We Like America: Spacebuster x Brooklyn Boheme
Saturday, October 14th from 12 pm to 10 pm
Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn (enter at Washington / Dekalb)
 
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As part of We Like America, an experimental road trip through the American Rust Belt to New York, the Spacebuster will set up shop in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park for a day-long program beginning with a furniture building workshop. Community residents are invited to participate in building a chair, and can take home their creations. The chair-building exercise is part of GENERATOR, an ongoing prototyping experiment by raumlaborberlin, where community input from each workshop engenders a new model. Brooklyn residents will build the “Sedia Venezana,” developed in Venice during the Architecture Biennale, and the feedback from this workshop will be used in the future towards the “Brooklyn Boheme Chair.”
 
At dusk, Spacebuster will present an hour of curated short films by Hamburg- and Berlin-based independent filmmakers such as Baltic Raw, with films including Quick Animation (1989), an Eastern Bloc “Berlin-wall era” take on hip hop culture. This will be followed by a screening of Brooklyn Boheme, a love letter to Fort Greene’s past as a vibrant cultural mecca of the late 80s and early 90s. Filmmakers Nelson George and Diane Paragas will participate in a discussion moderated by writer and performer Carl Hancock Rux (who is also featured in the film).
 
The events are free, kid-friendly, and open to the public.
 
Event Schedule
12:00 pm: Furniture making workshop as part of GENERATOR
6:00 pm: Screening of short works by Hamburg- and Berlin-based independent filmmakers
7:30 pm: Screening of Brooklyn Boheme
8:45 pm: Discussion with filmmakers Nelson George and Diane Paragas, moderated by Carl Hancock Rux
 

About We Like America

We Like America, presented in partnership with Übermut Project, is an experimental road trip of the Spacebuster, a temporary architectural structure designed by raumlaborberlin and commissioned by Storefront in 2009 in order to transform public spaces into impromptu community zones.

 

Exploring facets of the “American Dream” and seeking out new urban frontiers by transforming nomadic, transgressive, and transitory spaces, the Spacebuster is reprised through We Like America in a journey of the American Rust Belt.

 

With a multifaceted mission that includes fact finding, observation, and research, We Like America will pop up to investigate and organize around issues of collective societal desire in everyday life. The road trip kicked off in Chicago during the preview week of the Chicago Architectural Biennale, and then worked its way east with pit stops in St. Louis, Cleveland, eventually arriving in New York in October.

 

Read more about We Like America, the Spacebuster, and all the events here.