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On View: February 16 - March 31, 2023

Opening: February 16, 2023 6-9

Role Play is an exhibition about identity in the digital age. After a global transition of our sense of self into the digital realm and the rush towards an emerging Artificial Intelligence , we are asked to redefine our existence in real and virtual environments. The exhibition will question who we are today, what cultural factors influenced our sense of self, and the possibility of being reimagined because of these digital alternatives.

The show is a collecton of A.I. artworks by Elena Manferdini and William Virgil.

Elena Manferdini, principal and owner of Atelier Manferdini, has produced a body of work that spans art, architecture, and industrial design. Elena Manferdini loves art, creativity, and inventions. She deeply believes in the positive power of education and creative collaborations. In 2019 Manferdini was honored with the ICON Award as part of the LA Design Festival, which is a prize that recognizes iconic women who have made an indelible mark on Los Angeles, culture, and society in general through their work, character, and creative leadership. Elena currently teaches at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and is the Graduate Programs Chair.

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William Virgil is an artist, educator, Army veteran, cofounder of Brash Collective and Design Studio, Visual Studies faculty, and Making+Meaning Coordinator at SCI-Arc. His research operates by a deranged consumption of visual culture. His detail-oriented work prioritizes high craftsmanship while obsessing with creating high-level details in computational modeling. Virgil's interest lies in multidisciplinary formal design explorations between ordinary objects and eccentric modeling techniques. As digital refinement allows him to reference architecture history and notions of class and value while generating work that acts as a portal for reflection on new forms.

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