MIFF roundup: Beijing Besieged by Waste
This confronting documentary from Chinese photographer Wang Jiuliang examines the dangerous cycle of consumption in Beijing, painting a bleak portrait of a city at the mercy of its own waste.
MIFF roundup: Patience (After Sebald)
Shown recently at MIFF, Grant Gee’s documentary Patience (After Sebald) attempts to unravel the mystery of WG Sebald’s famous book The Rings of Saturn, and its obsession with landscape and the ruins of civilisation.
MIFF roundup: Neighbouring Sounds
Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho addresses heavy themes with subtlety, humour and restraint in his debut feature-length film ‘Neighbouring Sounds’, premiered at this year’s MIFF.
Build it, and they won’t come
It’s an accepted cliche that architects’ websites are disaster zones: un-user friendly, Flash-heavy and completely un-navigable. What if architects designed their buildings the way they do websites? MC Escher would be proud. However, in the digital wilds of the internet, rebellion may be at hand.
Herman Miller: Then x Ten exhibition
A new exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs in Melbourne celebrates the poster designs commissioned by Herman Miller, featuring ten designs from the archives alongside ten new commissions from some of the world’s leading artists.
In profile: Kate Stokes
Heralding a thoughtful and considered approach to product design, Melbourne-based designer Kate Stokes’ recently established practice Coco Flip is characterised by extensive research and a penchant for travel.
What is and What Should Be: Soviet Constructivism on Film
Owen Hatherley looks back to the 1920s and 1930s, a period when a kind of mutant architecture appeared in Russian film – constructivism meets Cecil B. DeMille.
Spotlight on Supercyclers
Creating sophisticated designs made out of cigarette butts and recycled solar panels is quite the accomplishment. For Supercyclers founders Sarah K and Liane Rossler, it’s just another day in the studio.