BALL, Benjamin

Fast Cheap & In Control

Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Tuesday 22 November 2011
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 87 mins

Benjamin Ball will discuss the work of Ball Nogues Studio, an integrated design and fabrication practice operating in the territory between architecture, art and industrial design. Essential to each of their projects is the 'design' of the production process itself. They devise proprietary systems of construction, create new fabrication devices, develop custom digital tools, and invent materials with the aim of expanding the potential of the physically constructed world. They share an enthusiasm for the fabrication process as it relates to the built world both physically and poetically by letting the properties, limitations, and economic scenarios associated with a process guide a structure’s ultimate form while developing methods to extend the intertwined boundaries of aesthetics, physical performance and lifecycle.

Speculation and execution are inexorably linked in the work; each project demands tight control over design and production. As young practitioners, this requires a do-it-yourself ethos. Consequently, the practice has 'designed' the work in order to be able to exploit opportunities to build that are outside the constraints of the conventional architectural milieu. Although the projects are experimental with respect to production, they are far more than prototypes; each directly addresses human occupation by enhancing and celebrating social interaction through sensation, spectacle and physical engagement.

Ball-Nogues has exhibited at major institutions throughout the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles;  the Guggenheim Museum; PS1; arc en rêve centre d'architecture + Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux; the Venice Biennale, the Hong Kong | Shenzhen Biennale; and the Beijing Biennale. They have received numerous honours including three AIA Design Awards, United States Artists Target Fellowships and a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. In 2007 the Studio was the winner of the Museum of Modern Arts PS1 Young Architects Program Competition. Their work is in the permanent collection of MoMA. In 2011 they were one of the Architectural League of New York's Emerging Voices. The partners have taught in the graduate architecture programmes at universities in the USA. Their work has appeared in a variety of publications worldwide.

BENJAMIN BALL grew up in Colorado and Iowa where his mother’s involvement in theatre proved influential. While studying for his degree at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Ball logged stints at Gehry Partners and Shirdel Zago Kipnis. Upon graduation, he sought work as a set and production designer for films (including the Matrix series) as well as music videos and commercials with directors including Mark Romanek and Tony Scott. His experience ranges from work on the Disney Concert Hall and small residential commissions for boutique firms to complex medical structures and event design.



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