16 mm film, rear projection,
4 min 26 s loop
The film looks at two neighbouring architectural environments that were built in different ideological eras. Pärnu KEK Construction Company’s housing complex ‘Kuldne Kodu’ (‘Golden Home’)—the large building designed by Toomas Rein is one of the few examples in Estonia of Modernist architecture and design on such scale and utopian totality. In this single-take film, the building’s influence appears so profound that the design of the housing units built in the neoliberal era of the 2000s, which are seen in the other half of the film, still bear the traces of Constructivist-inspired aspirations associated with communal living in the early Soviet Union. Just as the film’s structure is a continuous loop, the design elements and colours that repeat themselves in both environments refer to the Benjaminian notion that each generation’s revolution redeems or continues all past revolutions. The hovering camera movement combined with the 16 mm film projection creates a further interweaving of separate technological eras.