Yara Feghali & Viviane El-Kmati, Designers
Be.longing looks at 20 different residential neighborhoods in L.A. to tease out the particularities of their domestic front porches. The focus is on the story of Amal, a woman who is on a journey driving through L.A.’s neighborhoods in search of her own queer community. Stereotypical symbols of queer culture and their manifestation on the houses’ front porch.
The projected, immersive experience allows visitors to maintain social distancing guidelines by remaining in their cars and watching from inside. The “drive-by” portrays a filmic diary of sorts, viewed through the visitors’ own car windows as if they were themselves driving through the reconstructed queer neighborhoods.
FollyFeastLab is an experimental design studio based in Los Angeles, co-founded by Yara Feghali and Viviane El-Kmati. FollyFeastLab creates visually-led immersive and interactive experiences to address present social and urban themes.
Yara is a Lebanese architect, and a lecturer at University of California, Los Angeles Architecture and Urban Design UCLA AUD teaching design studio at the graduate level. She also taught at the Städelchule Architecture Class (SAC) in Germany. Her research work interrogates the territories of architectural education core curriculum, and speculates on the role of emerging technologies in designing our cities using new media.
Viviane is a Lebanese narrative designer and creative technologist who works at the intersection of design, technology and speculative fiction. Her work imagines and prototypes the future of urban spaces using new media and storytelling techniques. Viviane’s broader research interest focuses on the role of artificial intelligence in designing future cities and its cultural significance.