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Jordan Geiger: Very Large Organizations

May 1, 2013 by Fabrik Editor in Art with 0 Comments

Jordan Geiger: Very Large Organizations
WUHO Gallery

Jordan Geiger tracks a contemporary phenomenon: the convergence of multiple infrastructures and global networks in the built environment. He ascribes the term Very Large Organizations (VLOs) to this confluence of technological, legal, economic, material, and cultural forces. It is through this identification that Geiger makes visible the impact of large-scale systems such as global communications and supranational legal and financial constructs on the construction and inhabitation of space. By identifying these systems, Geiger also finds an embedded field of inquiry rich with opportunities for architectural engagement and action.Travel Tea Sets

Jordan Geiger: Very Large Organizations

VLOs operate on multiple scales from the nano to the human to the extraplanetary. VLOs take the shape of handheld devices, satellite networks, and the built landscapes we inhabit in between. Their planning and infrastructure demand logistics, capital, and computational might with increasing adaptability todeal with unprecedented orders of population magnitude and new technical, cultural, social and ecological challenges. In Southern California these VLOs may manifest as RFID-supported border controls, biometrics within immigration and refugee tracking, and radiation controls for public safety within telcom industry. Indeed, Los Angeles has long been a site of VLO activity due to its long history of aerospace, film, and telecommunicationsindustries.

Jordan Geiger: Very Large Organizations

This exhibition collects an overview of several VLOs and displays them on individual flags, creating a “hall of VLOs”. Each VLO is researched and explained diagrammatically; and each explored as a potential new field of design. Underlying this design research is not the desire to be expert in any one techno-legal-architectural cluster, but rather to identify each such cluster as an area for architects to engage.

Jordan Geiger: Very Large Organizations

Jordan Geiger is an architect and educator whose work crosses architecture and interaction design. Considering the implications of human computer interaction for social and environmental issues, Geiger lectures, exhibits, and publishes internationally on theoretical research and on his projects—these range in scale and type from installation and gallery design to agricultural land use proposals urban design. He is an Assistant Professor in Architecture, and a faculty researcher at the Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies (CAST), at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).

Jordan Geiger: Very Large Organizations

Ga-Ga, Geiger’s previous California-based practice, was published and exhibited internationally. Prior to that, Geiger worked in the architectural offices of Michael Sorkin Studio and Dominique Perrault.

In addition to his current post in Buffalo, Geiger has taught architecture, urban design, and advanced interdisciplinary studios and seminars at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, at UC Berkeley, and at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco (credit dean). He holds a Master of Architecture from ColumbiaUniversity and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.

Jordan Geiger: Very Large Organizations

WUHO is Woodbury University’s center for experimental exhibitions and multi-disciplinary collaborations. The gallery is shared with the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. Located on the iconic Hollywood Walk-of-Fame, WUHO is a gallery, event space, and lecture venue.

Text by Javier Arbona
Images by Paul Redmond and Jordan Geiger

WUHO Gallery
6518 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028

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