• Agents of Change

    • A geodesic dome is built to show the documentary which explores Bucky Fuller's vision and impact.

    The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, a live documentary musicalized by Yo la tengo / 

    “I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing—a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process— an integral function of the universe.” -B.F.

    Buckminster Fuller (1895-1982) had above all an exceptional vision: “Make the world work for  100% of human kind in the shortest amount of time possible, by means of spontaneous cooperation without offending nature or leaving anyone in disadvantage.” He devoted his life to proving that if a man plants a single seed that has global impact, it has the potential to change the world.

    This question is still being answered  -- and even though modern critics have marginally only recognised him  for his geodesic domes, Fuller has become a myth: an efficient myth that makes us question how we think about the future and human kind. “It no longer has to be you or me,” Fuller wrote. “Selfishness is unnecessary and hence-forth irrational.”

    As homage to this man, the San Francisco Modern Art Museum commissioned the film-maker San Green to make a documentary of his life. The piece itself is a geodesic dome that displays his philosophy, work and life, set to Yo la tengo's live music. (the American band was previously in charge of the music for Jean Painlevé marine documentaries).

    To prepare for his multimedia piece, Green spent months looking through the files at Stanford University, going over pictures and unpublished films. He said:

    I was enthralled by him first as a character. He was a fascinating mixture of intense ambition, drive, energy, idealism, but also he was profoundly insecure and thin- skinned. Full of contradictions and wrinkles. He worked incredibly hard — he lectured and wrote and travelled and worked on projects in a huge, 50-year project to see if a single person could change the world. He was utterly indefatigable. […] Everything Fuller was talking about 40 years ago is completely in the air now. It’s striking. The world really has caught up with him.

    The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller (title which makes allusion to T.S Eliot's revolutionary poem), was performed as a piece which evoked Fuller’s all-encompassing vision in a lively exploration of documentary films' format. It combined performance's spontaneity with a concert and the film projection with real-time narration, a truly remarkable experience for those present.

    For those of you who will be in the United States in spring, there will be four live performances of The Love Song in The Kitchen in New York on the 9th and 10th of April. For other dates and locations, we suggest you visit the official website of the documentary at this link.

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