At the opening reception on September 10, 2015, Wilfried Eckstein, executive director, Goethe-Institut Washington, described the themes behind the exhibit:
"We are convinced that we need more sustainable projects to achieve something better, done in a manner that people feel connected to and responsible for. The exhibit highlights individuals and organizations that are doing things in a different way--not following the normal economic process, but are utilizing ways of achieving certain goals like sustainable food production. We are convinced that by collecting and telling these stories, we contribute to a different mindset--something different from the mainstream narrative we experience."
On October 1 at 5:30 p.m., the UDC Department of Urban Architecture and Community Development will be showing the award winning Chinese film, Before the Flood:
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.
RSVP to watch the film for free!
Learn more about Future Perfect Project: www.goethe.de/futureperfectproject. Additional photos from the opening reception are available on our Facebook page.The exhibit is available for viewing weekdays from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. until October 9.