Posts Tagged ‘documentary’

The Tudor house, colonialism, white gold and toothache

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

“This is why we love the Tudor period so much, because it’s the age of discovery, and there’s a sense that anything was possible.”

“Discovery”? That’s one way of talking about colonialism.  This BBC documentary, Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home, outlines how the sudden change in house architecture and lifestyle in the Tudor era for the middling rich—merchants and yeoman farmers—was made possible by merchant trade with conquered colonies.

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If you think planned obsolescence of consumer items isn’t real…

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

“Planned obsolescence isn’t just about deceiving the consumer, it also threatens the planet through a constant stream of toxic waste… Posterity will never forgive us.”

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Karl Mattson’s sour gas escape pod, Rolla B.C.

Monday, July 23rd, 2012


Pod at Sweetwater 905 Festival 2012. 

Karl Mattson, an artist and filmmaker from the town of Rolla in Northern B.C., produced this “escape pod” artwork last year.  I saw it a few weeks ago on the concert grounds of the Sweetwater 905 Festival. It may look like a space capsule playhouse for kids, and sometimes it is, but it was actually built as shelter from the very real danger of highly toxic sour gas leaks, as well as a protest against the inadequately regulated gas industry in Northern BC.

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Leonard Cohen in the documentary “Ladies and Gentlemen.. Mr Leonard Cohen”

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Watch the whole thing. This is a Canada so different from the Canada from the one we’re in now, the Canada that now sits in a deep, dark, chilly trough dug by our illegitimate prime minister, Stephen Harper.

The gender politics in this video may be a bit antediluvian, but I’m going to overlook that.

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Koolhaas Houselife

Monday, August 9th, 2010

While on the topic of buildings that don’t always function the way we want them to, I was reminded of the quite hilarious 2008 documentary Koolhaas Houselife, in which a housekeeper talks about the difficulties of cleaning one of Koolhaas’ houses. Segments of the trailer above and below.

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Coast Modern – preview of the upcoming documentary film

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

These stills were shot during the filming of Coast Modern, a documentary film about West Coast modern house architecture, spanning from LA to Vancouver, by Vancouver filmmakers Gavin Froome and Mike Bernard. The film “speaks with the architects and their patrons and asks if Modernism’s time has finally come or did it never really go away.” It is currently in the editing phase and is set to be completed this coming fall.

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