It is often the perception of the masses, or at least the mass media, that the outcasts, peripherals and dangerous most fucked up elements of society are living in the urban wasteland, the downtown bars and alleys, perpetuating crime, noise, and bad taste.  Therefore, the normal, well-adjusted Americans reside in the quiet suburbs, a place of restrained moderation.  Of course, on premise alone, this is ridiculous, the dangerous elements of society, as well as the happy well-adjusted (doesn’t exist) elements come with all faces, and live in all places.  Every time a meth lab is busted or a wife-beater carted off, we are reminded that suburbia is a mask.

In Los Angeles in particular, there is no urban condition, there is only suburban.  All elements live in suburbia, a sprawling, overlapping mish-mash of dominate and subordinate cultures.  If we are to approach housing in a way that directly speaks outside of what has been heretofore accepted as “normal,” we must create a new way of generating these houses that takes the so-called non-culture culture of L.A. directly into account.  Bungalow be damned.

Loteria is a game played commonly in Los Angeleno Mexican homes.  Similar to BINGO, as cards are drawn, they are announced to players who hope to mark off the corresponding squares on their gridded sheet of images to become the winner.  However, this game lends itself to being reappropriated to the French tradition of tarot, in which each image when drawn holds significance to the person in question, and, in addition, shift their significance according to the adjacent cards drawn.

By creating my own set of Loteria cards depicting aspects of Los Angeleno (sub)cultures in the categories of architectonic, character and objects, and an outside category of visual apparati for architecture, I draw and then interpret the chosen combination.  We’ll see what wants to be.

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