opening: July 16th, 2011 | 15:30 – 17:00
duration: June 16th – July 20th, 2011
Curated by Sylvia Lavin, Professor and Director of Critical Studies and M.A./PhD programs at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. Lavin is Director of Hi-C, a program in which UCLA doctoral and design students collaborate on exhibitions, symposia and publications that establish a forum for wide discussion of experimental work in architecture.
Ultra Expo will explore aspects of the Osaka Exposition of 1970, the first world exposition to be held in Japan. One of the best attended expos in history, it did not so much expose Japanese culture to the rest of the world as stage a veritable implosion of East and West, high art and popular culture as well as new technology and traditional ways of life. Added to this heady mix was a spirit of research and development supported by international corporations, the leisure time an aesthetic sensibilities of a developing youth culture, moon rocks, time capsules and rock and roll bands. As did the 1970 event, Ultra Expo will seek to go beyond conventional exhibition formats to create an unorthodox way of displaying historic material emphasizing its contemporary currency rather than nostalgic exactitude. Of particular emphasis in the exhibition installation will be the use of film, video, and photography to produce anew the no longer extant atmospheres of this once exemplary architecture of the future.