Garage, Dir. Olivia Erlanger and Luis Ortega Govela, 2019
Adapted from artist Olivia Erlanger and architect Luis Ortega Govela's 2018 book Garage (MIT Press), this documentary explores the history of the garage, from its invention by Frank Lloyd Wright to its transformation into an incubator for subcultures and tech entrepreneurship.
Filmed on location in Merced, California, the film considers the evolution of this architectural turned cultural construct, exploring how the garage has come to serve as guest room, game room, home gym, wine cellar, and secret bondage lair. This provocative deconstruction employs the garage as a lens through which to view the advent of suburbia, the myth of the perfect family, and the degradation of the American dream.
Olivia Erlanger choreographs ultramodern environments through installations, videos, and writing that show how advanced technologies engender subjectivity. Erlanger has held exhibitions with Mother Culture, Los Angeles; Human Resources, Los Angeles; AND NOW, Dallas; Mathew, New York; What Pipeline, Detroit; Balice Hertling, New York; and Seventeen Gallery, London. Additionally she has participated in group exhibitions with LY Gallery, Los Angeles; Rupert, Vilnius, Lithuania; 501(c)3 Foundation, Los Angeles; Brown University, Providence; CANADA, New York; Room East, New York; Ludlow 38 New York; Pilar Corrias, London; LAXART, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Alongside curating exhibitions as a founding director of Grand Century, New York, she received the inaugural BMW Open Work Frieze Prize in 2017. Erlanger was a visiting artist and lecturer at School of Visual Arts, Brown University, Sci Arc, and the Architectural Association. Erlanger recently published Garage with MIT press, a history of the deprogrammed garage space.
Luis Ortega Govela is a Mexican architect, filmmaker and writer based in Los Angeles. He is an Architectural Association graduate and a founder of the arts collective åyr whose most recent work has been shown at the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, The British Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, 9th Berlin Biennale and the Stedelijk Museum. He is the author of Hate Suburbia and Garage with MIT Press, with bylines in Harvard Design Magazine, Volume, Pin-Up, Kaleidoscope and Real Review. He has been a visiting lecturer and critic at the AA in London, Royal College of Art, TU Delft and Sci-Arc in LA. He is a recipient of the Schindler/MAK Center Residency, Los Angeles (2017). He is currently working on his first residential project.