September 5, 2014

Designer Azadeh Shladovsky Releases Short Film UNSCENE

Furniture designer Azadeh Shladovsky has made a name for herself thanks to the structural furnishings she designs from her Los Angeles studio. Recently, she has added a new title to her resume: filmmaker. On October 15, she will debut a short film called UNSCENE at her new studio space, which she created alongside filmmaker Sayer Danforth. The film is part of a site-specific installation that will include original, interactive works by Shladovsky that employ mixed media. The purpose of the show is to expand on the dialogue of perception and question why we see things the way that we do.

UNSCENE chronicles a road trip Shladovsky, Danforth, and a team of producers took exploring the American Southwest via Winnebago, “experiments with preconceived visual associations, and plays with unexpected optical input,” Shladovsky says.

“It was amazing and was the most creative and inspiring four days of my life,” she says. “It’s really interesting to me to have that kind of conversation and be able to explore through the medium of film and not just wood.”  

Fifty percent of the sales proceeds of Shladovsky’s original works will be donated to Blind Childrens Center, an L.A.-based school serving kids with visual impairments. Shladovsky has been working with the organization for more than six years.

“So much of what UNSCENE does is question vision,” she says. “[The children at Blind Childrens Center] see a lot more than we do—they see what’s real—and they don’t allow vision to be the only aspect that defines their worlds.”

UNSCENE will debut on October 15 at an evening reception held at Shladovsky’s studio, which is located at 3645 10th Ave. in Los Angeles. It will be on view through November 15.

Recent DesignWire