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December 2012

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Elevator Repair Service: 'Gatz' @ REDCAT

Elevator Repair Service's 'Gatz.' Photo: Paula Court.
November 28, 2012 - December 9, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 2:00pm
Friday, November 30, 2012 - 2:00pm
Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 2:00pm
Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 1:00pm
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 2:00pm
Friday, December 7, 2012 - 2:00pm
Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 2:00pm
Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 1:00pm

REDCAT: Hailed by critics around the world as a major theatrical event of historic proportions, Gatz is a bravura feat celebrated for its singular and dazzling literary alchemy. Gatz is not a retelling of the The Great Gatsby, but a revelatory, seven-hour enactment of experiencing the novel, as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American masterpiece is delivered word for word, brought to life with absolutely startling dramatic effect by a cast of 13.  Read more

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Untitled [with Bertha Aguilar, Diego Robles and others]

November 29, 2012 - December 2, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 7:00pm - Monday, December 3, 2012 - 12:00am

CalArts, A404 - Black & White Studio

FILM/VIDEO: Video installation of two to six different artists with installations overlapping and raising new perceptions of a single piece of installation.

Last edited by dthatt on Oct 11, 2012

Everything Under the Sun: A Recital by Mike Gilleran and Annie Lemieux

December 1, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 2:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: Trumpet and tuba mid-residency recital featuring solo electric bass, solo trumpet, rock band, solo tuba and laptop.

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John Eagle: MFA Mid-Residency Recital

December 1, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 5:00pm

CalArts, The Wild Beast

MUSIC: Recital of various chamber/solo pieces, featuring music by John Eagle, Gavin Bryars and O. Messiaen.

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Lunatic Sun

December 1, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

CalArts, Coffeehouse Theater

MUSIC | THEATER: Set in an alternate future, Vegas arrives in LA in search of the legendary artist's shelter, Shelter Skelter, and must make the journey and choice between commerce and art. A rock musical in one act, Lunatic Sun is the collaboration between Paul Matthis (MFA2 Composer/Performer) and Michael Yichao (MFA3 Actor).

To reserve seating email lunaticsunla@gmail.com.

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Jordan Wolfson: Raspberry Poser @ REDCAT

December 1, 2012 - January 27, 2013
Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 6:00pm - Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 6:00pm

Opening Reception
Saturday, December 1 | 6–9pm

Gallery Hours
Tuesday-Sunday | 12pm–6pm or Intermission

REDCAT: The third in a trilogy of recent animated works, Raspberry Poser is New York-based artist Jordan Wolfson’s most ambitious synthesis of digital video, computer-generated imagery (CGI) and hand-drawn animation.  Read more

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Fiza Ayesha: MFA Graduation Recital

December 1, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 7:00pm

CalArts, Gamelan Room

MUSIC: Concert featuring North Indian classical music.

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Daughters of Sappho

December 1, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 8:00pm

CalArts, Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater

MUSIC | DANCE: An interdisciplinary performance exploring unconventional representations of female identity.

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Eliot Eidelman: BFA Performer-Composer Graduation Recital

December 1, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 8:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: Recital featuring compositions and performances by Eliot Eidelman, Evan Backer and REALIZATION ORCHESTRA.

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Singer/Songwriter Concert

December 2, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 8:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: Concert of various musical acts from the Singer/Songwriter recording project.

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Art School Gallery Exhibitions

December 3, 2012 - December 7, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012 - 8:30am - Friday, December 7, 2012 - 5:00pm

D300 Gallery: Means to an End- Class Exhibition

D301 Gallery: Benjamin Fish BFA ART

L-SHAPE Gallery: CLOSED

MAIN Gallery Perimeter: PHOTOGRAPHY/MEDIA FOUNDATION EXHIBITION

A402 Gallery: Dennis Wornick BFA ART

LIME Gallery: Sadie Drucker BFA ART

MINT Gallery: CLOSED

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The Herb Alpert School of Music Visiting Artist: Kneebody

December 3, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: The Jazz program presents visiting artist Kneebody, as part of the Jazz Forum class.

