Kengo Kuma, BVN and John McAslan to speak at SCCI’s virtual hub

Oct 1, 2020
  • Article by Tili Bensley-Nettheim

The Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) has launched SCCI Cinéphile Hub 2020: Season 2. For the first time, the Foundation presents fashion and architecture – SCCI’s two core topics – together in a virtual and hybrid format.

In response to ongoing travel restrictions, SCCI’s traditional live event format has pivoted to digital documentaries, featuring invited international VIP speakers from the UK and Japan. SCCI’s Season 2 has been professionally filmed in Tokyo and London and edited, (including translation and subtitling), by SCCI in Sydney.

“2020 has introduced unavoidable, yet in so many ways exceptionally rich, changes to SCCI Hub programming. Twenty 40-60 minute films have been created by expert production teams based in Sydney, Tokyo and London for international broadcast, continuing the aims of the Foundation by pivoting to virtual content.” says Dr Gene Sherman AM, SCCI founder, executive and artistic director.

“Designers have shared products, processes and footage directly related to the many varied facets of fashion, costume and textiles. Architects, captured in their own studios or exceptional spaces designed for clients, share with SCCI audiences the conceptual, philosophical and aesthetic drivers of their work,” says Dr Sherman. 

UK episodes moderated by Dolla Merillees include:

John McAslan CBE (John McAslan + Partners),
Chris Wilkinson OBE (WilkinsonEyre),
Tom Emerson & Stephanie Macdonald (6a Architects),
Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE, Andrew Logan & Diana Edmunds.

Japan episodes moderated by Kate Klippensteen include:

Kengo Kuma (Kengo Kuma & Associates) & Akira Minagawa (minä perhonen),
Kazuyo Sejima (SANAA),
Hiroshi Sugimoto,
Tsuyoshi Tane (Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects),
Astrid Klein & Mark Dytham (KleinDytham Architecture),
Masataka Hosōo (Hosōo).

Australian architecture is represented by Phillip Rossington and Bill Dowzer of BVN.

SCCI Cinéphile Hub 2020 has succeeded in creating twenty films which replace, and some might say transcend, the Hubs’ pre-COVID live events,” says Dr Sherman AM. 

The Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) Cinéphile Hub 2020: Season 2 launches online with new episodes across Fashion and Architecture released weekly from October 9 at scci.org.au.

Open access episodes are available via SCCI.org.au and Google Arts & Culture.

Earlier this year, in response to the cancellation of global and local design events, ADR conducted a virtual visits to key spaces from Melbourne Design Week that didn’t get their day in the sun.

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