Architecture of Infinity
A Film by Christoph Schaub
A sensual and sensing journey through sacred spaces beyond our built world
1st edition, 2019
DVD in hardcover with booklet
Film in original language with subtitles in German, English and French, playing time approx 85 min, color
Booklet with texts in German and English, 32 pages, 23 color illustrations
14.5 x 19.5 cm
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? Swiss filmmaker Christoph Schaub sets out for a personal journey through time and space. He starts in his childhood, when his fascination with sacred buildings began, and also his wondering about beginnings and ends. In dialogue with architects Peter Zumthor, Peter Märkli, and Alvaro Siza, artists James Turell and Cristina Iglesias, and musician Jojo Mayer, Schaub explores the magic of sacred spaces, a term that for him represents much more than just churches.
Architecture of Infinity traces spirituality in architecture and fine arts as well as in nature, and even over and above the limits of thought. The lightly floating camera immerses the viewer in somnambulistic images, taking him on a sensual and sensing journey through vast spaces, guiding his eye towards the star-spangled sky’s infinity and the depths of the ocean. Past and present, primeval times and light years, it is all there.
Received the AWARD FOR BEST ESSAY at the FIFA International Festival of Films on Art 2020.
Christoph Schaub, born 1958 in Zurich, is one of Switzerland’s most distinguished film directors. Besides of documentaries on various subjects he has also realized many dramas and comedies.
"This impressive film by Christoph Schaub explores the question of why certain spaces possess an aura, an energy that exceeds the describable sensory perception." Phoenix
"Christoph Schaub dares to use the ninety-minute film in a two-dimensional format about a three-dimensional experience. He achieves this through the emotional access with light, sound, music and lets the inner images with associations and memories of the audience run free." Martina Pfeifer Steiner, nextroom
"A lightly floating camera takes the observer on a somnambulistic journey into spatial expanses—to all those places where transcendence can be sensually experienced in a variety of ways." Cube
"Christoph Schaub's film with original music by Swiss drummer Jojo Mayer captivates with its calm and serenity and gives the audience time for their own reflections." Urs Berger, Biel-Benkemer Dorf-Zytig
"A lightly floating camera lets us immerse ourselves in somnambulistic images, takes us on a sensual journey into spatial expanses, leads our gaze into the infinity of the starry sky and into the depths of the sea." Michi Baumann, kulturkueche.de
"From the first moment to the end credits, director Christoph Schaub convinced us through his ability to share personal questioning in a story with just the right rhythm. We were moved by this essay that is unafraid to let long, contemplative time stand still, by the beauty of its images, by the relevance of the gaze of its protagonists, all craftsmen of the infinite.", highlighted the jury at the FIFA International Festival of Films on Art 2020.