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Graphic Design Visiting Designer Lecture Series: Kali Nikitas

December 3, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

F200

ART: Kali Nikitas (born 1964) received an MFA from CalArts in graphic design a BFA in graphic design from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She and her husband, Rich Shelton, are the partners of Graphic Design for Love (+$). Clients have included: The School of Architecture at Northeastern, The Walker Art CenterSouthern California Institute of Architecture, The Weisman Museum, and SOO Visual Art Center.

Kali Nikitas is Chair of the Communication Arts department at Otis College of Art and Design. She previously served as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Northeastern University in Boston, chaired the Design Department at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and was on faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kali has curated two international design exhibitions: "And She Told 2Friends: An International Exhibition of Graphic Design by Women" and "Soul Design." Her work has been published in EmigreEyeI.D. and the AIGA Journal. She has received awards from the ACD, AIGA and the Type Directors Club.

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North Indian Ensemble Concert

December 3, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012 - 8:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: Students of the North Indian Ensemble will perform an evening of music composed by Aashish Khan with musical instruments from all across the world.

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Film/Video, Structuring Strategies: Gunvor Nelson, Swedish film and video pioneer

December 4, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 7:00pm

CalArts, Bijou Theater

FILM/VIDEO: Structuring Strategies presents Swedish film and video pioneer Gunvor Nelson.

“Silencing Sounds/Sounding Silences: Many diverse modalities of signature and translation—and a crucial "resonance"—flow through Nelson's work, for in all her films and videos emotion and mood predominate, fueling, prompting and soliciting our reflections, ruminations and interactions. These are shaped through an unmooring of language and a probing of "signature" in the more musical sense, via a stress on aural textures, rhythms and voicing. Equally, her surrealist play with words, generic expectations and film conventions mirrors these stresses, as does her focus on silence. “ - Signature, Translation and Resonance in Gunvor Nelson's Films. Chris Holmlund

“Gunvor Nelson’s poetically expansive life's work-created in both San Francisco, her home and workplace for over thirty years, and her native Sweden, where she has resettled-has consistently, often courageously, privileged her subjective gaze and individual experience. Nelson relentlessly refuses predictability (and succeeds) in her search for a true relation between project and form. Among the most experimental of artists, Nelson illuminates such elusive and intimate subjects as childhood, aging, displacement, memory, women's roles, death, and the symbolic forces of nature and water via a potent exploration of the possibilities of sound and moving image. Her ephemeral, dreamlike images are simultaneously tactile and almost tangible, while her imaginative use of language and traces of music add considerably to the emotional impact of her works. Filmic collage and dynamic editing create tension and contrast. The unique characteristics of Nelson's works form less a definable style than a sustained aesthetic.” – Jytte Jensen, Curator, MOMA

Program

SCHMEERGUNTZ
with Dorothy Wiley, 1966, 15 mins, B&W, 16mm

"SCHMEERGUNTZ is one long raucous belch in the face of the American Home. A society which hides its animal functions beneath a shiny public surface deserves to have such films as SCHMEERGUNTZ shown everywhere - in every PTA, every Rotary Club, every club in the land. For it is brash enough, brazen enough and funny enough to purge the soul of every harried American married woman." - Ernest Callenbach, Film Quarterly

Awards: First Prize, Ann Arbor Film Festival; Prize, Kent University Film Festival; Prize, Chicago Art Institute Film Festival.

TAKE OFF
1972, 10 mins, B&W, 16mm
Starring Ellion Ness

A dance, a documentary, a metaphysical strip tease.

"Ellion Ness, a thoroughly professional stripper, goes through her paces, bares her body, and then, astonishingly and literally, transcends it. While the film makes a forceful political statement on the image of woman and the true meaning of stripping, the intergalactic transcendence of its ending locates it firmly within the mainstream of joyous humanism and stubborn optimism." - B. Ruby Rich, Chicago Art Institute

Awards: First Prize, Berkeley Film Festival; Prize, Ann Arbor Film Festival; Humboldt State Film Festival.

