Aug '08 - Dec '09
Today I watched True Stories.
It’s a 1986 film directed/produced/written/starring David Byrne of Talking Heads fame.
I’m a Talking Heads fan, which is why I wanted to watch it.
However, it’s pretty interesting from an architecture/urban standpoint.
Byrne is an artist himself, and much of the Talking Heads music speculates about urbanity/architecture/society etc. (guitarist Jerry Harrison is a GSD dropout, and Byrne, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth met at RISD…) Architecturally, Byrne recently did “this” to a building, which as an architecturestudent/musician, I think is pretty nifty.
So the movie:
Self described in architectural terms as "a completely cool multipurpose movie."
It focuses on a town in Texas on the verge of celebrating their sesquicentennial with a “festival of special-ness;" an irony noting the inauthenticity of the presented city (also interesting after our sprawl-studio last semester and questioning the american suburb). The first part of it has some nice speculation by Byrne-as-narrator regarding the oddities of 80’s Texas – sprawling, shopping malls, development houses, flat land, the corporation-run-“factory”-town, and some pretty cool shots of all of this. . It's odd for me as somebody who only tasted the 80's to look back and not really know what's authentic and what's intentionally oversaturated.
....oh yea...and John Goodman's in it.
I’ve never encountered any other designers/urbanists who’ve noted this film (although I've never asked...until now), so I’m curious to see if anybody out there has seen it and has thoughts on it.
And since everybody probably has netflix, (or the free netflix called the library), check it out and let me know what you think.
Real post tomorrow:
1. The photojournalists present…..
2. Studio/facilities pictures!
3. The progress of the project on the port in the grey city.