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Collision(s) 01: Building Improvisation

This inaugural Collision stages the encounter between the deliberate, sometimes mired in bureaucracy, with the improvised and spontaneous. This will serve as an entry point for a conversation contrasting material constraints with so-called free form exploration in distinct creative endeavors.

Featuring talks and performances from:

- Tim Durfee 
- Jimenez Lai
- Casey Anderson:
- Patrick Shiroishi

Tim Durfee heads Tim Durfee Studio, an interdisciplinary architecture practice in Los Angeles. His work has won numerous awards and distinctions from the AIA, Architizer, Print Magazine, AIGA, and others, and has been published and exhibited widely. In 2015, Tim was selected by an international jury as one of the “50 Under 50: Innovators of the 21st Century” for a book to be released in August of this year.
Current solo and collaborative projects include: a 2-story freestanding public artwork for the LAPD; a private residence in Los Angeles; the design of a traveling exhibition on the Associated American Artists; and a film, exhibition, and installation entitled Now,There for the upcoming Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale.
Tim is Professor in the Media Design Practices MFA program at Art Center College of Design, where he conducts linked projects, research, and teaching through amp. He has an M.Arch from Yale University.
In a talk entitled: “Ferrari, Reverse, Mountain Road”, Tim will share some recent ideas, process, and work.

Jimenez Lai is an Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and Leader of Bureau Spectacular. He graduated with a Master of Architecture from University of Toronto. Previously, Jimenez Lai has lived and worked in a desert shelter at Taliesin and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam. Before founding Bureau Spectacular, Lai worked for various international offices, including OMA. In the past years, Lai has built numerous installations as well as being widely exhibited and published around the world, including the MoMA-collected White Elephant. His first manifesto, Citizens of No Place, was published by Princeton Architectural Press with a grant from the Graham Foundation. Draft II of this book has been archived at the New Museum as a part of the show Younger Than Jesus. In 2012, Jimenez Lai has been named a winner to the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects. Lai won the Debut Award at the Lisbon Triennale in 2013. Lai was the curator and designer for the 2014 Taiwan Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architectural Biennale.

Casey Anderson is an artist working with sound in a number of media, including composition, improvisation, electronic music, saxophone, text, and installations. He has performed with Jason Kahn, Ulrich Krieger, MKM, Fomoudou Don Moye, Michael Pisaro, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Trayle, and the Dog Star Orchestra. Performances, exhibitions, and residencies include MOCA – Los Angeles (CA), ISSUE Project Room (NY), STEIM (NL), Atlantic Center for the Arts (FL), and Mass MOCA (MA). He co-founded, and co-edits (with John P. Hastings and Scott Cazan), the Experimental Music Yearbook, co-owns khalija records with Wyatt Keusch, and is a core member of Southland Ensemble. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California, teaches in the Media Design Practices department at Art Center College of Design, and works with Machine Project.

Patrick Shiroishi
Born in 1987, Patrick Shiroishi is a Los Angeles based saxophone player. Current bands include the progressive instrumental quintet Upsilon Acurx; zehul band Corima; long standing duo In The Womb with Dylan Fujioka; duo Oort Smog with drummer Mark Kimbrell; improvisation duo Nakata with Paco Casanova; rock group Hoboglyphs; free jazz unit Sewing Circle; as well as performing in a solo setting.

dj disco cvnt will play twee pop/indie pop/lo-fi pop all nite.


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