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Faculty Talk: Angelica Lorenzi: A thousand realities: the digital plateau

Discussion Moderated by Damjan Jovanovic

Room 160
November 22, 2019 at 1:00pm

The increasing digitalization of our everyday lives has been marked by the appearances of new forms of visual manifestations that do more than simply provide information but have become autonomous objects that transform how we live. The Internet plays a major role in levelling the content of the world into a flat cultural production. Flatness has no perspective, no confines. It has permanently changed our relationship with time and space. The context of the immersive, inhabitable Internet functions as a repository and organizer of human aspiration. Its temporal and spacial dimensions contains a stratification of images and manifestations of our known and unknown dreams and desires, interests and memories that lack hierarchy or centrality. By manipulating coded spaces, uploading and downloading digital models from open-sourced libraries, and recombining and sharing contents, new creative content is produced. However, how can the consumer-producer of online content determine what to believe, what to accept as an authentic depiction of reality? The talk will explore alternative ways for the architect to shape the space around us, which lies on the borderline between simulation and reality, within modern network culture, digital folklore and consumer technology.

portrait of angelica lorenzi

Lorenzi Bio:

Angelica Lorenzi is an Italian architectural designer, educator and digital artist currently based in Los Angeles. Angelica holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Innsbruck and received a Master of Architecture with distinction from Die Angewandte, University of Applied Arts in Vienna, studio Hani Rashid in 2018.

Angelica was selected for the exchange program at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles in 2016, she won the 1st price for the European Active Public Space competition with the following realisation of the urban prototype Kepos_cpdg in front of MAK Museum in Vienna. She is currently a Design Studio faculty at SCI-Arc at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Angelica’s work has been exhibited in various international Exhibitions, as the TAB Tallin Architectural Biennale 2017, Vienna Biennale 2017, Venice Architecture Biennale 2016, Architekturtage Innsbruck 2016 among others.