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Evolving Materialism


  • M&A Courtyard 1619 Silver Lake Blvd Los Angeles, CA, 90026 United States (map)

The 2003 M&A Summer Lecture Series explores the processes, techniques and effects by which vectors of evolution project from architecture's increasingly accessible domain of digital technology towards next-generation material environments. The event was followed by drinks, bites, and music. Outdoor seating | $5 suggested donation

Wednesday August 6, 8PM

Marcelo Spina / Principal / PATTERNS
Peter Zellner / Curator and Theorist / Baldez Organization

The PATTERNS exhibit, Land.Tiles, was in its final month at M&A. This was an opportunity to hear the architect discuss this work in relation to the larger scope of his explorations in the virtual realm.

Friday August 15, 8PM

Hernan Diaz Alonso / Principal Xefirot Architecture
Benjamin Bratton / The Culture Industry

Software, simultaneously a technology and a language, continues to transform both the means of architecture and the terrains on which it builds. Hernan Diaz-Alonso and Benjamin H. Bratton are faculty at SCI_Arc, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, where they teach Theory and Design. Together they discuss what is specific to software-based space, what is incidental, and what is permanent.

Friday August 29, 8PM

Marcos Lutyens / Artist & Theorist, MindbrowserTM
Christophe Cornubert / Director of Architecture, PUSH

Digital design tools have become instrumental in creating both built/analog and virtual /digital environments. Soon, the seamless integration of the two realms will result in responsive software/surface/structure systems that will be indispensable for built applications. This discussion develops potential uses for responsive “SmartSurfaces”* and explores potential interfaces; i.e. ranging from simple touch-based sensors and temperature or light-sensing switches, to more complex and immersive mind state synapse mechanisms and the implications involved.

Earlier Event: April 18
Land.Tiles
Later Event: May 1
Serial Departure