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OTG Cinema Night: "Drop City"

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318 Saint Georges Road

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Hola amigos,

Now that winter has returned we decided to bring back the Off the Grid Monthly Cinema night for 2018 and we are screening the documentary, "Drop City".

We are starting with a 6:30pm session that is now sold out, we released an 8:30pm session which is selling fast.

ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY:

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/56049550

In 1962, Gene Bernofsky, Jo Ann Bernofsky and Clark Richert were students at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Gene and Clark developed a concept they called “Drop Art” (coining the term well before the era-branding slogan, “Turn on, tune in, drop out”)​. "Dropping" artworks from the rooftop of a loft space in Lawrence, they were making art a spontaneous part of everyday life in the face of a society they saw as increasingly materialistic and war-mongering.
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In 1965, they bought a small piece of land near Trinidad, Colorado and ​called their settlement Drop City. They were soon joined by other artists, writers and inventors, and they started building a community that celebrated creative work.
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​Drop City's dazzling structures were based on Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes and the crystalline designs of Steve Baer, a pioneer in geometric structure and solar energy. The Droppers had little building experience, but they were full of ingenuity and exuberance. The domes cost almost nothing and were made from salvaged materials – culled lumber, bottle caps and chopped-out car tops. Drop City became a lab for experimental building, and in 1966 Fuller himself honored Drop City with his Dymaxion Award for “poetically economic structural accomplishments.”

Drop City attracted international attention and inspired a generation of alternative communities. But the flood of attention led to overcrowding, and the community was eventually abandoned to transients. By 1973, Drop City had become the world’s first geodesic ghost town.

Drop City is now recognized as the first rural commune of the 1960s, and its early experiments with solar technology and recycled materials speak to a green economy and a new generation of DIYers.

GUEST SPEAKER: Timothy Moore will be discussing the film with whoever we can squeeze into this cute little cinema between Session 1 & 2 (between about 8:00pm and 8:30pm).

Timothy Moore is a director of Sibling Architecture, lecturer of architecture at Monash University, and the co-curator of Melbourne Design Week presented by the National Gallery of Victoria.

At Sibling, Timothy has overseen its design-research practice, which has seen Sibling exhibit at the National Gallery of Victoria, Istanbul Design Biennial, Gyeonggi MoMA, Seoul National University, and provide foresight, strategic design and architectural works for leading commercial and cultural institutions and organisations, including Creative Victoria, FJM Property, City of Melbourne and VICE. Prior to joining Sibling, Timothy worked as a project director for Right Angle Studio developing architectural and communication strategies for urban regeneration sites across Australia.

Timothy has also worked at architecture offices in Melbourne, Amsterdam and Berlin, and as an editor for two influential magazines, Volume and Architecture Australia. He is currently the editor of Future West (Australian Urbanism), a magazine about Western Australian urbanism published by the University of Western Australia, and is undertaking a PhD within the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne entitled The Instruments of Transitional Urbanism. Timothy is widely published in architectural magazines and journals, and speaks widely at architecture conferences and in the media.

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Come along. Drink a negroni. Watch a film. Drink another negroni.

Looking forward to seeing you there!
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