Exhibitions & Public Programs
First Supper by Infranatural is a performative dinner party – an interactive exploration of sustenance and our fantasies about its sources and destinations. Designers include Sarah Beadle, Jenna Didier, and Oliver Hess. The project is visible to visiting art crawlers as both a projection on the building and through the architecture windows. The First Supper is the start a series of periodic experimental dinners. These events focus on food alchemy and advanced social engineering.
What does it mean to generate a climate, to build with the air, to create space? When we inhabit a place, we do not live inside the concrete, the glass or the wood, but in the space that they surround. The Weather Garden investigates architecture’s invisible elements: space, ambiance, atmosphere and how people experience them. The place itself is an urban void, an empty stage. The events that activate this space are an integral part of the project. A weather forecast announces the program (film screening, lecture, musical performance, party, reading …) using a silver screen facing the street as a billboard.
The purpose of Materials & Applications is to explore current ideas in architectural design theory on an experiential level. The research center’s founder will discuss the drive and the development of this space and its plans for the future.
Shade was a one-day workshop organized by Materials & Applications with artist Edith Abeyta. By combining trash gleaned off the streets of downtown Los Angeles and transforming the items into sculptural quilts through community base collaboration, the workshop exposes the ugly side of abundance in the beautiful objects she makes. Several dozens of people working together have crocheted thousands of recycled plastic grocery bags to create a 10′ x 15′ crocheted awning.
Serial Departure represents a starting point, with respect to research, towards a responsive and possibly reactive architecture. The project began with an interest in a technique of steam-bending wood, a process that would hardly be considered high-tech as it was developed in the mid 19th century. This interest led to the methodical research of historical precedence, including kayak construction, shape memory alloys, and Thonet/Eames furniture.