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The Edge POP CULTURE Book Club

The Edge’s first book club series was such a wild success, that we’ve decided to offer Part II. Sticking with the not your average book club style, we’d like to introduce you to the POP CULTURE Book Club!


Through the months of September, October and November we’ll be dedicating the third and fourth Mondays of the month to exploring popular culture through different media: novels, games, short-film, TV series, and comic books.

Join us for one, some, or all of them!


To kick off the series in September we will be looking at the chilling novel The Handmaid’s Tale.  Whether you’ve read the book, or just dived into the TV series on SBS, come and join us!

  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Monday 18 September 2017
  • Sorry, you’ve missed this event!
    Check out our Facebook page or What’s On calendar, for events that pop up in-between newsletters.

Next up we will be playing Fiasco – a role-playing game with no game master. Cue, Wikipedia.

  • Fiasco
  • Monday 25 September 2017
  • 6pm – 8pm
  • Free – RSVP HERE – spaces limited

 

October will bring us to GOMA again to see two small films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

  • The Bridegroom, The Comedienne and The Pimp + The Little Chaos
  • Wednesday 18 October 2017 (Yes this is a Wednesday. The only one, we promise)
  • 6pm – 7pm
  • GOMA
  • Free – RSVP HERE

 

Then, we will play the awesomely fun game Werewolf! Up to 19 players can play at once! It is seriously one of the best games.

  • Werewolf
  • Monday 30 October 2017
  • 6pm – 7.30pm
  • Free – RSVP HERE – spaces limited

 

In our final month, the book club will explore the TV series ‘Cleverman’ a critically acclaimed, action-packed, sci-fi drama that is set in the future.

  • Cleverman
  • Monday 20 November 2017
  • 6pm – 7.30pm
  • Free – RSVP HERE

 

The book club series will end on Monday 27th November with The Walking dead comic books.  Yep, the walking dead is a comic book – well, there are 168 issues! No need to read all of them 🙂

  • The Walking Dead
  • Monday 27 November 2017
  • 6pm – 7.30pm
  • Free – RSVP HERE


Behind the scenes of One Last Apocalypse

This month, The Edge will commence a five-month community-led project that seeks to encourage engagement among community, explore big ideas, and create something really special. It’s called One Last Apocalypse.

One Last Apocalypse will be an ongoing dialogue around the theme of Apocalypse. But, this time around, we’re not talking about zombies and the end of the earth, we’re looking at the root meaning:

Wikipedia“an uncovering” – a disclosure of knowledge or revelation. In religious contexts it is usually a disclosure of something hidden, “a vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities”

Think Brave New World, All the Pretty Horses, Maus

 


How will this work, and what will happen?

We’ll begin with critical literacy. To start the program, The Edge will run a not-your-average book club exploring songs, a graphic novel, and film. You can read more about it here.

Jumping into the next phase we’ll examine games over a series of game nights. The purpose of this engagement is to develop an understanding of apocalyptic gaming, explore what is fun about that space and open up discussions around social literacy and critical thinking about a cultural artefact.

Then comes the unpacking of design elements and making of ideas. Participants will actively engage with design concepts through play, and will be empowered to generate their own designs in preparation for event and set design fabrication.

One Last Apocalypse will culminate in a takeover of The Edge, and an event/experience/showcase that everyone will be invited to attend.

 


Throughout the entire process, The Edge will be documenting each phase with the intention of sharing learnings and project documents, so anyone (you!) can develop and implement a large-scale (or scaled down) community project of their own.  

 


 

Further reading?

We’ve shared two blog posts on the One Last Apocalypse so far:

  1. Not another apocalypse…
  2. Not your average book club

 

Stay tuned and follow the evolution of the program on TwitterFacebook and The Edge e-newsletter.

 


Not your average book club

Book Club

The Edge hasn’t ventured into book-club territory before, but we thought it was about time that we did – with an Edge spin, of course!

The Edge book club will be more than turning pages. Over three Monday nights in the month of July (and one Wednesday in August!), we’ll discuss song lyrics, a well-known novel, an award-winning graphic novel, and a film, through the lens of Apocalypse.

But, that’s Apocalypse in the true sense of the word.

Wikipedia“an uncovering” – a disclosure of knowledge or revelation. In religious contexts it is usually a disclosure of something hidden, “a vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities”


Kicking off the limited-run series is the songs and lyrics book club, on Monday 10 July. There will be live music, recorded music, snacks, conversation and YOU!

Come and join in on the conversation! There is no pre-requisite to play until the end. Join us for one meetup, or all four, and see what comes of a community-led, apocalyptic showcase to be revealed later in the year.

 

BOOK CLUB 1: Song Lyrics

  • Monday 10 July
  • 6pm – 8pm
  • The Edge
  • Free, but tell us you’re coming!

Check out our Book Club Spotify playlist, and if you feel so inclined, create one and share it with us on Facebook

 

BOOK CLUB 2: Graphic Novel – Maus

  • Monday 17 July
  • 6pm – 8pm
  • The Edge
  • Free, but tell us you’re coming!

BOOK CLUB 3: All the Pretty Horses

  • Monday 24 July
  • 6pm – 8pm
  • The Edge
  • Free, but tell us you’re coming!

BOOK CLUB 4: Avengers

  • Wednesday 2 August
  • 6pm – 8.30pm
  • GOMA & The Edge
  • Tell us you’re coming!

 

A moment of revelation… 

via GIPHY

 


Aartwork by Rachael Bartram
www.rachaelbartramart.com

Flying Car
2015
Collage

 

One Last Apocalypse