alegriawebEl próximo martes 29 de octubre comienza en IE University, a las 13,00 horas, el ciclo de conferencias ENCOUNTERS, organizado por la Escuela de Arquitectura, con la proyección de película “Emak Bakia!” y una posterior charla por parte de Oskar Alegría, autor del documental sobre la búsqueda de la casa de Man Ray, “Emak Bakia”.

La casa Emak Bakia.- Una película vanguardista de Man Ray llamada Emak Bakia, en vasco “Déjame en paz”, desata la historia de una búsqueda. La casa donde se rodó en 1926 cerca de Biarritz tuvo ese peculiar nombre y Oskar Alegria decide emprender un camino a pie hacia su localización. De aquella mansión, Man Ray solo dio a conocer tres planos: la imagen de su puerta principal, dos columnas de una ventana y un trozo de costa cercana. La búsqueda a través de esas imágenes antiguas no será fácil. El nombre no figura en los archivos y nadie recuerda hoy la casa. Por eso se pedirá ayuda y colaboración a otros informantes como el azar y el viento. 



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Oskar Alegria. Emak Bakia!

The search for the house where Man Ray inspired his avant-garde cinema. 

Do clowns really die? Do princesses answer letters? Do we picture death as a white horse? Where do old words go when they disappear? These are some of the questions asked in Emak Bakia Baita (The Emak Bakia House), a documentary on the search for the house on the Basque coast where Man Ray shot his famous film Emak Bakia (Leave Me Alone) back in 1926. Eighty years after the shooting, Oskar Alegria sets out to find the house on the basis of four clues: the house’s weird name, a photogram of a window, a photogram of a door and an image of the sea. 

Oskar Alegria (Pamplona, 1973). Trained as a journalist, he began working as a reporter in Madrid on news programs for Canal+ and CNN+. He has been an editor of cultural programs and has directed the series “Masters of Basque Cooking” for ETB-telebista. Since 2002, he writes travel reports for the supplement to El País, El Viajero, and is the author of a photographic artistic project called “The Visible Cities,” endorsed by the author Enrique Vila-Matas and the artist Esther Ferrer. He is a professor of documentary scripts in the Masters of Audiovisual Scripts from the University of Navarra and since 2013, he has been appointed as new Artistic Director for Pamplona´s Punto de Vista International Film Festival.   




Lecture series 2013-2014. IE University, Campus Santa Cruz la Real


A project, by definition, is always an encounter. The posing of a question is a trigger for the creative process; in order to find a response, there must first be an encounter.

Encounters sometimes take place with other preexisting projects. This is the case in the work of Oskar Alegria, who will discuss a documentary that deals with an experimental film by Man Ray from the 1920’s, reproduced now to register the process of his own search. Or that of the work of Elia Zenghelis, who will question the relationship of politics and architecture and will explore how reconsidering the earlier projects can be a mode of generating new and proposals.

Encounters also happen with the different agents involved in design operations. This is how Toni Kotnik understands the integration of scientific knowledge into the creative process, using digital tools to help explore a poetics of architectural form. Merritt Bucholz, meanwhile, explores the desire of the architect to introduce specific analyses and inputs –especially those related to energy efficiency–   during design development, in order to guide the generation of durable architectural forms.

Over the course of this academic year, four guests with quite diverse backgrounds and experiences will explain different ways to establish the starting point of a project, different means to trigger the design process, and different results of creative encounters. Each of them will show that we are not alone in the shaping of the built environment, that there is a common ground formed by other designers and other projects, to which we must necessarily add. It is the sense of belonging to that bigger fabric that makes the practice of design so intriguing, and it is this concept which we will have the chance to discuss during the current lecture series.




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