Kazys Varnelis
Since 2002
Works in Los Angeles, California United States of America

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BIO
Kazys Varnelis [http://www.varnelis.net] teaches the History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and in the Public Art Studies program at the University of Southern California [http://www.sciarc.edu]. He has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Art Center College of Design. Kazys's teaching and research focuses on contemporary architecture, late modernism, architecture and capitalism, and the impact of recent changes in telecommunications and demographics on the contemporary city.

He is a founding principal of the architectural/new media collective AUDC [http://www.audc.org]. Begun as a research unit within SCI-Arc by Kazys and designer Robert Sumrell [http://www.robertsumrell.com], AUDC is a nonprofit collective dedicated to using the tools of the architect, the designer, and the historian to research the individual and the community in the contemporary urban environment. AUDC blurs traditional divisions between media by working simultaneously in print, web, video, photography, drawings, models, dioramas, and installations while addressing the particularities of each medium. Likewise, AUDC breaks down the boundaries between theory and practice by uniting both scholarship and creative work.

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Enter Vilnius


Of course its great to see Mekas's center in Vilnius, but Vilnius is hardly a void waiting for Manhattanization. On the contrary, the Contemporary Art Centre (http://www.cac.lt/) has just celebrated its fifteenth anniversary. Every time I visit, I'm struck by how strong the work there is, a contrast to say, New York and L. A., where the scenes seem so played-out sometimes. So Vilnius has been doing more than just embodying the spirit of its avant-garde fathers, its been moving forward for quite a while now. Hopefully the new attention to the city as the cultural capital of Europe will build on what the city already offers, not impose predigested images of what it should be onto it.

DISCUSSION

Enter Vilnius


Of course its great to see Mekas's center in Vilnius, but Vilnius is hardly a void waiting for Manhattanization. On the contrary, the Contemporary Art Centre (http://www.cac.lt/) has just celebrated its fifteenth anniversary. Every time I visit, I'm struck by how strong the work there is, a contrast to say, New York and L. A., where the scenes seem so played-out sometimes. So Vilnius has been doing more than just embodying the spirit of its avant-garde fathers, its been moving forward for quite a while now. Hopefully the new attention to the city as the cultural capital of Europe will build on what the city already offers, not impose predigested images of what it should be onto it.

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AUDC new project / ether


2004 marks conceptual architecture's return to Los Angeles. A Superstudio show is now on display at Art Center and Ant Farm will be coming to the Santa Monica Museum of Art this June. AUDC [http://www.audc.org] extends these investigations for the conteporary era with Ether [http://www.audc.org/ether], the conclusion of the project AUDC initiated with the 2003 exhibit "the Most Expensive Space in North America" [http://www.audc.org/expensive].

Ether [http://www.audc.org/ether] analyzes the role of the individual, objects, and telecommunicational society from the Cold War to the present day. It synthesizes two separate documents that will be published this spring, "Ether: Architecture of Self-Negation" in 306090 [http://www.306090.org] and "Immaterial Culture" in Textfield Magazine [http://www.textfield.org].

AUDC was formed by Robert Sumrell [Woodbury University] and Kazys Varnelis [SCI-Arc] in 2001 as a nonprofit collective that works between, and beyond, both architectural design, historical research, and information design. AUDC's goal is to speculatively investigate the contemporary city using the tools of the architect, the historian, and the designer. AUDC blurs traditional divisions between media by working simultaneously in print, web, video, photography, drawings, models, dioramas, and installations while addressing the particularities of each medium. Likewise, AUDC breaks down the boundaries between theory and practice by uniting both scholarship and creative work.

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audc: most expensive space in north america


AUDC [Architecture Urbanism Design Collaborative] presents"The Most Expensive Space in North America," a hybrid web/gallery exhibit on telecommunications hub One Wilshire, done in collaboration with videographer Steve Rowell. The gallery exhibit was part of the Form + Function show at the Guggenheim Gallery in Chapman College, Orange, California from 10 February to 22 March. The web exhibit is @

http://www.audc.org/expensive

Founded by Robert Sumrell, architecture faculty, Woodbury University and
Kazys Varnelis, Ph.D., history-theory faculty, Southern California Institute
of Architecture [SCI-Arc], AUDC uses the tools of
architecture to research the role of the individual and the community in the
contemporary urban environment. AUDC constructs worlds, not objects.

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