FIELD STUDY #2
1988, 8 mins, COLOR, SOUND, 16mm

“Superimpositions of dark pourings are perceived through the film. Suddenly a bright color runs across the picture and delicate drawings flutter past. Grunts from animals are heard.” – Canyon Cinema

LIGHT YEARS
1987, 28 mins, COLOR, SOUND, 16mm

LIGHT YEARS is a collage film and a journey through the Swedish landscape, traversing stellar distances in units of 5878 trillion miles. It is a film acutely in the present reflecting our temporal existence ... continuous and imperfect.

"The film is so filled with visual ideas that Gunvor Nelson has extended the film's themes and techniques in her subsequent effort LIGHT YEARS EXPANDING. All her recent films suggest that while the distance of time makes home further, the intensity of memory makes it richer." - Parabola

TREE-LINE
1998, 8 min, 4:3, Color, Stereo, No language. Original shot on: DV.

NEW EVIDENCE
2006, 38 min, 4:3, Color, Stereo, No language. Original shot on: DV.

Lynne Sachs’s note on films by Gunvor Nelson

About the Artist

GUNVOR NELSON was born in 1931 in Stockholm and grew up in Kristinehamn, Sweden.

She studied at University College of Art, Craft and Design (1950-51) and at Beckmans College of Design (1952-53), both in Stockholm. Moved to the USA in 1953 and studied at Humboldt State College (1954-57), San Francisco Arts Institute (1957) and Mills College in Oakland (1957-58). She graduated with an MFA in painting. At the Institute she met Robert Nelson whom she married in 1958.  Film debut with Schmeerguntz in 1966, co-made with Dorothy Wiley.

Teaching positions at San Francisco State University 1969-70 and San Francisco Art Institute 1970-1992. Moved back to Sweden in 1993. Numerous major awards and grants, most recently the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s Grand Award (2006). Her films have been screened at the major art museums and cinematheques in Europe and North-America and had the recognition of several retrospectives: among them MOMA in New York, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Arsenal in Berlin, and at Oberhausen, Germany.  In 2008 Nelson was awarded an artists lifetime income guarantee by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

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ChucK Concert

December 4, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 8:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: A concert showcasing student work from Introduction to Programming for Digital Artists.

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Percussion Ensemble Concert

December 5, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 8:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: Percussion Ensemble concert with works by Edgar Varese, Lou Harrison, Michael Colgrass, Ben Phelps, John Bergamo and Ben Goldman.

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Cage(d)

December 5, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 8:00pm

CalArts, The Wild Beast

MUSIC: Violin and keyboard works by John Cage, performed by Yu-Ting Wu and Ryan Bancroft. There will be a Fender Rhodes.

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Noon Concert: Creative Electronic Music

December 6, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 12:00pm

CalArts, Main Gallery

MUSIC: Concert by the Creative Electronic Music Ensemble, directed by Wadada Leo Smith and Mark Trayle.

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BodyTalk - An Integrated Media Collaborative Conversation

December 6, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

CalArts, Langley Hall

INSTITUTE: A series of workshop discussions based around issues of the body, facilitated by Daniel Charon, MFA2 in Dance and Integrated Media.

Why does the body exist and what is its role? How are the body and the mind connected? What is the relationship of the body to space and the environment? What is the relationship of the body to technology? These and other questions will be addressed as topics of conversation. Sessions will include a guest presenter who will introduce a theme for the day followed by a moderated conversation.

The aim of these workshop discussions is to create inter-disciplinary conversation around a fundamental element of living, the body. These discussions will serve to inform and inspire a new project that will be realized next semester.

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International Student Showcase

December 6, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

CalArts, The Wild Beast

INSTITUTE: The international students at CalArts are having a show! Please join us in the Wild Beast on Thursday, December 6 from 5-7pm and witness some of CalArts' best international talent. Our program will include performed content, followed by a screening of films.  A reception will follow in Tatum Lounge immediately after the show, where 2D and 3D artwork will be on display. Tickets are free but space is limited. To reserve a seat please email jiangzhu@alum.calarts.edu.

