Daily workshops took place with artists and designers to explore experimental methodologies that engage in collaborative design processes, including sculpture, music, film, and performance.
Listening Critically in a Divergent Wilderness
Acoustic Ecology is a relatively new field emerging at the intersection of a variety of disciplines and being defined by a variety of issues. A portion of this workshop focused on exploring the roles acoustic ecology plays in the designing, building, and experiencing of different environments. This allowed participants to transform critical relationships with sound into something that acts as a physical, theory driven lens through which to question a particular experience or context. What does it mean to actively listen? What objects facilitate the questioning of a sonic environment?
Aria Ekasilapa, Ann-pavinee Langenskioeld, Weerada Chalermnont, Phuridej Eakthanasunthorn, Saifa Sathaporn, Pichamon Taksinawong, Varinda Suphantharida, Tinn Kiewkarnkha
Horizons Made of Wool
Noémie Despland-Lichtert & Brendan Sullivan Shea
You can tell a lot about a place by looking at its horizon. Horizons Made of Wool explores the current state and potential futures of Morongo Valley. Through a series of exurban labs, it learns from the horizon -- a line between geo and atmos which participants survey and remix.
The workshop surveyed the site, through walking. Taking notice of little bits; the sky, its color intensity, the dirt, its grain size, participants photographed and used tools; a cyanometer & sedimentisizer. Participants then coded, processed, reconstructed, and remixed some of the behaviors of horizon—particles and grains turned into pixels and stitch. Recasting these bits of atmosphere and geology onto the screen of a cell phone and a cross-stitch, workshop participants found abstractions of horizon within the procedural measurements of site.
Final results of the workshop can be viewed at www.horizons.la
Participants: Cameron Kursel, Abby Zuckerman, Phuridej Eakthanasunthorn, Saifa Sathaporn
Maxime Lefebvre & Leah Wulfman
A palm tree, a ladder, a cactus, a door, a humanoid, and a lamp walk into a bar… They are each downloaded from Turbosquid.
The architectural threshold is now akin to a green-screen set—a traditional special effects armature used for editing in and editing out. Architectural design today could be said to be more about processing—interpretation and editing—and less about designing the world anew, carte blanche, on paper or in a Rhino vacuum. What is interior and exterior to the computer, the building and the world, now operate back and forth in incessant iteration, readily captured and capturable, simulated and actual. The landscape, the body, plants, objects and other artifacts become part of our models and renders: architecture itself.
Workshop participants designed green-screen sets, to edit in and edit out the landscape and its many features with content, with the final result culminating in a film.
Martin Hitch, Brittany Arceneaux, Brad Stire, Thongtor Nontavatit, Nattha Dhamabutra
Lena Pozdnyakova & Eldar Tagi
Sounds.lines.objects.spaces is a workshop designed as a one-day on-site research of the sonic data extracted from the surrounding common surfaces, and a study on sculptural interpretation of these findings as juxtaposed to the environment itself.
Spaces exist without the human presence, however once the human is present - the space becomes the site. This workshop was interested in the feedback between the self-evolving space and human intervention. There are two main elements to the workshop: abstraction and experience. Abstraction refers to subjective interpretation of the environment via sculptural modifications of the existing objects, thus assigning new meaning onto common natural landscape. Experience involves direct amplification of the present natural surfaces, promoting utilization of the sense of hearing in the process of site/object study.
Participants: Kristina Fisher, Rebecca Looringh-van Beeck, Ciana Frenze, Weerada Chalermnont, Pichamon Taksinawong
Ebb (and Flow)
Lucas and Martin Hitch
Ebb (and Flow) is a nebulous mountain floating in the desert—a kaleidoscopic mirage aiming not just to blur the line between art, nature, and knowledge, but to remove the line completely. The structure consists of a series of tiered platforms that flow around the site separated by a series of syncopated wooden supports. The simplicity of the concept lends itself to a surprisingly complex, yet immediately accessible, design. A beautiful symbiosis of architecture, nature, and people. The result is an extremely light, permeable structure, a spacious composition that lets the surrounding environment fill in the gaps.
Ann-pavinee Langenskioeld, Varinda Suphantharida, Tinn Kiewkarnkha, Natchaluck Radomsittipat
Nature is Not Our Natural Habitat