Materials & Applications (M&A) is a Los Angeles-based non-profit cultural organization dedicated to expanding the role of architecture and art in the public sphere through outdoor exhibitions and critical programs. Our exhibitions and programs are always free and open to the public. As of 2017, Materials & Applications has moved out of our Silver Lake courtyard and expanding our work to new sites in Los Angeles. Read about our itinerant process and learn about our move here.

 

Current Programs

 

This winter, Materials & Applications invites you to an experiment in social steaming. Designed and built by the artist Michael Parker, Steam Egg is a public sculpture and fully-functional steam room that is mirrored on the outside and mortared on the inside. Guests are invited to climb up and into this ovoidal-shaped steam room and immerse themselves in a hot, intimate setting with friends and strangers. The heated vapors are infused with specially devised scents selected by our Herb-J (kinda like a DJ but for olfaction). We recommend two or three short rounds of steaming. Live music by holloys will complete your full sensory experience.

Materials & Applications and Michael Parker will host four steam sessions this winter:

Sunday, November 18th | 4PM - 8PM
Wednesday, November 28th | 6PM - 10PM
Sunday, December 16th | 4PM - 8PM
Sunday, December 30th | 4PM - 8PM

The events are free and open to the public. Please BYOBS (bathing suit) and BYOT (towel) - though we have a few dozen on hand. Drinking water and changing rooms are provided.

More Info

Friday, November 2nd
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Women’s Center for Creative Work

M&A and WCCW present a joint program on Care & Repair: Feminist Spatial Practices. In conversation with curator and feminist theorist Elke Krasny, we will discuss what care might look like in architectural and urban practices. What could a practice of care look like in architecture? As a profession, architecture has long been shaped by notions of managerial expertise, technical mastery, and bureaucratic control; as a spatial practice, architecture is inevitably intertwined with financial systems that prioritize speculative markets, capital gain, and the commodification of housing. Fundamentally, such practices are the precise opposite to the intimate, emotional, and often maternal expression of care. Yet architecture is fundamentally a social and political practice, where questions of access, equality, representation and expression sit at the forefront of its concerns. Collectively, we will ask how practices of care can contribute to new forms of activism, by expanding dialogues, engaging materialisms, transforming pedagogies, and projecting alternatives.

 


Recent Exhibitions
& Public Programs

2019 Open Call | Staging Construction –

Finalists Announced!

Staging Construction is a call for projects that explore construction as both a practice and a performance. Construction can seem a rather dry affair for a public installation. After all, logistics, staging, industry standards, and manual labor are not the seductive tools of design. Yet recent attention to participatory design processes, preoccupation with industrial readymades, satirization of DIY building culture, archeology of building sites, and competitions around demolition suggest that our cultural field is attending to these unseen endeavors intrinsic to the production of architecture.

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2016-17 Exhibition | The Kid Gets Out of the Picture

October 15, 2016 - February 28, 2017

@ M&A Courtyard
1619 Silverlake Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90026

The Kid Gets Out of the Picture is a three-month long exhibition that returns to the catalog of nouns developed by the picturesque to ask how these tactics can be deployed in reverse, extracting the qualities of images and literalizing them in the real world. Featuring new work by Los Angeles Design Group with First Office, Laurel Broughton/Andrew Kovacs, and Jason Payne.

Privacies Infrastructure


July 21 - September 30, 2018

Privacies Infrastructure explores the culture of privacy and privatization in Los Angeles’ residential neighborhoods by asking the question: why do our neighborhoods look the way they do? The multifaceted program unfolds over the summer with temporary installations, performances, and public programming, including four new commissions by Besler & Sons, Tanya Brodsky, Fiona Connor, Gwyneth Shanks and Sarah Lewis-Cappellari amongst others. Image courtesy of Tanya Brodsky, 2016.

Visit the project page here.
Or download the 11x17 program guide here.