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Paul Brach Lecture Series: Claire Fontaine

December 6, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

F200

ART: Claire Fontaine is a Paris-based collective artist, founded in 2004. After lifting her name from a popular brand of school notebooks, Claire Fontaine declared herself a "readymade artist" and began to elaborate a version of neo-conceptual art that often looks like other people's work. Working in neon, video, sculpture, painting and text, her practice can be described as an ongoing interrogation of the political impotence and the crisis of singularity that seem to define contemporary art today.

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Woman from the Past

December 6, 2012 - December 11, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 8:00pm
Friday, December 7, 2012 - 8:00pm
Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 2:00pm
Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 8:00pm
Monday, December 10, 2012 - 8:00pm
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 8:00pm

CalArts, Ensemble Theater II (E407)

THEATER: The CalArts School of Theater presents Woman from the Past.

As Frank and Claudia prepare to move, Frank's teenage sweetheart returns to redeem his promise of lasting love. Playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig's Woman from the Past is a cinematic narrative flashing through time as seemingly simple lives are irrevocably altered. Directed by Allison M Keating.

Seating is limited - please scroll down to purchase tickets.

Cast

Michael Bates as Frank
Christine Harms as Claudia
Hayden Ezzy as Andi
Katie Rediger as Romy Vogtlander
Precious Ra'Akbar as Tina

Production Team

Desiree Masucci: Costume Designer
Angelica Torres: Scenic Designer
Lauren Tietz: Lighting Designer
Erik Lehman: Sound Designer
Masha Tatarintseva: Video Designer
Jessica Evans: Stage Manager
Jennifer Wilson: Production Manager
Nathan Lemoine: Technical Director
Christopher Moskwa: Asst. Production Manager
Kate Eipl: Asst. Stage Manager
April Story: Scenic Artist

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 8:00pm

Friday, December 7, 2012 - 8:00pm

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 2:00pm

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 8:00pm

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 8:00pm

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 8:00pm

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Winter Dance Concert

December 6, 2012 - December 8, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 8:00pm
Friday, December 7, 2012 - 8:00pm
Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 8:00pm

CalArts, Walt Disney Modular Theater

DANCE: CalArts The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance and REDCAT present the Winter Dance Concert, an evening of dance featuring work by faculty members Laurence Blake and Andre Tyson and a restaging of Twyla Tharp’s 1971 renowned work Torelli.  

Torelli, a work created by world-renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp in 1971, follows the course of a morning, starting with “down-to-earth” movement danced in silence and isolation that later develops a “rustic humor” as the movement is manipulated and set against the elegance of Guiseppi Torelli’s “Concerto in D Minor.”

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 8:00pm

Friday, December 7, 2012 - 8:00pm

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 8:00pm

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Michael Asher Memorial

December 7, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012 - 1:00pm

CalArts, Main Gallery

INSTITUTE | COMMUNITY:  Please join us in sharing memories and support as we come together for a memorial event for longtime School of Art faculty member and artist Michael Asher. A number of presentations by invited speakers will be followed by an open session for those who would like to share their thoughts. Refreshments will be served in the late afternoon.

For those who are unable to travel to Los Angeles we will live stream the event. Pre-recorded reminiscences and remarks will be presented.

So that we may plan seating, please let us know if you plan to attend. RSVP to: ashermemorial@calarts.edu.

Please do not send flowers. Instead please give to a charity of your choice, or make a contribution to the newly established Michael Asher Memorial Scholarship to support future students at CalArts. Write Michael Asher Scholarship in Comments Box.

More information and view live stream

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'In Decision'

December 7, 2012 - December 10, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012 - 7:00pm
Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 1:00pm
Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 7:00pm
Monday, December 10, 2012 - 7:00pm

CalArts, Coffeehouse Theater

THEATER: A movement piece exploring democratic behavior and the current American political climate, In Decision is an original performance devised and directed by theater and dance artist, Michael Sakamoto in collaboration with performers.

