Silent Disco at Sci-Arc
When talking about her new "Silent Disco" exhibition at Sci-Arc, Los Angeles—and more specifically Silver Lake—based architect Barbara Bestor has a lot to say. The exhibition draws inspiration from the situational aesthetics movement, the work of Giacometti, and the geometry of a dodecahedron. All those elements converge to "explore the space between social promiscuity and solipsistic trance." Weighty words aside, it's really about a three letter word that's often missing from architectural exhibitions: FUN. "We got the gig a year ago and tried to bring a unique approach to installations," says Bestor. "It's less 'objects in a space' and more spatial." And spatial it is. The exhibition is about creating an immersive environment that's just as much about what you see and hear as how you move through and perceive a space. Part WWII Razzle Dazzle camouflage and part 1970s disco, the exhibition is brings about the "superficial aspects of hedonism," says Bestor.
WWII and disco seem to have the relationship of an overbearing parent and rebellious youth, which makes for an unlikely pairing. "Both aren't really contemporary words and they imply a host of institutional properties," says Bestor. She and the team of students she collaborated with used the graphics associated with Razzle Dazzle and Disco to create a shocking and glaring interior that aims to induce a "retinal burn."