The VIENNA PROJECT at Harvard University is a scholarly and artistic collaboration that explores Vienna at the turn of the last century through the lens of home and homemaking.
At its center stands the production of an historical documentary film titled The Burning Child. Investigating the Viennese interior - as both architecture and subjectivity - the film captures utopias of home amidst the creative dynamism of an ancient imperial city in the process of rapid modernization.
Experience / Erleben
DREAM / Träumen
View the animated short created by Oscar-nominated animator Tim Reckart of the Dream of The Burning Child as retold by Sigmund Freud in his seminal Interpretation of Dreams (1900). Made before The Burning Child, Reckart's animation visualizes the nightmare that underlies the feature film of the same title.
THE BURNING CHILD
Watch a clip from the end of the personal story in The Burning Child, in addition to the official trailer. In 2019 the film was screened in the USA and Israel, including at: the Tisch School of Art NYU, the Getty Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Film Forum at Princeton University, and the 2019 Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival. Watch for the Canadian Premier, sponsored by the University of British Columbia (the Cinématèque, March 17, 2020), and a screening in Koerner's hometown of Pittsburgh at the JFilm Festival (April 28, 2020).