Host: Natural Histories for Los Angeles explores the
multivalent meaning of “host” though spectacle, parasitic opportunism, and domestic landscapes. The Neutra VDL Research House serves as the site of these investigations and the house, embedded with spatial effects – mirrors, screens, and pools of water – heightens and confuses the relationship between the domestic interior and the exterior.
Host features a penthouse exhibition by Medellin-based architect and landscape architect Luis Callejas that exploits environmental connections between his practice and the Neutra VDL Research House. Big City Forum will host a talk between Callejas and Wonne Ickx of Mexico City's Productora.
Host includes LA Forum's Out There Doing It series. Select emerging architects, designers, and writers present work and reflect on Southern California's cultural landscape. The OTDI series concludes with a potluck curated by Jia Gu of Supper Studio. The 2014 OTDI participants represent expanded architecture and design practice. Their work ventures, sometimes organically and sometimes parasitically, into extra-disciplinary territories and includes film, gaming, publishing, and narrative.