In Decision combines text, butoh inspired movement, and media, as the cast examines such issues as climate crisis, media-driven politics, social intolerance, racial privilege, gender roles, and others. Reflecting on what is required for a critical citizenry through the performers own stories, In Decision takes the audience on a theatrical journey through a cross-section of a generation inheriting a legacy of national hubris, massive debt, and global warming.

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Friday, December 7, 2012 - 7:00pm

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 1:00pm

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 7:00pm

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 7:00pm

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CalArts New Millennium Brass

December 7, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012 - 8:00pm

CalArts, The Wild Beast

MUSIC: Concert featuring music of Stravinsky, Tomasi, Hovhaness, Padilla and Holst.

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Work from the Forum for Musical Arts

December 7, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012 - 8:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: Songs and works from students of the Musical Arts Program.

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OK Composer

December 8, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 2:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: Composers' Concert series featuring works composed and performed by students.

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Short & Sweet

December 8, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 5:00pm

CalArts, The Wild Beast

MUSIC: Mid-residency recital for vocal performance major Jacquelyn Owens featuring music by Copland, Fauré, Debussy, Purcell and more.

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Guitars@CalArts

December 8, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 8:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: Acoustic and electric guitars playing traditional and original pieces and improvisations from classical to blues to jazz to rock and beyond.

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The Kafka Café Orchestra Presents the Anatomy of Failure

December 9, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 2:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: Composition recital featuring the premiere of new works by the Kafka Café Orchestra.

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The Dragon's Tail: Spirals, fractals and folds

December 9, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

CalArts, The Wild Beast

MUSIC: The Dragon's Tail: Spirals, fractals and folds, features music, movement and images from and inspired by Japan, including works by Toru Takemitsu and original compositions, improvisations and choreography by Rachel Rudich and friends.

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Two Pianos with Drums in the Middle, Two Drums with Piano in the Middle (Art Lande, special guest)

December 9, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 8:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: Concert featuring special guest artist Art Lande, with Cathlene Pineda (piano) and Tina Raymond (drums).

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Art School Gallery Exhibitions

December 10, 2012 - December 14, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012 - 8:30am - Friday, December 14, 2012 - 5:00pm

D300 Gallery: Luminous Worlds- Class Exhibition

D301 Gallery: Passion Practices- Post Foundation Art Class Exhibition

L-SHAPE Gallery: CLOSED

MAIN Gallery Perimeter: Gavin McCoy BFA ART

A402 Gallery: Fuzzy Pictures- Class Exhibition

LIME Gallery: It's a Family Affair- Class Exhibition

MINT Gallery: It's a Family Affair- Class Exhibition

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Improvised Music Theater Showcase

December 10, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012 - 8:00pm

CalArts, The Wild Beast

MUSIC | THEATER: Solo and group improvised music theater showcases incorporating various forms of performance art and music.

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Grids Beats & Groups

December 10, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012 - 8:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: Mid-year concert for Grids Beats & Groups class. Three pieces featuring networked computers and projection with live computer music.

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Murderous Little World @ REDCAT

Murderous Little World
December 10, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012 - 8:30pm

REDCAT: Transposing the intellectual power and emotional energy of MacArthur genius Anne Carson’s poetry to the stage, Bouchard’s electronic score incorporates live voice, trumpet, trombone, accordion and piano—parts robustly performed by Bellows and Brass under the direction of Keith Turnbull.  Read more

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Jazz @ Noon featuring Stefan Kac's Quintet

December 11, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 12:00pm

CalArts, Tatum Lounge

MUSIC: Jazz performance

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Film/Video, Structuring Strategies: Experimental Animator and CalArts Faculty Member Maureen Selwood

December 11, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 7:00pm

CalArts, Bijou Theater

FILM/VIDEO: Structuring Strategies presents A Modern Convenience (2012) and other work by experimental animator and CalArts faculty member Maureen Selwood.

