An Installation by Boris Hars-Tschachotin
LINES IN FLOW plays with the idea that Ken Adam might be found sitting at his drawing table in the Shepperton Studios near London. Smoking a cigar, he conjures up the year 1962.
Ken Adam has picked up his Flo-Master again for this installation, at age 93. Before the eyes of viewers, he uses his felt-tip pen to recreate his designs of a nuclear blastproof conference room located below the Pentagon; his iconic “War Room” from DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (Stanley Kubrick, 1964). While drawing, he talks about the fundamental spatial metamorphosis that this center of power went through.
The installation takes an in-depth look at drawing as a production designer’s creative means of expression, while providing insights into the process involved in designing cinematic spaces. Five of the 14 drawings still preserved for the “War Room” were redrawn and animated for this purpose. A reverse process that Adam had repeatedly put into practice was applied. Referring to this technique, Adam commented: “These ‘negative’ drawings were highly inspiring.”
LINES IN FLOW Installation
Concept, direction, production: Boris Hars-Tschachotin, Liquid Blues Production
Artistic collaboration: Kai Rostásy (Camera), Sirko Knüpfer (Film Editing), Max-Julian Otto (Draftsman), Florian Obrecht (Visual Effects Artist), Michael Reuter (Post Production Supervisor, Post Republic GmbH), Jean-Michel Boublil (VFX Supervisor, Automatik), Jana Irmert (Sound Design), Matthias Schwab (Sound Mixing), Michel Buchner (Transension B.V., Holography), Nik Burmester, Philipp Kaszubowski (Burmester Event- & Medientechnik GmbH, Media Systems Consulting), Frank Semerau (lighting technician), Ben Bernhard (assistant cameraman), Jörg Johow (camera for smoke effect), Mandy Schuller (Assistant Set Decorator), Andreas-Michael Velten (Still Photgrapher)