Skip to Main Content

Rooftop Architecture & Design Film Series: Invention by Mark Lewis

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 from 7:00pm to 10:30pm


Positions0 Remaining
Age Limit18 and up
Seeking volunteer help with a film on Thursday, April 27 at the Jones Center. As a volunteer you will assist with guest check-in and breakdown at the end of the film. You will have the opportunity to watch the film as part of your shift. 

An anthology of fourteen silent films—from famous corners of the Louvre museum in Paris to the modernist buildings of Oscar Niemeyer in São Paulo and Mies van der Rohe in Toronto—Invention takes us on a dynamic tour of fluctuating cityscapes. The anthology captures the texture of these places, their landmarks, and the people who inhabit their streets and buildings, with images of glass, light, shifting reflections, hard concrete, spiral staircases—and paintings. With Invention, Lewis nods to the experimental city symphony documentaries of the 1920s, which were made to capture day-in-the-life portraits of cities and their urban inhabitants.

Shot in the artist’s signature style of long, meandering takes using an almost free-floating camera, the film juxtaposes architecture, urban life, and art. The camera drifts along buildings and streets, lingering on structural details, before swirling off into a different direction, creating surprising patterns and vantage points. The first feature by acclaimed visual artist Mark Lewis, Invention had its world premiere in 2015 at the Toronto International Film Festival and was presented in the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. (Mark Lewis, 2015, silent, 87 min.)

Social Website
PerksGet to watch the movie for free.
Parking DetailsCity Parking Meter for $1.20/hr. Parking garages at 7th and Brazos (range from $7 - 10). Public transportation is encouraged.
2 Positions Filled | 1 Impact | 3 Hours

Location: Check-in at the front desk upon arrival, 700 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701