Animators like Maureen Selwood are constantly exploring the relationship between traditional concepts and techniques, and the 'modernity' of the form. This 'philosophic' approach can then be extended to teaching and alternative forms of exhibition, as well as validating the purpose of the art. - Paul Wells

Selwood's works seem to enrich the field of animation with shades and colors worthy of the end of the millennium's new wave of mass media: the taste for meticulous observation of female childhood and adolescence, conceived as a period of perceiving others, sweetly disquieting...as well as an elated and apparently naive use of pop culture's visual mythology. - Mario Sesti

“It is so rare to see a really thoughtful, complex multi-screen environment ... made me feel good all day! Selwood got the perfect balance between the very real photographic space and the flat, vivid colors of the animation...and the score as well.  
But I think the best part was the interesting unpredictability of the way the imagery of the three screens relate to one another.”
-Pat O’Neill

Program

•    A MODERN CONVENIENCE 5 min. 39 sec. 2012
Images are embedded in a complete wash cycle performed in an obsolete wringer washing machine; having been moved inside the private, domestic sphere, laundry is now another factor of social  alienation.

•    FLYING CIRCUS: AN IMAGINED MEMOIR min. 1995
I loosely adapted Parade, an opera by Picasso, Cocteau and Satie. I then instilled a childhood memory to play with the circus and its constantly shifting moods. (MS)

•    HAIL MARY 4 min. 1998
A woman’s voice obsessively uses numbers every time she tells us something, using a set of rosary beads. This allows her to keep her memories alive and to give meaning to the traces left by her life.

•    DRAWING LESSONS 6 min. 2006
Sleepless nights become a catalyst for undertaking the exercise “Upside Down Drawing” from Betty Edwards’s book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. The female protagonist entertains a relationship with the voice on the audiotape included in the book…

•    AS YOU DESIRE ME 2009 9 min. 2009
I lived in Rome for a year and became inspired by the emotional qualities of the city that surrounded me. The Iraq War was declared and the city responded to this in powerful ways. After returning to Los Angeles, I created a three-channel event using surrealistic characters in real settings as a way to address sorrow and catastrophe. One of the components is based on a poem by Charles Simic, Empire of Dreams. (MS)

•    RULES OF THE UNIVERSE 9 min. 2009

•    HOW MUCH BETTER IF PLYMOUTH ROCK HAD LANDED ON THE PILGRIMS 11 min. 43 sec. 2012

•    MISTAKEN IDENTITY 28 min. 2001
Mistaken Identity revisits the forgotten characters and deserted landscapes of Robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly (1955). Broken steps, shot under the ocean pier and the expressways, are re-photographed and then drawn over to produce a commentary on the artifice of  cinema and memory.

BLUR+SHARPEN: MAUREEN SELWOOD’S POETRY
by Holly Willis, June 29, 2009

"By moving eastward in the city of Los Angeles I became aware of the forgotten characters and the deserted landscapes from film noir," explains Maureen Selwood, an artist and CalArts faculty member whose multi-screen projection titled As You Desire Me is on view as part of the C.O.L.A. 2009 Exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery. Selwood goes on to explain that she adopted a kind of "system" for looking at LA by reimagining particular noir characters superimposed over the city's environs. This in turn fed her C.O.L.A. project, which was initiated in Italy a couple of years ago while the artist was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome. Rather than working with noir characters, however, Selwood instead grappled with notions of dislocation, grief and loss, and created what she calls "time-based poems." The resulting project is indeed akin to poetry, in its piercing sadness that is at once palpable and ephemeral. How do these animated poems function?
 
Entering the gallery, you find three suspended scrims featuring projections of live action footage with animations layered over them. Each is titled. In I Am Measuring You, a weary dog roams through desolate streets, while in A Shoe Falls, abject grief and mourning cause women to weep where rivers flow through forlorn branches. In Empire of Dreams, on the third screen, Selwood references Charles Simic's poem of the same title, which includes the lines, "It's always evening/In an occupied country..." A fourth animation, very different in tone and style and titled Rules of the Universe, plays on a monitor in a separate room. While Selwood has described the fourth part as a depiction of Rome's resilience, the power of the project resides in the first room, as you stand at the nexus point of three images of loss, and a representation of time as that haunting gap between the cold and barren landscape, and the people who traverse it. We're present in the world only briefly, the piece shows us, searching, like the tired hound at dusk. While Selwood's themes may sound grim, the project achieves the iridescent voltage of great poetry, where words strung together produce a jolt. The show's up for two more weeks: don't miss the experience of As You Desire Me!
C.O.L.A. 2009 Exhibition

