October 4 – October 23, 2019
RECEPTION: Friday, October 4, 2019 @ 6 PM - 9 PM
A person walks into a museum. He/she knows nothing of the work presented in front of them. Each painting or object accesses their own experience and analyses it towards their knowledge. This manifests as an abundance of readings, such as people in brush strokes of a Rothko, an animal in a rock in a Zuni artifact, or a religious symbol on a piece of toast in Central America. This is the familiarity we find in the world around us. It is the way we rationalize life. It is a self-nostalgia of what we need to see or what want to see. The exhibition tweaks, contorts, and plays with the affect of how parts, objects and scale can perform to the familiarity of your past and your knowledge of today.
RISE OF THE FAMILIARS + SOFT DISCRETE FAMILIARS
Ryan Vincent Manning
Ryan Vincent Manning is a Texas based designer investigating new building models that look to incorporate ideas from the computation and fashion industry to produce buildings and objects into soft familiarities. He is the principal of quirkd33, a research and development collaborative in products, writings and architectural ideas. Along with John Maruszscak and Roger Connah, he runs Heron-Mazy, a working practice producing altered architecture projects, investigative pedagogies, interfaces and altered media film. With Heron-Mazy, he has accompanied a multitude of honors and publications in Storefront Art and Architecture, Blankspace, and Dallas Film Festival, just to name a few. He has been an invited professor at TU Innsbruck, and has lectured and acted as a guest critic in numerous universities internationally. His academic research has been widely featured in publications and international conferences such as AD, and Fresh Meats. He is the program director of theBeeInstitute, an independent educational collaborative.
Mollie Claypool is an architecture historian, theorist and educator. She is currently a Lecturer in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture where she is Co-Director of Design Computation Lab (designcomputationlab.org) and Coordinator of History & Theory in MArch Architectural Design. She was Co-Director of the undergraduate BSc Architecture course from 2014-2018 and ran MArch Unit 19 from 2012-2018. She has taught and lectured extensively in architecture schools across the UK and Europe including the AA School of Architecture from 2009-2017 in Design Research Laboratory (AADRL) and History & Theory Studies. Her research interests include the history and theory of digital design, computation and automation as well as the economic, social and political implications of new technologies on architectural production.
M. Casey Rehms
M. Casey Rehm is a designer and algorithmic consultant based in Los Angeles. He received a MSAAD from Columbia University in 2009 and his B.Arch from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005. He has over ten years of architectural experience, working for firms in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, and London. Both his architectural and interactive media work has been exhibited domestically and internationaly. In addition to his professional experience, Rehm has been a full time faculty member at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, assisted studios at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Pratt Institute and taught workshops at The University of Kentucky. Currently he teaches graduate design studios and seminars in programming and robotics in design at SCI-Arc.
Manuel Jimenez Garcia
Manuel Jiménez García is the co-founder and principal of madMdesign, a computational design practice based in London. His work has been exhibited worldwide in venues such as Centre Pompidou (Paris), Canada´s Design Museum (Toronto), Royal Academy of Arts (London), Zaha Hadid Design Gallery (London), Clerkenwell Design Week (London) and X Spanish Architectural Biennale (Madrid).
Alongside his practice, Manuel has lectured, taught and attended juries internationally. He is currently a lecturer in Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL (London). He is programme director of MSc Architectural Computation (AC), and co-founder of UCL Design Computation Lab. He runs Research Cluster 4 at the MArch Architectural Design (AD) and MArch Unit 19; in addition, he curates Plexus, a multidisciplinary lecture series based on computational design; he is also the director of the AA Visiting School Madrid. His academic research has been widely featured in publications and international conferences such us Fabricate, Ecaade, Aae and Acadia. He has recently been awarded with the Best Emerging Research Award in Acadia 2016 Posthuman Frontiers.
Manuel holds a Masters in Architecture + Urbanism (AADRL) from Architectural Association and a Masters in Design and Computer modeling from CICE new technologies professional school. He has worked as an architect for the offices of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Minimaforms and Amid(cero9), participating actively in multiple international recognised projects.
Daniel Koehler is an urbanist, researcher, and co-founder of lab-eds. He directs one of the research clusters at UCL Bartlett School of Architecture in London, where he also coordinates the theory module of the BPro Urban Design Master Program. Furthermore, Daniel also holds a PostDoc position at Innsbruck University. He has taught at several institutions, among them Sci-Arc in Los Angeles USA, Städelschule in Frankfurt Germany, Aalto University in Espoo Finland, Vilnius Academy of Arts in Lithuania and the University of East London. Daniel has studied Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and he completed his PhD at Innsbruck University. He is the author of “The Mereological City”, a study on the partitioned relationships between architecture and its city in the modern period. His current research focuses on the urban implications of digital logistics, which are being designed by means of sets, data, interfaces and their architecture.
