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Screening & Q&A with Bruce Mau

Miami Beach, FL – June 23, 2022 – Rose members viewed Bruce Mau’s documentary about the design visionary and true pioneer of transformation design, who is a believer that design can be used to create positive change in our world. The film looks back at Mau’s life and larger-than-life career—from his humble beginnings in Canada to his sharp rise to fame in the design space. The viewing was followed by a Q&A with Bruce Mau and his wife/ collaborating partner, Bisi Williams.
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Fast Company

Why celebrated designer Bruce Mau is betting on a new kind of Renaissance

In 1418, the city of Florence held a competition to build a dome over its cathedral. Filippo Brunelleschi’s octagonal dome made history as the first to be built without a temporary supporting frame. It remains the world’s largest brick-and-mortar dome today. Brunelleschi, however, wasn’t trained as an architect...
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Metropolis Magazine

Q&A: Bruce Mau Discusses a New Documentary and Forthcoming Projects

Bruce Mau is a hard designer to pin down. He’s a graphic designer, notable for books such as S,M,L,XL, a collaboration with Rem Koolhaas. He’s also a branding designer, having launched Coca-Cola’s ecological initiatives and worked to rebrand the nation of Guatemala. He’s dabbled in architecture and landscape design, and he was even commissioned to re-plan the sacred city of Mecca (this project was never completed). His exhibition Massive Change made headlines when it was debuted at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2004, a follow-up show planned for China was put on indefinite hold as relations broke down between Canada and the People’s Republic.
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Bruce Mau: the world-class designer whose work continues to endure

When Canadian designer Bruce Mau was invited to Guatemala to help reimagine the country’s future, they introduced him as Bruce, who was “going to redesign Guatemala”. Although this was a bit of a stretch, the scale at which he helped change the nation’s outlook was similarly huge. Guatemala was originally called Guate by the Indigenous people, but the Spanish later added mala, meaning bad. Mau’s first move was to add an “a”, creating “Guate! Amala!,” or “The love of Guate.” The slogan was part of a larger campaign to shine a positive light on the country, showcase the people working to improve their country, and recruit a thousand volunteers to help spread these messages. They received 20,000 sign ups in the first weekend.
Hyperallergic

A Bruce Mau Documentary Can’t Explain What the Man Does

Early in the documentary MAU, Frank Gehry appears to talk about the titular figure: “The nice thing about Bruce Mau is I don’t know what he does for a living.” At that point in the film, I also did not know. I still don’t. MAU is ostensibly about the multi-hyphenate designer’s influential body of work, but his actual achievements are still fuzzy by the end. The most concrete notch in his belt is the 1995 artbook S,M,L,XL, his thousand-plus-page collaboration with Rem Koolhaas. (Mau’s wife and collaborator, Bisi Williams, describes his and Koolhaas’s relationship as “a love affair.”) The rest of the projects that directors Benjamin Bergmann and Jono Bergmann attempt to exult are more amorphous. There’s a short-lived campaign for Coca-Cola to “help think about the future of sustainability as a platform,” a scrapped plan to “rethink Mecca” to improve the pilgrimage experience, and a now-defunct “visual movement” to empower Guatemala to “recover [the] ability to dream and envision [the] future.”
First Showing

New US Trailer for 'Mau' Documentary About Designer Bruce Mau

"Think like you're lost in the forest." Greenwich Entertainment has revealed an official US trailer for the documentary film titled simply Mau, the feature-length documentary about design visionary Bruce Mau. This originally premiered at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival last year, and it also stopped by CPH:DOX and Hot Docs. Filmed over a period of approximately three years and directed by Benji and Jono Bergmann, the documentary looks back at Mau's life to date and his career. It tells the story of his humble beginnings in Canada to his sharp rise to fame in the design space. "From working with the greatest living architects (Rem Koolhaas & Frank Gehry) on books and museums to rebranding nations such as Guatemala and Denmark. Bruce Mau is a pioneer of transformation design and the belief that design can be used to create positive change in our world." I want to see this just to hear all the crazy stories about him. Sounds like a funny guy.
First Showing

Official Trailer for 'Mau' Doc Film About Design Visionary Bruce Mau

"Design is one of the world's most powerful forces." Madman Film in Australia has unveiled an official trailer for the film Mau, the first-ever, feature-length documentary about the design visionary Bruce Mau. The doc film explores his unlikely creative journey and ever-optimistic push to tackle the world’s biggest problems with design. This originally premiered at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival earlier this year, and also played at CPH:DOX and Hot Docs. Filmed over a period of approximately three years and directed by Benji and Jono Bergmann, the documentary looks back at Mau’s life to date and his career. It sets out to show his far-reaching, fundamentally optimistic view of design as a global change agent, based on some of his biggest projects. Mau and his wife Bisi Williams also discuss "how their lives have affected their design philosophy, how design can bring about change, and where its limits lie." Well, I definitely want to watch this doc soon.