Dispatch from Brazil
Panel discussion after the Rio de Janeiro screening.
I can now scratch another country of my “never been there” list: Brazil. And what a trip it’s been, thanks to some incredible hosts: Billy Bacon, Leo Eyer, and all the people at WeDo Design and their new venture Bold.
The event in Rio de Janeiro was held at the Museum of Modern Art (MAM), which is an awesome space… I could write hundreds of pages about the architecture here. The screening was so packed that they set up an overflow space outside, with people sitting in lounge chairs, sipping cerveja and watching the movie with its new (we barely finished them before show time!) Portuguese subtitles. Great panel discussion afterwards, with a slant towards sustainability, which is something I’ve noticed at a lot of the Q&A’s.
While in Rio I also had the honor of visiting the studio of legendary architect and designer Sergio Rodrigues. See my blog post for more on Sergio.
On to Sao Paulo, which the New York Times described as “the ugliest, most dangerous city you’ll ever love.” While I think SP’s gotten much safer recently, it’s definitely an acquired taste. The traffic alone could drive you mad; our trip to the Instituto Tomie Ohtake, where the screening was being held, normally takes 10 minutes by car. But in Friday SP rush hour, it took an hour and a half! We were giddy with exhaust fumes by the time we made it there, but it ended up being another packed screening and great panel discussion afterwards.
Might as well jump (Jump!) at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake.
Overall I was really impressed by the design scene in both cities, and how the appreciation of design can be a universal language that bridges cultures. And you know what else is a bridge between cultures? Food! Suffice to say I’ve gained like 10 pounds since being here… the food is so good, and the restaurants stay open insanely late. I’ve had such an amazing time here in Brazil, I can’t squeeze it all into this post. Will write more soon!