Exhibits | Yearly Archives: 2012 (1)

These special exhibits present representative videos from the Archive in contexts devised by guest curators. The Archive was designed to be open-ended rather than didactic, and these idiosyncratic responses are offered not as sanctioned interpretations, but as encouragement to visitors to dive in and explore on their own.
Unfrozen Music (and Dancing)
Curators:
There’s a lot of talk archived in SMA, but it would be wrong to assume that’s all there is. Since its start, SCI-Arc has...

Unfrozen Music (and Dancing)

There’s a lot of talk archived in SMA, but it would be wrong to assume that’s all there is. Since its start, SCI-Arc has provided a stage for music and dance. Not talk about music and dance, but actual performances.

Most performances occurred for their own sake, as demonstrated by the clips of Rubén Ortiz Torre, and Matmos, and documented by Adhe Lahti’s posters for special concerts.

Other performances were inflected by the context of SCI-Arc, and prompted engagement with architecture. Choreographers Bella Lewitzky and Mehmet Sander presented demonstration performances. Dione Neutra and Konrad Wachsmann presented music related to specific architects. And Steve Roden employed the ambient sounds of SCI-Arc as compositional material.

[Image: Beaux-Arts Ball performers, mid-1970s, at SCI-Arc’s original facility.]

Clips

Rub?n Ortiz-Torres-clip_2180
Rub?n Ortiz-Torres-clip_2180
Matmos Queer Assemblages-clip_3685
Matmos Queer Assemblages-clip_3685
Bella Lewitzky Dance A Motion Space Time Art Form
Bella Lewitzky Dance A Motion Space Time Art Form
Mehmet Sander
Mehmet Sander
Dione Neutra-clip_4367
Dione Neutra-clip_4367
Konrad Wachsmann On Charles Eames Part Two-clip_3077
Konrad Wachsmann On Charles Eames Part Two-clip_3077
Polytopes The Architecture Of Soundscapes Part...
Polytopes The Architecture Of Soundscapes Part One-clip_3763
Artist Steve Roden presents a live electronic piece created with audio and video samples collected from SCI-Arc.