Do discussions of design and architecture tickle your fancy? Do you spend your waking hours staring at a computer screen, browsing art and urbanism blogs while trying to avoid the roving, nasty stares of the boss? It's time to break out of our pop-cult comfort zone and do something a intellectual. It's time for LA's second annual Art Weekend.
POSTOPOLIS! Los Angeles (with its awkward punctuation and everything) is here, running from March 31st to April 4th, all evening long at The Standard Hotel in Downtown LA. Organized by the Storefront for Art and Architecture and sponsored by ForYourArt, POSTOPOLIS! is a free series of discussions, panels, powerpoint presentations, parties, and film screenings, all built around the subjects of art, urbanism, landscape, and design.
The event is curated by six top bloggers, David Basulto of Architecture Daily/Plataforma Arquitectura, Geoff Manaugh from BLDGBLOG, Dan Hill of City of Sound, Bryan Finoki of Subtopia, Jace Clayton from Mudd Up!, and Regine Debatty of we-make-money-not-art.
Speakers will include artist/writer Fritz Haeg, Christopher Hawthorne, the Architecture Critic at the Los Angeles Times, Michael Downing, Deputy Chief of Counter Terrorism at the LAPD, architect Benjamin Bratton, Zach Frechette, Editor-in-Chief of GOOD, Sam Grawe, Editor-in-Chief of Dwell, Matthew Coolidge, Director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, and David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young, those quirky crazies behind fallen fruit.
And oh man, don't get between Fritz and Zach when they start talking built environments... feathers will fly!
Find a full schedule of the talks here.
The crowd will likely be students, artsy folk from around the city, professionals in related fields, and other design nerds (beret, cigarette holder, and book of poems - check!), but the venue is The Standard's swank rooftop bar and pool where normally you'd get nasty stares for using words longer than three syllables. Still, it's a grand location to talk design and then watch the sun set over Downtown LA, no?
At 9 pm, the talks will move downstairs into a conference room, opening up the rooftop for its, ahem, standard crowd. And, on Friday and Saturday night, get there before 7 pm or the rooftop charges a $20 cover (or just wait until the talks move downstairs at 9 pm and go in for free).
Regardless of arrival time, it should be a lively event, full of thoughtful discussion about the future of cities and landscapes. You know, if that gets you out of bed in the morning...