Video Archive Subclip | Yearly Archives: 2011 (136)

Friends Of Friends With Joe Day Josh Melnick and Lauri Firstenberg-clip_9438

Josh Melnick remarks, “I never make pieces without thinking how they are going to be shown,” and describes how he designed the exhibition. He describes his current project, Chair Work, in which Melnick set up a temporary film set in a vacant retail space in New York and invited passersby to have a photographic portrait taken. He explains how title for the project came from psychiatrist Fritz Perls. During the Q&A Melnick states he would like people to experience “what it means to look at someone else, and what it means to look at something deeply.” He explains how his practice of meditation influences his work. Joe Day comments about Melnick’s framing of subjects and its connection to reflecting, mirroring emotion.

Friends Of Friends With Joe Day Josh Melnick and Lauri Firstenberg-clip_9437

As part of his Fall 2009 installation in the SCI-Arc Gallery, Joe Day hosts a discussion with photographer Josh Melnick, and nonprofit art space director Lauri Firstenberg. Melnick discusses his New York subway photographs created for Art in General, a non-profit arts organization. He talks about the scientific research camera used for the project. Firstenberg asks Melnick and Day their thoughts about the “functions and dysfunctions of the white cube and black box”–which were components of Day’s installation.

Solar Decathlon 2011 Exhibition Discussion-clip_5837

Andrew Gong and Cole Hershkowitz discuss their design of CHIP’s electrical systems, especially control mechanisms and interactive features. Ming Fung asks participants how much they used prior knowledge and how much they learned on the job. Dwayne Olyer discusses the relationship between architects and engineers, and the process of prioritization.

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Wes Jones discusses the process by which the team arrived at the CHIP design, noting the long sequence of interresting iterations and alternatives. Ming Fung asks about the team’s strategy for shipping the house from Los Angeles to Washington. Brian Zentmyer discusses the decision not to follow the example of most previous Decathlon teams and build an easily-transportable modular design.

Solar Decathlon 2011 Exhibition Discussion-clip_5832

Ming Fung leads a discussion of SCI-Arc and Caltech’s entry in the U.S. Department of Energy 2011 Solar Decathlon. Event participants contrast their Compact Hyper-Insulated Prototype (CHIP) with the nineteen other entries. Wes Jones explains the team’s desire to address the competition criteria without regard for traditional images of a house. They debate the imagery of CHIP, and the creation of an architectural icons.

Thom Mayne, Jeffrey Kipnis, Eric Owen Moss Architecture And Politics-clip_8767

Jeffrey Kipnis, Thom Mayne, and Eric Owen Moss discuss the ideal of “truth” in architecture and politics, and how it is communicated architecturally. Kipnis asserts that multiple truths are valid, while Moss is more interested in the exception, rather than the rule, as the only truth architecture can impart to the public.