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Three Little Worlds: Benjamin Critton – Sad People in Modernist Homes in Popular Films Slumber Party

Thurs 28 June 2012 7pm till late

New York based graphic designer Benjamin Critton spends his final night in the UK in Three Little Worlds, for some live research around his forthcoming project, tentatively titled Sad People in Modernist Homes in Popular Films. Join us for popcorn, beer, and a movie marathon exploring Hollywood’s co-option of modernist domiciles, as homes for the forlorn and dispossessed and architectural characters in their own right – in the midst of Bureau Spectacular’s exploration of stories and architecture.

Following his celebrated tabloid newspaper treatise on modernism and villainy – Evil People in Modernist Homes in Popular Films – Critton is returning to playfully explore popular culture’s negative anthropomorphism of modernism. Having found Evil People in films from Bond to Twilight, using their modernist jewels as lairs, his next stage of investigation looks at modernism as a prison for the depressed. From Colin Firth’s existential crisis in John Lautner’s 1949 Schaffer Residence, to investigations of a family slowly falling into chaos in New Canaan – home of the Harvard Five’s domestic modernist experiments – the perceived sterility of the modern movement has frequently been used by the movies as pathetic fallacy, for often tragic protagonists.

Critton will kick off the evening with an informal presentation of his Evil People project, before we settle in for the night to find the Sad, through a screening schedule of films and excerpts that will be revealed on the night as an unfolding research session.

The evening will end when the last person leaves, or everyone falls asleep. BYO sleeping bag.

 

Venue

The Architecture Foundation, 136-148 Tooley St, London SE1 2TU

Entry

Free, with prior RSVP to
events@
architecturefoundation
.org.uk

RSVP essential due to strictly limited capacity.

Doors and drinks from 6.30pm

Benjamin Critton's presentation of Evil People in Modernist Homes will kick start the evening at 7pm, before the film watching commences.


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Bureau Spectacular: Three Little Worlds

Chicago-based architect Jimenez Lai’s Bureau Spectacular transforms the AF’s Project Space into a walk-in comic strip with a 1:1 inhabitable installation, in their first solo exhibition outside of North America.

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With special thanks to all those who donated to Jimenez Lai's Kickstarter campaign.

Fabrication courtesy of Joe Swift and Remi Stickland, R.A.R.A (Redundant Architects' Recreation Association) 

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New York based graphic designer Critton holds a live research session, discussion and movie marathon for his forthcoming project, tentatively titled Sad People in Modernist Homes in Popular Films. Bring your own sleeping bag.