The Capitol
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

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01 April 2021


5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Melbourne Design Week Panel

Speculations on the future of food and farming with Green Renaissance panel, featuring David Holmgren, followed by a screening of ‘Soylent Green’.

About this Event

6.00pm Green Renaissance panel talk:

To compliment the Green Renaissance exhibition running at Queen Victoria Market, this panel talk will deepen the conversation about the speculative future of food and farming.

In about 60 years’ time, the world will run out of quality topsoil, the non-renewable resource we currently rely on to grow 95 percent of our food. Intensive farming practices and anthropogenic activities in general are to blame. How will we feed ourselves?

Moderated by Dr Ollie Cotsaftis, this panel features David Holmgren, environmental designer and co-originator of the permaculture concept; University of Melbourne Associate Professor Alex Johnson, a researcher in the fields of plant nutrition and bio-fortification; and RMIT University Dr Pirjo Haikola, a designer and a researcher working on regenerative marine design projects, and whose current work Urchin Corals is exhibited at the NGV Triennial.

7.30pm Soylent Green screening:

In a densely overpopulated, starving New York City of the future, NYPD detective Robert Thorn (Charlton Heston) investigates the murder of an executive at rations manufacturer Soylent Corporation. With the help of elderly academic Solomon “Sol” Roth (Edward G. Robinson), Thorn begins to make real progress — until the governor mysteriously pulls the plug. Obsessed with the mystery, Thorn steps out from behind the badge and launches his own investigation into the murder.

First doors open: 5.00pm

Green Renaissance Panel Talk: 6.00pm

Second doors open: 7.15pm

Film screens: 7.30pm (97 minutes running time)

Soylent Green screens as part of The Capitol’s Past Futures film program. Early arrivals are invited to explore the exhibitions in the upstairs Salon, Lounge and Loft (first in best dressed for exhibition viewing prior to the film due to capacity limits).

Visit designweek.melbourne for the full program of screenings, events and exhibitions at The Capitol.

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2021, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

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