Rasa Navasaityte is an architect and the co-founder of the design practice: lab-eds. She is teaching architecture design at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. She has taught workshops, seminars and design studios at the University Innsbruck, Vilnius Academy of Arts and the University of East London. Rasa holds a Master in Architecture, which she received with distinction at the Angewandte in Vienna supervised by Prof. Zaha Hadid. Her project contributes to an architectural framework of ecological form and is acknowledged through several Publications, Awards and Exhibitions.
Gilles Retsin is a London based architect and designer investigating new architectural models that engage with the potential of increased computational power and fabrication to generate buildings and objects with a previously unseen structure, detail and materiality. His work is interested in the impact of computation on the core principles of architecture – the bones rather than the skin. The practice has developed numerous provocative proposals for international competitions, and is currently working on a a range of schemes, among them a 10000 m2 museum in China. His work has been acquired by the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and he has exhibited internationally in museums such as the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil-am-Rhein, Design Exchange Toronto and the Zaha Hadid Gallery in London. He has been invited professor at the Texas A&M University, and has lectured and acted as guest critic in numerous universities internationally. He is Program Director of the B.Pro Architectural Design (AD) at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.
Gilles Retsin studied in Belgium, Chile and the UK, where he obtained a masters from the Architectural Association’s Design Research Lab in London. Prior to founding his own practice, he worked in Switzerland as a project architect with Christian Kerez, and in London with Kokkugia.
Jose Sanchez is an Architect / Programmer / Game Designer based in Los Angeles, California. He is the director of the Plethora Project, a research, and learning project investing in the future of on-line open-source knowledge. He is also the creator of Block’hood, an award-winning city building video game exploring notions of crowdsourced urbanism winner of the ‘Best Gameplay’ award at the 2016 Games for Change Festival in New York.
He has taught and guest lectured at several renowned institutions across the world, including the Architectural Association in London, the University of Applied Arts (Angewandte) in Vienna, ETH Zurich, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure D'Architecture in Paris.
Today, he is an Assistant Professor at USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles. His research ‘Gamescapes’ explores generative interfaces in the form of video games, speculating in modes of intelligence augmentation, combinatorics, and open systems as a design medium.
Catherine Griffiths is a PhD Candidate in the Interdisciplinary Media Arts & Practice program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, in Los Angeles. She researches at the intersection of design, computation and critical studies. Previously, she has worked for architecture, engineering, and arts organizations on visualization projects and technology pilot studies. She has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of the Arts London, a master’s degree in Architecture from The Bartlett, University College London, and is currently pursuing a PhD at USC.
She has choreographed numerous musicals, and a few of her credits include: Merry Widow (University Of North Texas Opera), In the Heights (Artes De La Rosa), Jubilation ( Jubilee Theatre) Cabaret (Texas Wesleyan University), A Very Merry Unauthorized Scientology Pageant (Circle Theatre), Frog and Toad (Casa Manana). Lavallee was the Assistant choreographer for Figaro (Dallas Opera) and the workshop of Stagger Lee (Dallas Theater Center). She also was the assistant director in Dallas Theatre Center’s production of Give It Up (Lysistrata Jones), which went to Broadway. DVD credits include: choreographer for a Barney and Friends Music Video I Hear Music Everywhere, and assistant choreographer for Let’s Make Music, and Let’s Go To The Fire House.
As an instructor she has worked with Kids Who Care,and was the principal choreographer for eight years. Lavallee teaches for Margo Dean School of Ballet, Ballet International Elite Academy, All Saints Episcopal School, Texas Wesleyan University, Dance Theatre of Arlington, and Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy. As a dancer Elise trained with Margo Dean School of Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater. Professionally she was a member of The Bruce Wood Dance Company, Ballet Concerto, and has performed in many musical theater productions with theaters including, Casa Manana, Dallas Theater Center, and Lyric Stage.
Ben Warwas began his design work as a teenager building skateboard ramps and making streetwear. He went on to develop these interests, receiving his B.A. in Fashion design at the Massachusetts College of Art (MassArt), where he won the Award for Fashion Design two years in a row. Ben worked as an independent fashion designer costuming bands such as Le Tigre and The Locust. He then attended Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) for his Masters of Architecture where he was granted the award for best thesis. After working at various firms (namely Anonymous Architects, Michael Maltzen, Space International, and Zago Architecture) he established his own architectural practice Byben in 2016. Though Byben initially started as a clothing company in the early 90s, it now focuses on custom architectural projects and installations. Ben has over 20 years of experience in all the aspects of designing and building architectural projects. Ben is a collaborator at the conceptual architectural firm Typical Office and is presently on the design faculty at Pasadena City College Architecture Department.