Juan Azulay discusses his Vivarium installation in the SCI-Arc Gallery with Eric Owen Moss. Azulay characterizes his ambition as “reconstructing nature,” and creating a situation that incorporates behavior. Topics include salt, machines, and aspects of the exhibition that might not be obvious to one-time visitors.
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Eric Owen Moss engages the participants in “London Eight” to discuss the exhibit and their work. Peter Cook explains that he invited five architects who teach at the Bartlett to exhibit. Each architect was additionally asked to select a prot?g? who they had mentored at the Bartlett to exhibit alongside them. The pairings consisted of architects Marjan Colletti & Marcos Cruz with prot?g? Yusef Al-Mehdari; architect CJ Lim with prot?g? Pascal Bronner; architects Mark Smout & Laura Allen with prot?g? Johan Hybschmann. The discussion touches on digital design, pedagogy, “indulgent” formal objects and drawing.
Eric Owen Moss moderates a symposium consisting of distinquished faculty members Jeffrey Kipnis, Michael Rotondi, and Hernan Diaz-Alonzo. They discuss representation, imagery, functionality, materials, and contemporary culture. Coy Howard, Elena Manferdini, and Chris Genik pose questions for the panelists. They reflect on the recent death of Raimund Abraham.
Patrick Tighe and Eric Moss discuss Tighe’s installation “Out of Memory” for
the SCI-Arc gallery. The discussion touches on robotic production, drawing techniques, the relationship of music and architecture, and the relationship between exterior and interior.
Matthew Melnyk considers the role of the engineer in collaboration with architects. Melnyk discusses the SCI-Arc Gallery projects that he worked on, which he values for putting a “premium on exploring solutions rather than arriving at the right solution.” He discusses Dragonfly (2007) with Tom Wiscombe of Emergent, Voussoir Cloud (2008) with Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott, Live Wire (2008) with Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu, and If Not Now, When? (2009) with Eric Owen Moss.
Alexis Rochas discusses with Eric Owen Moss about the Still Robot exhibition and using Octa.Bot, a universal building system based on the combination of freely rotating elements into robust tectonic assemblies. Rochas talks about the making and the multiple collapse of his project, and, further, what we can learn from collapse.
Eric Owen Moss begins the discussion by proposing a summary of Joe Day’s intentions, and wondering how else he might have realized them. They discuss the title “Blow X Blow” in terms of linguistics and narrative. Day states his interest in reprogramming the space by combining form and new new media art. Day defends the right of people to project their meanings upon the installation, and his freedom to develop a formal logic without any function. This leads to a discussion of the built form of the installation, contrasted with the projected imagery. Moss questions Day on his choice of material, and the two discuss the role of color in the space. Day relates the controlling of a point of view in a cinema to that of a museum and prison, as illustrated by the diagrammatic work displayed on the walls, “Collections and Corrections.” This leads to a discussion of Jean-Paul Sartre’s argument that only prisoners enjoy the ultimate freedom from all responsibilities. They conclude by addressing the idea of scripting, both as a cinematographic tactic and a design tool utilized in the organization of “Blow X Blow.”
Thesis coordinator Hernan Diaz Alonso describes the judging process that selected 11 projects and 4 prize winners out of the 2009 graduate thesis projects. Graduate program coordinator Hsinming Fung notes the unusual diversity of work. Director Eric Owen Moss describes the work as raising questions about where architecture might go. He engages the four prize-winners in conversation about their projects:
- Sarah Blankenbaker, Superposition
- F. Myles Sciotto, Ambientalterity: through the projected perception of the inter-alien
- Yu Nong Khew, Tendencies of sensational openings
- Edward Kim, Exquisite Heartbreak Hotel