Friday, September 28, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Special launch event with SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss
The SCI-Arc Media Archive is a continuously expanding, evolving online media showcase of lectures, symposia, performances and gallery talks from some of the most talented architects and creative thinkers of our time, hosted at SCI-Arc from 1974 to present.
Media content on the user-friendly website will be free and accessible to all. Recorded at different times and places, using different technologies, the videos are presented as originally captured. Each video is tagged and extensively described, providing a media platform which enables visitors to search by keyword, year, speaker name or theme. A highlight of the new media library will be featured online exhibitions produced regularly by guest curators.
While emphasizing architecture and design issues, the media library covers more than 3,300 different topics, from Abstraction to Zeitgeist. Speakers include the most significant architects, designers, artists and theorists of the last four decades, including 11 winners of the coveted Pritzker Architecture Prize. The Southern California scene is expecially well represented with architects from mid-century icon John Lautner to rising architect Elena Manferdini, to artists David Hockney and Mike Kelley, to surprise guests such as Breakfast Club director John Hughes.
The SCI-Arc Media Archive is the culmination of a three-year endeavor involving SCI-Arc staff, students, faculty, alumni, and a range of outside technicians, consultants, and collaborating institutions. Major funding was provided by The Getty Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts. Curatorial support was provided by the MAK Center Los Angeles for the exhibition Outspoken: Lectures from the SCI-Arc Media Archive, on view May 15-August 12, 2012.