Exhibition

  • The Pixilated i
    Hernan Diaz Alonso
    Curator
    SCI-Arc Galleries
    Jan 31, 2020 to Feb 28, 2020
  • GRANTEE
    Southern California Institute of Architecture
    GRANT YEAR
    2018

Xefirotarch, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Ivan Bernal (lead lesigner), William Virgil, Polina Alexeeva, Homayoun Zaryouni, Ben Cheng, JunjieGuo, Cunhao Li, Huijin Zheng, Ana Derby, Rususupuisto Competition, 2015, Los Angeles. Courtesy of the artists.

The Pixilated i invites innovative architects working today to unravel a contemporary problem: how the blurring of boundaries between the virtual and the real in the new digital paradigm is shifting the way we think, produce, and speculate. It is crucial to confront such complexities as how speculative work can modify reality. The Pixilated i aims to expand understanding of the practice and discipline of architecture through new work that investigates the consequences and conundrums of the pixilated image as a vehicle for the production of form. With muting imagery presented on hand-held devices within a gallery context that itself mutates throughout the course of the show, The Pixilated i exists as a radical alternative to the traditional architectural exhibition of the modern era, and as such, opens new possibilities of conversation.

Hernan Diaz Alonso assumed the role of SCI-Arc Director/CEO in 2015. He has served as a distinguished faculty member since 2001, coordinator of the graduate thesis program (2007–10), and graduate programs chair (2010–15). Diaz Alonso is principal of Xefirotarch. His awards include: Educator of the Year award (2012) from the American Institute of Architects, AR+D Award for Emerging Architecture (2013) and Progressive Architecture Award (2013). Diaz Alonso’s work is in the permanent collections of the FRAC Centre, Orleans, France; SFMOMA; The Museum of Modern Art; Thyssen-Bornemisza, MAK Museum, Vienna; and the Art Institute of Chicago. He has exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale, London Architecture Biennale, ArchiLab in Orleans, France; Museum of Modern Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Art Institute of Chicago; and MAK Centre, Vienna. He has taught at Yale University, Columbia University, and the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.

Over nearly five decades, the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) has remained unequalled in its reputation for risk and excellence. Founded in 1972, SCI-Arc is one of the nation’s few independent, nonprofit architecture schools. SCI-Arc’s mission is to reimagine the edges of architecture by educating architects to engage, speculate, and innovate the world around them. Our 500 students and 80 faculty members—most of whom are practicing architects—work together to test the limits of architecture and design. Located in the historic Santa Fe Freight Depot in downtown LA’s dynamic Arts District, the SCI-Arc campus is home to a 12,000 square foot RAD Center (robotics, analog, and digital), one of the largest and most advanced fabrication facilities in the US.