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SCI-Arc EXHIBITION




04.01.11 - 06.26.11 | SCI-Arc Gallery
Barbara Bestor Architecture: Silent Disco

*Exhibition dates extended through June 26.

In the News:
NY Times Magazine: Seeing Things | Disco Silencio!
LA Times |Culture Monster: Barbara Bestor’s Disco Extends its Run
Dwell: Silent Disco at SCI-Arc
LA Weekly: Don't Panic at the Disco
Interior Design: Silent Disco at SCI-Arc
Curbed LA: Chill Out/Party Down at Barbara Bestor's Silent Disco at SCI-Arc
CA Home + Design: Barbara Bestor's Disco Dance Floor Installed at SCI-Arc


Friday, April 1, 7-9pm
Opening Reception in the SCI-Arc Gallery, with special event Disco Silencio

Friday, April 8, 7pm
Exhibition Discussion with architect Barbara Bestor and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss

Friday, April 22, 7-9pm
Special event, Disco Callado, in the SCI-Arc Gallery, hosted in conjunction with the SCI-Arc Spring Show and Undergraduate Thesis


Architecture students are the "imagined" client for this temporary disco installation. Providing respite from the institutional production of architecture with a lightly hedonistic program, Silent Disco aims to support social and communal experiences. The architectural project here is not limited to the execution of a design and its special effects, but a framework to encourage visual, physical and social pleasure. The design of the structure is an overscaled, unfolded demi-dodecahedron model that contains a strong graphic interface.


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¡Disco Silencio!
Disco Architecture encourages visual excess and explores the space between social promiscuity and solipsistic trance. Silent Disco employs technologies of superficial deception inspired by Razzle Dazzle camouflage. This WW1 military technique used bold graphic and anamorphic surfaces to mislead enemy bombers about the size, speed and direction of a warship. Within our constructed space, this deflective graphic strategy is conjoined with the reflective effect of embedded mirror ball fragments whose strategy is to distort the visual space by refracting light - a hybrid military and disco architectures of surface.

¡Disco Refugio!
This disco is a refuge, providing respite from the institutional production of architecture with a program that stimulates communal exchange. When unfolded, the shape of this over-scale three-dimensional form reveals a dance floor that invites the social and engages the physical - a polyhedron of hedonism. The plywood panels appear to advance and recede within the space, obscuring the parameters of the disco and offering up multiple spatial possibilities based on the visual perception of form. Silent Disco is a stealthy architecture, imbued with disinformation of literal form.

¡Disco Callado!
In real time, Silent Disco has a day and nightlife of its own. By day, the reflective surfaces capture and refract rays, populating the space with a silent volume of light, both tranquil and kinetic. By night, the disco has many programs - including a downloadable soundtrack and dance parties with DJs, lasers, projections and fog. Like any other club, the Silent Disco's geometry naturally offers back rooms and dark corridors, an alternative refuge to the visual din of the dance floor.

The installation's title, 'Silent Disco,' refers to both the less populated hours of the gallery–when the environment might be experienced by a student or two seeking relief from their computer screens–and to the space itself, when it is unplugged but still dancing.

About Barbara Bestor Architecture:
Barbara Bestor, principal of Barbara Bestor Architecture, is known for a wide range of commercial and residential projects recognized for their warm, modern materials and colorful airy interiors. Bestor's architecture practice has included award-winning commercial spaces such as Intelligentsia Coffee in Silverlake and experimental houses in Venice, Silverlake, Santa Barbara and New York City. She graduated with a master's in architecture from SCI-Arc in 1992, and also holds a degree in visual and environmental studies from Harvard. She is a former professor at both of those institutions as well as UCLA.

Bestor's work has been exhibited in LA Project Space, the CCA Wattis Institute and the Whitney Biennial in Central Park, and it has been published in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Dwell, Elle, Brutus and Domino. She is currently the chair of the new Graduate School of Architecture at Woodbury University. Bestor is also the author of "Bohemian Modern, Living in Silverlake" (Harper Collins, 2006), dedicated to the informal and eccentric modernism found in Silverlake's architectural history.

www.bestorarchitecture.com