DEVYN WEISER & PETER TESTA
16-22. November 2018
DEVYN WEISER & PETER TESTA
19- 22 NOVEMBER 2018
The Representational Objects workshop is structured as an anti-reductionist thought experiment exploring new modalities and working methods by which architecture makes architecture and the city. Situated within contemporary discourse on appropriation and representation, this short course seeks advance a new generic orientation and epistemology specific to architecture. Indifferent to difference, this new generic does not rely on analysis, breaking the object down into discrete units and deducing operations of the whole from a series of genetic, or generative elements, and processes. Rather than going from the real or the world to architecture via abstraction (modernism) and diagramming (post-structuralism), a non-standard epistemology is proposed that appropriates architecture as an integrated or ‘non-manipulable object’ and uses the specific arrangement of things as a bridge towards the real.
Devyn Weiser is founding partner of the architecture and design practice Testa & Weiser, and Design Faculty and Visual Studies Coordinator at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. She is widely recognized as an international design leader, working at the intersection of the digital and physical, art and architecture. Weiser's work is exhibited at leading museums and galleries worldwide including recent installations in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, and Beijing. The firm’s work was featured as one of twenty groundbreaking architectural projects of the early 21st century in the group show ‘Archeology of the Digital’ at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA). Devyn Weiser holds a B.F.A. and B.Arch from the Rhode Island School of Design; and a MS.AAD from Columbia University, GSAPP.
Peter Testa is Principal at Testa & Weiser, and Senior Design Faculty at SCI-Arc. At Testa & Weiser he leads a wide range of projects for some of the world’s most innovative companies and institutions. His firm’s work is part of the permanent collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) and exhibited worldwide including recent installations in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, and Tokyo. His writings on design and theory are widely published in international art, architecture, and design journals. Previously Peter Testa was Associate Professor of Architecture at MIT, and Columbia University GSAPP. He has taught design studios at several schools including Harvard University GSD and University of Pennsylvania; and appointed to the Esherick Professorship at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture, and Master of Science in Architecture (History/Theory/Criticism) from MIT. He is recipient of numerous awards including the MIT Innovation Award, New York Metropolitan Arts Society Architecture Award, and the Design Arts Award of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2016 Testa & Weiser’s work was featured as one of twenty canonical projects in ‘Archeology of the Digital’ at the CCA and Yale. His critically acclaimed collection of essays and projects, “Robot House,” was published by Thames & Hudson in Summer 2017.