About the Artist

MAUREEN SELWOOD utilizes hand-drawn animation and live-action footage for films, installations, and performances. The role played by external devices in our lives and their totemic value often triggers Selwood’s process. Her work is inspired by a reflection on the nature of animation and drawing. In her most recent film, A Modern Convenience (2012), a machine becomes a substitute for intimacy against the backdrop of Niagara Falls and is designed to be accompanied by live performance. As You Desire Me (2009), the single-channel version of an installation inspired by her residence at the American Academy in Rome at the beginning of the Iraq War, confronts sorrow and catastrophe. How Much Better If Plymouth Rock Had Landed On The Pilgrims (2012), a hallucinogenic trip of the pilgrims’ trip across the Atlantic, is a mash up of animation techniques. In Hail Mary (1998) a centuries old prayer morphs into a humorous black and white memoir. The expressively rendered Drawing Lessons (2006) sublimates a meditation on drawing and nature. In Mistaken Identity (2001), Selwood creates an alluring deconstruction of the 1955 noir classic Kiss Me Deadly.

Flying Circus: An Imagined Memoir (1995), Pearls (1988), This Is Just To Say (1987), The Rug (1985) and Odalisque (1980) have won many international prizes and have been screened at Annecy International Animation Festival, New York Film Festival, Ottawa Animation Festival, Stuttgart FF, Anima Mundi, Hong Kong FF, USA FF, Ann Arbor, Black Maria, Northwest Film Center, Venice Biennale, ANIMAC (Spain) and many others in the US and abroad and on television. Her drawings have been exhibited at The Drawing Center (NYC), Track 16 Gallery (Los Angeles), Arteko (Spain) and others.  

Selwood has participated in international workshops working with artists and students and curating films, PACT Essen, Germany; Arteleku, Spain; Cilect, Mexico City: Korean National University of Arts, Korea; Jakarta Institute for the Arts, Indonesia; Matita Animation Festival, Italy and others.

Selwood has been a recipient of grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation (Los Angeles), C.O.L.A Individual Artists Fellowship (LA), the John Solomon Guggenheim Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, The American Film Institute and a visiting artist residency at the MacDowell Colony and ARTELUKU (Spain). She was the first animation artist to be awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. She makes her home in Los Angeles.

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Holiday Baroque Chamber Music Concert

December 11, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 8:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: A festive holiday performance featuring works by J.S. Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann.

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[TBA] Music Improv

December 11, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 8:30pm

CalArts, Coffeehouse Theater

THEATER: An evening of improvised songs and music, culminating in a one-act improvised musical.

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Long Form Concert Four

December 11, 2012 - December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 10:00pm - Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 12:30am

CalArts
Tatum Lounge (10 pm - 11 pm)
Main Gallery (11:30 pm - 12:30 am)

MUSIC: The fourth in a series of concerts featuring two extended "works" by two different composers. Music by Marcus Rubio and Lucie Vítková.

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CalArts Improvisation Ensembles

December 12, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 8:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: Concert featuring beginning and advanced improv ensembles.

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Hansel and Gretel's Disco Christmas Spectacular

December 12, 2012 - December 13, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 9:00pm - Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 1:00am

CalArts, Coffeehouse Theater

THEATER: The MFA Acting class presents Hansel and Gretel's Disco Christmas Spectacular. An evening of performance featuring a series of Christmas and holiday vignettes and interactive events that re-imagine the telling of Hansel and Gretel.

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Tel-é-Tea: An Interactive Installation, as part of OSS Exhibition

December 13, 2012 - December 14, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 9:00am - Friday, December 14, 2012 - 11:00pm

CalArts, Tatum Lounge

INTEGRATED MEDIA: This interactive piece is half of a two-way installation.  Guests will be invited to "sit to tea" with the image of the person projected on an RP screen.

