Open City of Amereida

Directed by Andres Tapia-Urzua | Chile/USA | 2013 | 51 min.

Friday, March 28 | 9:00pm | Melwood Screening Room
477 Melwood Avenue

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Event Includes: Post-screening Q&A with Director Andres Tapia-Urzua and reception featuring Chilean wine!
Presented in Conjunction with: The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

"This attempt to create poetry in times when everything is pragmatism, marketing, and success... It's a great gift to the world." —Alejandro Soto, Painter, Graduate from the School of Architecture in the Valparaiso School.

In 1970, students and teachers from the faculty of Architecture at the Catholic University of Valparaíso founded the Open City of Amereida in Ritoque, Chile. This city is conceived as an architecture laboratory with an existential premise from where to inhabit, rediscover, and refound the American continent based on an original, creative, and non-colonial idea of identity. Here, for several decades, work has been done in one of architectural education's most radical experiments. Through the fusion of architecture with poetic thought, and a particular mythology of life, the "open citizens" imagine a social habitat that is different from traditional architecture and society. Based on the testimonies of its inhabitants, this documentary narrates the origins, the history, and the cultural legacy of this community that for over 40 years has explored a way of living where "...the rhyme between the word and the action..." becomes reality.


Andres Tapia Urzua
Born in the U.S. and raised in Chile, electronic media artist, Andres Tapia-Urzua explores the liminality of a cross-cultural, cross-technological identity through a hybrid practice of video, music, performance and installation. Fusing aesthetic, theoretical and political issues, Tapia-Urzua offers a poignant and fascinating look at cultural identity--where social alienation, high-tech environments and the poetics of globalization are represented in sharp and accessible ways.

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