lecture:Benjamin Ball & Gaston Nogues
- Monday, March 04, 2018
Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall 101
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Benjamin Ball explores an intersection between architecture, public art and industrial design. In 2004 he began collaborating with Gaston Nogues as Ball-Nogues Studio. Essential to each of their projects is the "design" of the production process, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement. The Studio has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum; PS1; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Venice Biennale; the Hong Kong | Shenzhen Biennale; and the Beijing Biennale. Ball grew up in Colorado and Iowa where his mother's involvement in theatre proved influential. While studying for his degree, Ball worked for Frank Gehry and upon graduation, he sought work as a set and production designer for films (including the Matrix series). As an architect, his experience ranges from work on the Disney Concert Hall and small residential commissions to complex medical structures and event design. In his current collaboration with Gaston Nogues, Ball explores new materials, develops custom digital tools, and applies architectural techniques in unorthodox ways. Gaston Nogues studied architecture at SCI-Arc from 1989-1993. He founded Ball-Nogues Studio with fellow Sci-Arc alumnus Benjamin Ball in 2004, where he currently explores an intersection of public art, architecture and fabrication. The Studio produces a diverse body of work with the aim of making environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement. Nogues was born and raised in Buenos Aires before moving to Los Angeles at age 12. Frequently accompanying his father to his job as an aerospace engineer, Nogues acquired a fascination with the hands-on process of building. An honors graduate in architecture from SCI-Arc, he moved directly from school into a position at Gehry Partners where he worked in product design and production and became a specialist in creative fabrication. He remained there until 2005 except for a one-year stint in 1996 as an assistant curator at a fine arts publishing house, Gemini GEL. In his current collaboration with Benjamin Ball, Nogues is focused on fabricating what they visualize; on process as it relates to the built object. In his spare time, Nogues is learning to fly paragliders.