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2016 Exhibition | TURF: A Mini-Golf Project

June 2016 - July 2016
@TURF | 1601 Park Ave. Los Angeles

TURF: A Mini-Golf Project explores the meaning of terrain and territory in Los Angeles through the architecture of mini-golf. The mini-golf course becomes a playful trope of the city of Los Angeles, articulated through artificial terrains, winding territories and fantastical architecture. Image by Jamie Barron.

2017 Gala | Thank You...

...to our donors, members, contributors, participants, party-goers and newcomers for celebrating and reflecting with us on November 11th as we looked back on fourteen years of M&A.

We want to share a special thank you to our gala sponsors Aesop, SOTO Sake, and Dublab for their incredible support, and to the individual donors whose direct and generous contributions help make 2018 incredible.

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Partner Program | Common Field Los Angeles Convening

Nov. 2 - Nov. 5, 2017
@JACCC

The Common Field Convening assembles 350+ arts organizers from across the country to share values, and exchange practical resources and knowledge. The Convening is organized in partnership with Los Angeles based independent, artist-centered organizations Materials & Applications, Human Resources, Center for Land Use Interpretation, and Women’s Center for Creative Work, as well as 10 additional affiliate partners.

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Public Program | Translation Ex. No. 1

Collective Revisions for ON/OFF

Saturday, October 28, 2017
5:00 - 7:00PM
@2426 SET | 2426 W. Washington Blvd.

Translation Exercise is a new public program presented in the form of an exercise. The exercise invites guests to present their work through the activity of collective editing. The first exercise is a collective revision for ON/OFF, a Berlin-based architectural collective founded in 2012 as an experiment in collective practice.

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Partner Program | Join M&A at the Back 9 Mini Golf Course

July - November, 2017
@ Skid Row Museum and Archives | 250 S. Broadway Ave.

Join Materials & Applications, Los Angeles Poverty Department and Rosten Woo for a round of mini-golf! The Back 9 is a playable educational golf course about zoning and redevelopment politics in Downtown LA. Each hole of the course explores a different aspect of zoning and its political implications, with a focus on Downtown Los Angeles 2040 rezoning and its anticipated effects on Skid Row.

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Talk + Workshop| New Forensics: Scenarios and Simulated Environments

Saturday, August 19, 2017
3:00PM - 5:00PM
@ 2426 SET | 2426 W. Washington Blvd.

M&A and 2426 SET present Scenarios and Simulated Environments, a one-day presentation by artists Kelly Loudenberg and Richard Wheeler, whose work and research focuses on simulating simulations. From violence to surveillance, the two separate but parallel artistic practices investigate, re-articulate and stage the exercises and environments that result from contemporary training scenarios.

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Launch Party | Project Journal Issue 6 Launch!

Saturday, April 29, 2017
4:00PM-7:00PM
@ M&A Courtyard | 1619 Silverlake Blvd.

Join M&A and Project Journal for the launch of Issue Six! Guest edited by John Capen Brough and Parsa Khalili, Issue Six introduces practitioners and theorists who advocate for the possibility of a critical position for architecture in a particular context, and suggests that today a new cast of architects are redefining what it means to develop a project of architecture.

Blockchain Workshop | Can A Building Own Itself?

Thursday, May 11, 2017
7:00 - 9:00 PM
@ Navel | 1611 S Hope Street

Can a building own itself? Or more precisely, is there such a thing as autonomous, anonymous property ownership as opposite to private ownership? Please join Materials & Applications and FOAM DAO for a short workshop that explores alternate financial systems for land ownership. We will (seriously) examine the development of an open source smart contract token protocol on the Ethereal blockchain. Image by FOAM.

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2014 Exhibition | La Cage aux Folles

April 2014 - October 2014
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
@ M&A Courtyard |1619 Silverlake Blvd.

La Cage aux Folles is a sculptural intervention in the M&A Courtyard. The project explores the little used craft of pipe bending in architecture and joins form, computational procedures, and fabrication processes in the production of an inhabitable structure.


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