Friday, September 27, 2013

Big City Forum: Shifting Space, Shifting Place

Steve Roden
Big City Forum @ Armory Center for the Arts
Shifting Space, Shifting Place
Anna Neimark/ Steve Roden/ Flora Wiegmann
145 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103
Wednesday, October 2nd
7 – 9 pm

Big City Forum presents the final panel at the Armory Center in 2013. This will be a true, cross disciplinary conversation about the concept and poetics of Space. We anticipate a rich dialog with members of the BCF creative community presenting an individual body of work, a reading, a screening, or a movement that has helped shape their ideas and vision about Space, either at a personal/psychological level or related to ideas around social change, engagement and public space. The event will feature an architect, artist/musician, and dancer/choreographer.

ANNA NEIMARK: Anna Neimark is co-founder of First Office, a design studio that focuses on form through a critical engagement with the conventions of architectural drawing. Recent publications include an article, “The Infrastructural Monument, Soviet Works under Construction and in Representation” in Future Anterior, as well as a series of essays co-authored with Andrew Atwood: “Zoopol, A Monument to the Animal Kingdom” in Project, “How to Domesticate a Mountain” forthcoming in Perspecta, and “Abstraction Returns” in Think-Space. Anna is full-time faculty at SCI-Arc. She received a BA in Architecture from Princeton and an M.Arch from the GSD.

STEVE RODEN: Steve Roden received his BFA from Otis/Parsons in Los Angeles, CA and his MFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA; the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA; the Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA; the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas; the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA; the Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art and Science, Fresno, California; the Henry Art Museum, Seattle, WA; the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA, and Le Bon Acceuil, Rennes, France.

Roden has been included in group exhibitions at the Menil Collection, Houston, TX; Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; Mercosur Biennial Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Brazil; Centre George Pompidou Paris, France; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; UCLA Hammer Museum Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; the Sculpture Center, New York, NY; the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; Run Run Shaw New Media Center, Hong Kong, China, and the Kitchen, New York, NY.

FLORA WIEGMANN: Flora Wiegmann is a Los Angeles-based dancer and choreographer. Usurping the tactics of visual artists, she attempts to broaden the platform for dance by making works on film, site-specific dances, endurance pieces, and by collaborating with artists such as Fritz Haeg, Drew Heitzler, Silke Otto-Knapp, Alix Lambert, Margo Victor, and Andrea Zittel. Creating both live and filmed performance works, her recent projects have been presented nationally and internationally. Her work has been shown at ICA, Philadelphia; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; LACMA, Los Angeles; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; The Kitchen, New York; Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica; Art2102, Los Angeles; Art Basel; and Cneai, Chatou.
WILL WRIGHT: AIA Los Angeles. Will is the Director of Government and Public Affairs for the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|LA) and a 2011 AIA|LA Presidential Honoree. As the chief design advocate for Los Angeles, he has more than a decade of experience lobbying for a healthier and more beautiful city. At AIA|LA he is responsible for a variety of roles including connecting architects and designers with civic leaders to help shape public policy. In 2013, Will became a founding board member of the non-profit From Lot To Spot, which helps underserved communities transform vacant lots into parks. Will is also serves on the boards of the BOMA-LA PAC and the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) as a Vice Chair of the Land Use & Development Committee. Past leadership includes serving as a member of the statewide Climate Plan Strategic Planning Steering Committee. As a graduate from the Art Center College of Design, Will won an AIGA 365 award as the Editor of the literary arts publication, FishWrap
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