Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CAUSES/Goethe-Institut host Future Perfect exhibit until October 9

Brought to you by the Goethe-Institut and hosted by CAUSES, Future Perfect Project tells the stories of individuals, initiatives, organizations and businesses that have moved from ideas towards action for a better, more sustainable future. This exhibition features a selection of stories from around the world which are being published as Creative Commons articles to facilitate an exchange of ideas and to inform and inspire a broad diversity of experiments with a sustainable future. Future Perfect shows the transformation of modern society toward sustainability is not principally the domain of experts in the fields of natural sciences and politics.

Learn more about the exhibit:

Opening with a reception on September 10, the exhibit will be open for viewing until October 9, 2015, on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. - until 7:00 p.m.
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The Urban Architecture and Community Planning Department will also host two film screenings. RSVP for for the opening and the films here

September 24, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - Recipes for Disaster 
Finland, 2008, 63 min Director: John Webster
Winner, Best Documentary Film at the Jussi Awards, which is the Finnish National Film Prize.

This film chronicles the efforts of director John Webster’s family to go on an “oil diet” in order to limit their carbon footprint and its disastrous environmental consequences like global warming. It reveals the surprising extent to which petroleum-based products figure in our everyday lives, including home heating and electricity, transportation, food, plastic products, clothing, and even toothpaste and shampoo. Webster’s family eventually gives up their car, although his wife and son are quite reluctant about it. Archival footage of consumer society from the 1960s provides an ironic contrast to their sacrifices, and on-screen text and charts detail environmental statistics about individual contributions to greenhouse gases.

October 1, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - Before the Flood
China, 2005, 147 min Director: Yifan Li, Yu Yan
Winner, Wolfgang Staudte Award at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival.

The Chinese town, Fengjie, along the Yangtze River has to be abandoned because it lies in flooding area of the newly built Three Gorges Dam, the largest dam on earth. But Fengjie’s citizens contend with administrators and each other over the residences in “New Fengjie,” which are allocated via lottery and are far smaller than the homes they’ve worked a lifetime to build. This documentary shows the clash of the citizens with the communist administration and collectivism over the course of two years.

Registration for the opening and the films is available here

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