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Tropical Millennium: utopian and cult architecture in Brazil

  • Chicago Cultural Center 78 E Washington St Chicago, IL, 60602 United States (map)

Join IFP Chicago and the Chicago Architecture Biennial at the Chicago Cultural Center on December 7, from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM for a presentation of a new experimental documentary about the expression of state and cult power in the architectural spaces surrounding Brasília. Following an introduction by Stephanie Whitlock of the Graham Foundation, IFP Chicago filmmaker Yoni Goldstein and co-director Meredith Zielke will be presenting new footage from their documentary work-in-progress, A Machine To Live In The presentation will include a screening of Matthias Mueller’s short film Vacancy, a lecture by the filmmakers on some of the themes from their film, alongside clips gorgeously shot by Chicago and Los Angeles-based cinematographer Andrew Benz. Following the program, the filmmakers will invite audience to participate with feedback and support.

A Machine To Live In is an experimental documentary feature about the imaginative and material process of building one's own utopia. The film radiates outward from the space age architecture of Brasília. Like a Martian outpost, this invented city sits on a red desert plateau in Brazil's sparsely populated interior. Forecast by a prophet 500 years ago and built in a rush of national aspiration in the sixties, the new capital of Brazil is an otherworldly city complete with massive concrete domes, curvilinear spires, pyramids, and geometrically identical "superblocks." Under the direction of a single visionary architect, the idea was to design a "hyper-rational" city that would mold a hyper-rational citizenry in a country famous for its chaotic urban sprawl.

A Machine To Live In is about the cult architects, monument builders and day laborers who navigate between these parallel spaces. It ultimately reveals how the inhabitants of these controlled environments become subjects of collective experiments in the architecture of the future - a future that's already outdated. These topics and more will be discussed during the lecture.

This film is an IFP Chicago fiscally sponsored project, with additional support provided by the Graham Foundation, the Filmmaker Fund and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. "A Machine to Live In" is co-produced by Benz Digital and Mass Ornament Films. 

This event is free and open to the public.

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