#1: Free design films for the visually-obsessed

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Only 72 hours left to watch "Rams" free. Link in my bio or: https://www.ohyouprettythings.com/free . I'm streaming my design films free for viewers staying indoors worldwide. "Rams" (2018) is my documentary about legendary designer Dieter Rams. For over fifty years, Rams has left an indelible mark on the field of product design with his iconic work at Braun and Vitsoe, and his influence on Apple. But at 87 years old, why does he now regret being a designer? “Rams” is a design documentary, but it’s also a rumination on consumerism, materialism, and sustainability. Dieter's philosophy is about more than just design, it’s about a way to live. The film also features an original score by pioneering musician Brian Eno. . Some of you have left a little something in the "tip jar" on the free film page, that's very kind. Film First is giving 50% of all donations to NYC COVID-19 relief efforts, so keep 'em coming. . Stay safe, friends! . Braun alarm clock image by a designer at @squarespace whose name I’ve misplaced! #dieterrams #lessbutbetter #ramsfilm #rams #braundesign #braun #vitsoe #design #functionalism #minimalism #designdocumentary #brianeno #eno #gooddesign #industrialdesign #productdesign #10principlesofgooddesign #garyhustwit #weregonnamakeit #staystrong #staysafe #stayhome

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If you’re in need of some serious design inspiration, acclaimed filmmaker Gary Hustwit, the design world’s go-to documentarian, has been screening all of his works for free worldwide. The selection changes each week (last week’s was Rams, the documentary on design world legend Dieter Rams) and this week’s screening will be of Workplace, which covers how design for office spaces – something we’re all missing right now – is translated into reality.

Catch the screening of Workplace here.

#2: Catch up on art with the Singapore Art Museum

Joining the global movement of museums digitising their exhibitions, you can now take your time to slowly explore Singapore Art Museum’s past exhibits or to go on virtual tours around some of its blockbuster pieces shown during previous Singapore Biennales that you might have intended to catch but never got around to doing so. Now you truly have no excuse.

Check it out here.  

#3: An electronic music gig with heart

Cult music promoters Revision Music is putting on a live-stream this Friday night treating you to four hours of house, electronica, hip hop, soul and many more genres. The live-streaming is free of course, but the organisers are hoping to point people to donate to women’s rights organisation Aware as well. Just for context: Aware has received over 600 phone calls requesting for help last month, reportedly its highest ever. Yes, staying at home may simply mean finding ways to keep entertained, but for others, it may mean being cooped up in dangerous, abusive situations.

Tune in here this Friday, April 17, from 9pm onwards

#4: Netflix film party

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🎉 Yes, it's a regular thing now. We'll be hosting 2 Netflix Parties every week!! 🎉 Join our Telegram Channel for more updates, link in bio. HOW TO WATCH: 1. You'll need an active Netflix subscription (or get on that free trial!). Download the Netflix Party extension onto your Google chrome browsers on your laptop/computer: https://www.netflixparty.com/ 2. Wait for the link that we will release on our Telegram Channel right before the screening. 3. Watch and chat with us and other film lovers on Netflix Party throughout the movie. 4. Join us on Google Meets after and we can discuss the movie or anything else! You can turn off your camera if you're shy, we don't mind! See you on Friday / Sunday / both Netflix Parties!

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As a country with one of the highest per capita cinema attendances in the world, we’ve all felt the (temporary) closure of cinemas exceptionally hard. While this might not exactly recreate the experience of going to the theatre with friends, the Singapore Film Society has holding watching parties where like-minded film fans can watch films together on Netflix and discuss them after. Yeah, you could always watch them alone as per usual – but why not give ‘communal’ screening parties a go? Check out the Instagram post above for details on how to join the viewing party.

The next screening takes place on Netflix on April 17, 10pm – and it’s John Krasinki’s A Quiet Place.

#5: Virtual Queer Trivia Night

If you love trivia nights, don’t miss out on Proutapp’s popular ones (they’re often sold out). This is their debut virtual night and P.S., not all questions are queer-related. To take part, WhatsApp +65 92987139 with the name of your team, the number of persons (4 to 6 per group), and as the organisers put it, “be prepared for a night of laughter and maybe some tears”.

April 16, 7pm

Cover Photo Deng Guoyuan’s Noah’s Garden II (2016), courtesy of the Singapore Art Museum