politics.


31 July, “Beasts of the Southern Wild“ – Benh Zeitlin (VOS cat)
Introduced and presented by Daniele Porreta – PhD in Theory and History of Architecture

A mixed community of raffish survivors’ cling to a tiny strip of land on the wrong side of a levee. They call their sloshy bit of turf the Bathtub. Everyone is hilariously unconcerned with bourgeois habits of cleanliness and propriety as well as the anxieties of consumerism and status. Yet they all live by a serious code: You don’t let anyone down who’s in trouble. It’s not a documentary; and there’s nothing in it of the anthropological earnestness that can deaden a film that looks into an obscure corner of the world.

Daniele Porretta. Architect, graduated from the Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”. Since 2001 he lives in Barcelona where he develops research activity on the contemporary city. Doctor in Theory and History of Architecture by ETSAB-UPC with a thesis directed by Juan José Lahuerta on the evolution of the image of the city of the future during the first half of the twentieth century, from technological utopias to dystopias of social control. He has been a member of the research group Critical Archive of the Barcelona Model of the ETSAB, directed by Josep Maria Montaner. He is a member of the Col·lectiu Accions Urbanes, of the network of Arquitectures Col·lectives, and collaborates with associations and platforms of Barcelona on urbanism and tourism subjects. He has been director and curator of the courses La ciutat i l’imaginari de la destrucció (2011), Casa(s). Mirades sobre la idea d’habitar (2015) i La ciutat del futur: utopies i distòpies at the Institut d’Humanitats de Barcelona.


3 July, “La Zona” (“The Zone”) – Rodrigo Plá
Introduced and presented by Miquel Fernández – PhD in Social Anthropology and Professor in the Sociology Department of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)

The wall is a contrasting and controversial urban image that appears as a symbol of deprivation, displacement and exclusion; an element that generates social and spatial conflicts. The Zone is a closed universe where the characters, ruled by fear, end up inventing their own rules regardless of the law governing others. Moral standards as the basic notions of respect and coexistence, are diluted in a primitive and dehumanised way of acting where the other, the one on the outside is no longer seen as a person but simply as an enemy to destroy.

Miquel Fernández González. PhD in Social Anthropology and master’s degree in Criminology and Legal Sociology from the University of Barcelona (UB). Master’s and graduate in sociology and social and cultural anthropology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He has coordinated the publication of the book Fabricant l’immigrant (Pagès; 2009) and on this same topic, he has published the chapters “Immigrants per sempre?” (Els Altres Andalusos. La qüestió nacional, L’Esfera dels llibres, 2005) and “Immigració i associacionisme. De la nostàlgia a la ciutadania” (Els Terrassencs del Segle XX. Editorial Lunkberg, 2005) or articles such as “Treballadors invisibles. Ciutadans il·legals. Una esquerda a la Cohesió social de Catalunya” (Idees, 2008). He has published articles on other issues such as violence and new technologies (“La violència i la seva normativització”. Revista d’estudis de la violència, 2009; Joves, vídeo digital i drogues. Prevenim.dro. PDS, 2011). His latest research stage has focused on symbolic and systemic violence with various articles on urban transformation and urban alteration in the Raval district of Barcelona (“La invenció de l’espai públic com a territori per l’excepció. El cas del Barri Xino de Barcelona”. Crítica Penal i Poder, 2012; “Usos de l’estigma. El paper de la prostitució en la revalorització urbanística “Illa Robador”. Quaderns-e de l’Institut Català d’Antropologia, 2012; “Contra el bé, la civilització i el progrés. Apunts per una epistemologia de la moral relativa a les Intervencions urbanístiques al Raval”. Astrolabi: revista internacional de filosofia, 2012, among others).

His doctoral thesis “Matar al Chino. Entre la Revolución urbanística y el asedio urbano en el barrio del Raval de Barcelona” defended in 2012 was published by Virus Editorial in 2014. In addition to ISOR, he is the founder and first coordinator of the Observatory of Anthropology of the Urban Conflict, member of GRECS (Social Exclusion and Control Research Group) and professor of Anthropology of Social Movements and Project Design at the Master’s Degree in Social Exclusion of the UB. Professor of Contemporary Sociological Thought and Sociology of Identities at the UAB. Consultant of the subject of Sociology for the joint degree of Anthropology and Human Evolution offered by the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.




3-7-2017 & 31-7-2017, 4-9-2017 - 21:30h

Organised with

Curator: Celia Marín Vega


Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

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Free entrance, no reservation needed

With the presence of:
Moritz Case bw