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Open Source Studio: telematics • performance • tea • installation

December 13, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 11:00am - 10:00pm

Reception: 6 pm - 8 pm
CalArts, C108

CENTER FOR INTEGRATED MEDIA: Kay Adams, Daniel Charon, Dylan Fergus, Conor Fields, Bram Glik, Colin Honigman, Andrew Jordan, Jessica Li, Abraham Osuna, Diego Robles, Peiyi Wong.

CalArts graduate students of Open Source Studio present an exhibition of installation and performance works that instigate new ways of thinking about and challenging our 24/7, socially-mediated immersion in communications and mobile interactions.

Open Source Studio, an online course led by visiting artist Randall Packer, is a project of the CalArts Center for Integrated Media.

Exhibition site: http://oss.calarts.edu/exhibition
Open Source Studio: http://oss.calarts.edu

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MFA Writing Program Visiting Artist Series: Miranda Mellis

December 13, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 7:30pm

CalArts, Butler Building 4

CRITICAL STUDIES: Miranda Mellis was born and raised in San Francisco, and earned a BA from Naropa University and an MFA from Brown University. She is the author of The Spokes (Solid Objects, 2012), None of This Is Real (Sidebrow Press, 2011) and Materialisms (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs). Her first novel, The Revisionist, has been translated into Italian by Leonardo Luccone (Nutrimenti, 2008) and Croatian by Zoran Rosko (Quorum, 2009). The Revisionist was a finalist for The Believer 2007 Book Award.

Mellis has received The John Hawkes Prize in Fiction, The Michael Harper Praxis Prize, and an NEH Independent Research Grant. Her writing has appeared in various journals & magazines including Conjunctions, Harper's, McSweeney's, The Believer, Cabinet and Fence. Her writing also appears in several anthologies including Conversations at The War Time Cafe and California Video: Artists and Histories.  Currently she is working on a story with images in collaboration with artist Megan Vossler called The Quarry, due out from Trafficker in 2013. She is a coeditor at The Encyclopedia Project and teaches at The Evergreen State College. In response to the question, “What is experimental writing,” Mellis said, Writing – even taking inventories which is how writing started – involves oscillations: losing and finding, locating and dislocating, delay and arrival, sleeping and waking, tracking and losing track. Experimental writers think of language as a medium and therefore do not ignore the fact that language, even univocal and transactional language (maybe even especially so) is imbricated with political life and systems: not neutral, after all, its what laws, mortgages, curses, roles, and rites of institution are made of.

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'Paradise'

December 13, 2012 - December 16, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 8:00pm
Friday, December 14, 2012 - 8:00pm
Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 3:00pm
Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 8:00pm
Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 3:00pm
Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 8:00pm

CalArts, Steven Spielberg Sound Stage BB3

Under the instruction of James Franco
Faculty Advisor Deborah LaVine

FILM/VIDEO: Paradise is a compilation of one-act plays inspired by Tennesee Williams. With a cast of 20 actors and 10 directors, this production highlights the Great American playwright through interpretations of his writings in a contemporary workshop. Presented by the CalArts School of Film/Video, students have been working under the tutelage of actor/director James Franco and faculty member Deborah LaVine to explore the meanings of performance behind the mediums of both film and theater. Expect a little bit of everything.

Reserve tickets:

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 8:00pm

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 8:00pm

Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 3:00pm

Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 8:00pm

Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 3:00pm

Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 8:00pm

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CalArts Winter Dance @ REDCAT

December 14, 2012 - December 15, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012 - 8:30pm
Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 8:30pm

REDCAT: CalArts The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance and REDCAT present the Winter Dance Concert, an evening of dance featuring work by faculty members Laurence Blake and Andre Tyson and a restaging of Twyla Tharp’s 1971 renowned work Torelli.  

Torelli, a work created by world-renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp in 1971, follows the course of a morning, starting with “down-to-earth” movement danced in silence and isolation that later develops a “rustic humor” as the movement is manipulated and set against the elegance of Guiseppi Torelli’s “Concerto in D Minor.”  Read more

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