Georgina Huljich + P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S
Georgina Huljich + P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S Architectural Set Design for Joan Didion's "The White Album" at UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (CAP)
If you were lucky enough to catch Lars Jan's production of Joan Didion's "The White Album" this past weekend at UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (CAP), you might have noticed the unique set design from faculty member Georgina Huljich and her firm P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S.
Initially presented as part of the BAM Next Wave Festival in November 2018, the play came to CAP for a two night run staged at the Freud Playhouse. The long-awaited production based on Didion's seminal essay unfolded against the background of their architectural set design described by the New York Times as:
"...a kind of glass house — the kind whose inhabitants shouldn’t throw stones. Over the course of the 90-minute work, this structure, designed by the P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S architectural firm, will represent several locales, including the Los Angeles home Ms. Didion lived in during the period covered by her essay. But it also represents the essay’s central theme: The attempt to corral chaotic experience within the architecture of storytelling."
While the essay focuses on the late ‘60s in California the piece resonates with the 50th anniversaries of many epoch-defining events and characters from the period — student protests, Black Panthers, Manson — and considers the forms their legacies take in our lives today.
Georgina is Director of PATTERNS, together with Marcelo Spina. PATTERNS has gained international recognition as one of the most intriguing and progressive firms working in architecture today, with completed projects in the U.S., South America and Asia. Their work has been exhibited worldwide, most notably at the Venice Biennale in Italy, The Chicago Biennial, the Art Institute of Chicago, The San Francisco MOMA, The Vienna MAK Museum, where it is also part of the permanent collections.
Read the reviews here:
New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/29/theater/the-white-album-review-joan-didion-bam.html.
Los Angeles Times: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/theater/reviews/la-et-cm-white-album-review-20190407-story.html