Sasha Pirker

Sasha PirkerDirector of
DONALD JUDD AND I

Born in 1969 in Vienna, studied linguistics. Teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Video and video installation THINKING THE FORM at the Viennale in 2011.
Sasha Pirkeris not just a filmmaker but a philosopher of space: Her architectural explorations of public and private buildings by eminent architects, such as Lautner, Schindler and Niemeyer aren’t documentaries on buildings but dialogues with these structures’ social, political and societal dimensions. Pirker’s close look at detail speaks for the whole: with a downright affectionate understanding of space, she looks out from the inside (less often the other way round), foregoes the big picture of overall views for a gaze into interiors, as if into the bowels of utopias and sanctuaries cast in stone. The power of her films is frequently due to the interplay of images and sounds, when, for instance, the weird and wonderful stories told by people off camera make the architectural space come alive with astonishing tales.
Films (selection): JOHN LAUTNER, THE DESERT HOT SPRINGS MOTEL (2007), THE FUTURE WILL NOT BE CAPITALIST (2010), THESE WALLS WERE BUILT BY DONALD JUDD (ONE CHAPTER, IN TEXAS) (2015).