Blowing Concrete Bubbles

RMIT Design Hub Forum: Melbourne


In the early 1970s, the New South Wales Department of Public Works invited Italian architect Dante Bini to Sydney to demonstrate his innovative building techniques, which involoved using air as a primary building material. Prior to visiting Sydney, Bini had wowed radical architectural circles with his ‘architectural happenings’; live performative inflations of concrete bubbles. His most famous clients – Monica Vitti and Michelangelo Antonioni – commissioned him to build their home close to the pink sands of the secluded beach as featured in the film, Red Desert. Recently, interest in Bini’s work has being rekindled as architects, designers and environmentalists search for ways to build more sustainable cities.

Join us at Design Hub for a special screening of How to Blow Up a Bubble that Won’t Burst, a short film created by Zanny Begg, commissioned by the NEW LANDSCAPES INSTITUTE for the exhibition, Groundwork: From the Archives Up. The film screening will be followed by a discussion between Zanny Begg and curator Joni Taylor.

Zanny Begg is a Sydney based who works with film, drawing and installation to explore ways in which we can live and be in the world differently. Her recent exhibitions include Utopia Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom, the Secession, Vienna, The List, Cambelltown Arts Centre, Ok Video Festival, Jakarta, Things Fall Apart, Artspace Sydney, Social Networking, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art and What Keeps Mankind Alive, Istanbul Biennale.

Joni Taylor is the founder of the NEW LANDSCAPES INSTITUTE. Her curatorial projects explore the transformation of landscapes and address contemporary urban and environmental conditions though research-based projects.

Blowing Concrete Bubbles »
6 – 7pm, Monday 23 November
Design Hub Lecture Theatre, Level 3

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Zanny Begg lives in Bulli, on Dharawal land, and is an artist and film maker who is interested in hidden and contested history/ies. She works with film, drawing and installation to explore ways in which we can live and be in the world differently: this has included working with macro-political themes, such as alte-globalization protests, and in micro-political worlds, such as with kids in a maximum security prison.

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