NeoCon has taken place every June since 1969 at The Mart in Chicago. It serves as the commercial design industry’s launchpad for innovation, offering ideas and introductions that shape the built environment for today and into the future.
This partnership, [email protected]NeoConnect, furthers our new ADFF:ONLINE series, providing a way for the architecture and design community to remain engaged during these challenging times, and experience a few specially-curated films at home.
Four nights, four great films — streaming live!
Starting Sunday, June 14th through Wednesday, June 17th, we will be screening one film each night, including a live introduction and special guests. Following each film will be a Q&A with the film’s director.
Each night’s program will be live-streamed at 8:00 pm EST and replay again at 8:00 pm PST. There’s a modest $3 fee for each film. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
These screenings would not be made possible without the generous support of NeoCon, Eventscape, Teknion, and NEEZO Studios. Their generous support makes it possible for everyone to see these amazing films.
The Film Lineup
Sunday, June 14th
Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island
2014 / 54 min / Canada
Directors: Katherine Knight, Marcia Connolly
Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo IslandArchitect Todd Saunders’s buildings on Fogo Island, Newfoundland embrace the excitement of being on the edge of nature and contemporary design while fulfilling the goal of doing ‘new things with old ways.’
Saunders and his commissioner, Zita Cobb, provide a personal account of the ideas and traditions that inspire this bold and socially ambitious architectural venture. Gorgeously photographed, the film is a flowing, visual narrative that unfolds over seven seasons as the Fogo Island Inn approaches completion.
Special introduction by Architect Todd Saunders
After the film, a Q&A with the directors, Katherine Knight and Marcia Connolly
Monday, June 15th
Mario Botta: The Space Beyond
2018 / 78 min / Switzerland
Directors: Loretta Dalpozzo, Michèle Volontè
Mario Botta: The Space BeyondThis film is a rare, in-depth artistic journey into the work of internationally acclaimed Swiss architect Mario Botta. The film explores Botta’s ever-growing curiosity and reflections on the contradictions of society through his sacred spaces. Why does a globalized society feel the urge to build such spaces?
Passionate, tireless, at age 76, Botta is one of the few architects who has built places of prayer for the three main monotheistic religions. After building many churches, chapels and a synagogue, he is now working on a mosque in China. Through his reflections and his interactions with artists, colleagues, clients and family members, the viewers have a glimpse of the man behind the architect.
Special introduction by Architect Mario Botta with Christine Abbate
After the film, a Q&A with the director, Loretta Dalpozzo
Tuesday, June 16th
SuperDesign: Italian Radical Design 1965-75
2017 / 62 min / Italy
Director: Francesca Molteni
SuperDesign: Italian Radical Design 1965-75SuperDesign is a film about the Italian Radical Movement in Architecture & Design in the 1960s and ’70s. Through the words and stories of people who were part of that movement, we retrace the history and the heritage of the movement. They take us back to that time when everything seemed possible.
The mid-1960s represented a revolutionary time when the need for change has spread everywhere in the Western world and has pervaded all the aspects of life. Some beautiful archival historical images recreate the atmosphere of the period — a time of positive turbulence on an artistic level.
In the film we encounter an amazing collection of architects and designers from this fertile period: Emilio Ambasz, Franco Audrito, Dario Bartolini, Lapo Binazzi, Andrea Branzi, Germano Celant, Gilberto Coretti, Pietro Derossi, Piero Gilardi, Ugo La Pietra, Roberta Meloni, Alessandro Mendini, Adolfo Natalini, Gaetano Pesce, Gianni Pettena, Franco Raggi, Charlie Stendig, Cristiano Toraldo di Francia and Jim Walrod.
Special introduction with the gallerist Evan Snyderman
After the film, a Q&A with the director Francesca Molteni, and Maria Cristina Didero, editor-at-large, ICON Design
Wednesday, June 17th
Charlotte Perriand, Pioneer in the Art of Living
2019 / 52 min / France
Director: Stéphane Ghez
Charlotte Perriand, Pioneer in the Art of LivingThe designer and architect Charlotte Perriand was a highly creative figure who left her mark on the 20th century. Free-spirited and politically engaged, she designed revolutionary furnishings and participated in the invention of modern dwellings that were in harmony with both their inhabitants and their environment.
From her avant-garde battles alongside Le Corbusier in the 1930s to her experience in Japan, and affirmation of a lifestyle based on openness and flexibility, this film, in the the shape of a notebook of memories gives us an up-close and personal look at a life filled with passion and creativity. It also opens us to reflections about contemporary society, as seen through the eyes of an exceptional figure.
After the film, a Q&A with the director, Stéphane Ghez
Enjoy the films!