2015: NOW, THERE: SCENES FROM THE POST-GEOGRAPHIC CITY, Tim Durfee, Ben Hooker, Mimi Zeiger

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Faculty Research

This summer we are building a city. Not a whole city, exactly – more like a neighborhood. Rather than assuming the usual brief for this city, we are devising a new brief – one that reflects how we actually live now, or may likely live a few years from now. This brief will incorporate elements usually not considered part of a “city”: software augmentation, autonomous objects of all scales, even new social systems. Why? Because those are the city: we believe to delimit the “city” as only buildings, streets, and infrastructure is no longer (and, perhaps, was never) remotely accurate.

Scenes from the Post-geographic City unpacks the “reality” of digital culture as a space, an urbanity of its own through vignettes that respond to the upcoming Now, There exhibition curatorial direction. The exhibition will feature seven curated video works and written materials that comprise a visual essay on the evolving meaning of place, as the limits of our cities become increasingly redefined by media.

Project Leads: Ben Hooker, Tim Durfee, Mimi Zeiger
Alumni Research Associates: Ian Besler, Jenny Rodenhouse
Student Research Assistants: Josh Bookman, Giselle Guo, Xing Lv, Ana Monroe, Amanda Stojanov, Xing Lv

Ben Hooker – Ben Hooker is a designer and artist who works with interactive media in and about urban contexts. His projects, whether conceptual or applied, define new experiences and aesthetic situations which arise from the intermingling of the phenomenal and intangible worlds of physical materiality and electronic data. As daily life contains ever more windows into electronic spaces, and virtual realities increasingly occupy our minds, he investigates how site-specific media technologies can be employed to exploit the play between many realms to enable new kinds of technology-dependent lifestyles. He is Associate Professor and Core Faculty in the Media Design Practices graduate program at Art Center College of Design where he co-directs the new Post-Geographic City research group

Tim Durfee – Tim Durfee heads an interdisciplinary architecture office based in downtown Los Angeles that creates buildings, spaces, objects, media, and ideas that pursue unique relevance to how we live today. In addition to Tim Durfee Studio, he is also active in project-based design research through his studio amp, based out of the Media Design Practices MFA program at Art Center College of Design. With amp, Tim conducts multifaceted projects—including exhibitions, installations, films, events, and publications—that examine a variety of contemporary issues and technologies.

Mimi Zeiger – Mimi Zeiger is a Los Angeles-based critic, editor, and curator. Her work is situated at the intersection architecture and media cultures. She has covered art, architecture, urbanism, and design for a number of publications including The New York Times, Domus, Architectural Review, and Architect, where she is a contributing editor. She is a regular opinion columnist for Dezeen and former West Coast Editor of The Architects Newspaper. Zeiger is the 2015 recipient of the Bradford Williams Medal for excellence in writing about landscape architecture.