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LECTURES: Wed, March 26, 2014

Mark Z. Danielewski: Parable #8: Z Is for Zoo (or Transgressing Barriers Against Creative Survival)

Wednesday, March 26, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Intro by Todd Gannon

It’s November 2013. I was just asked to do this. Consequently I have NO IDEA what I’m going to talk about in March. Likely, cats will come up. This is because 1) I have a cat whom I love and who is dying now and may not survive another four months and 2) because I’ve spent the last seven years writing a 27-volume novel called The Familiar, which concerns a cat. In fact, the first volumes are due five days after I give this talk. It’s highly likely then that process will come up a lot. No doubt I’ll be exhausted, damp with thought, more off-kilter than usual — i.e. impatient and unpleasant. One promise I can make: I usually know how to survive large, complex projects. One promise I can’t make: that I won’t just stand up and read a story about a zoo and a particularly dangerous tiger.

Mark Z. Danielewski is the author of the award-winning and bestselling novel House of Leaves, National Book Award finalist Only Revolutions, and The Fifty Year Sword, which was performed on Halloween three years in a row at REDCAT. He is currently finishing the very beginning of The Familiar, a 27-volume novel about a 12-year-old girl who finds a kitten.

2x8 Exhibition of Student Work Debuts April 11 at A+D Museum

SCI-Arc undergraduate students Eduardo Bellosta (B.Arch ‘15) and Ryan McGriff (B.Arch ‘15), and graduate students Nan Yen Chen (M.Arch 2 ‘13) and Hao Wu (M.Arch 2 ‘13), were selected to exhibit their work in the 2014 edition of 2x8, a highly anticipated annual exhibition of student work hosted by AIA Los Angeles.

Themed 2x8: Evolved, the show opens April 11, 6pm at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles, and will include projects by students from SCI-Arc, Art Center College of Design, California College of the Arts, USC and UCLA, among other schools.

The New Painterly's dots and stripes blend to confuse the actual shape of the geometry

The New Painterly, a graduate project developed by Chen and Wu in the studio led by design faculty Elena Manferdini, engages painterly effect techniques of Chiaroscuro and Tenebrism into architectural space. The project explores various ways texture and fake shadows can be used to challenge the perception of a building’s volume, geometry and openings. The program of the building is a Performance Arts Center located in the theatre district of Los Angeles near Disney Concert Hall. It contains one large hall and one small one, the public being “sandwiched” between the building’s interior and exterior skins. The outside of the building is colored with dots and stripes using the technique of planar mapping, projecting dots on the opposite surface, at times stretching the dots to stripes on the other two surfaces. Fake shadows are also used around the opening in order to blur the distinction between interior and exterior to correspond to public areas.

Bellosta and McGriff's design proposal for a new Emerging Art Museum for the city of San Francisco, takes into account the environmental systems affecting the aspect and performance of the museum. The two developed of a per formative envelope that takes advantage of the exterior and interior qualities of the museum. The envelope addresses environmental conditions through a hyper articulated skin allowing air, light and water to add productive efficiencies throughout the year.

AIA│LA will be announcing the recipients of their 2014 AOC Student Scholarships at 2x8’s opening reception on April 11.

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