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, their separate artistic practices investigate, re-articulate, and stage the exercises and environments that result from an increasingly militarized world in which new environments are manufactured and new genres of spaces are constructed
Who does it serve and why should you care? Zoning law regulates land use across the city, and shapes buildings, blocks, and whole neighborhoods. It can be a tool for preservation or for rapid physical and economic development. But how does it work? And why is it so controversial? This hands-on workshop will use games and activities that Rosten Woo has developed with The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and Dr. Pop to teach zoning fundamentals and explore the technical and ethical questions behind the laws of the land.
This workshop covers some of the fundamental elements that make up our culturally and socially enforced understanding of property rights in America: property rights as ownership, the mortgage, and property taxation.
As part of Wildflowering L.A., a native wildflower seed planting initiative conceived of by artist Fritz Haeg, the USPS Eagle Rock Station is one of fifty sites throughout L.A. County that will become home to a diverse, seasonal landscape full of blooms and bugs.
Slow It, Spread It, Sink It is a project initiated by Materials & Applications (M&A) for the Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Department in 2008 in response to the linked problems of polluted storm water flushing into the ocean from Los Angeles, the lack of filtration in this city, and the worsening water shortage.
MatterApp’s “Weaving the Wind” workshop captures the spirit of a tactile learning experience. Participants were invited to explore the conceptual and technical elements of woven shade structures by working together to build one over the course of an afternoon on March 20, 2010.
Architects and artists invited to participate constructed temporary forms and structures of ice on the Rochester Art Center grounds. Unlike typical ice constructions that use blocks of ice to build more traditional structures, or use blocks of ice as a solid medium for carving sculpture, the constructions took advantage of two properties of water: its fluidity while in the liquid state, and its hardness in the solid or frozen state.
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.