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September 2014

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Welcome Students Concert

September 4, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall

MUSIC: CalArts School of Music faculty perform an introductory concert welcoming new and returning students.

Last edited by rsdavid on Aug 21, 2014

CAP 2014 Youth Arts Exhibition

September 10, 2014 - September 27, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 9:00am - Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 5:00pm

CalArts, D300 and D301

CAP: CAP's annual Youth Arts Exhibition showcasing visual art, graphic design, photography and animated films from the following 2013-2014 CAP programs:  

  • CAP / CalArts Digital Media & Arts Program
  • CAP / Fiat Lux Saturday Photography Program
  • CAP / Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club Photography
    Program
  • CAP / Self Help Graphics Digital Media and Printmaking
    Program
  • CAP / Inner-City Arts High School Animation Program
  • CAP / Sony Pictures Media Arts Program
  • CAP / William S. Hart Park Silent Filmmaking Program
  • CAP / Ramon C. Cortines School Photography Program
  • CAP / Jack London High School ARTSCOOL Program

The CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) program is pleased to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year of transforming young lives through the arts.

Last edited by nrambeau on Sep 11, 2014

Kogi Games

September 11, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

CalArts, Clark's Field

COMMUNITY: Join us as we kick off the new academic year with food from the Kogi Truck and lawn games. Food will be available for purchase and a limited number of FREE meal vouchers will be available on first-come-first serve basis.

Last edited by rsdavid on Sep 10, 2014

Gob Squad: 'Super Night Shot' at REDCAT

September 11, 2014 - September 14, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 8:30pm
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 8:30pm
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 8:30pm
Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 8:30pm


Gob Squad: Super Night Shot. | Photo: David Baltzer.

REDCAT: "One of the most impossible, beautiful, courageous and epic theatrical experiences you can imagine." – The Guardian

The ingenious British-German ensemble playfully probes Los Angeles with two audacious projects that shrewdly mix performance and impromptu video to elevate the banality of everyday life into soaring artistic experiences. Every night is different when these adventurous artists draw inspiration from the streets of downtown L.A. and sunny Venice Beach.

The L.A. version of Gob Squad’s most acclaimed project starts with a celebration to welcome the heroic filmmakers as they return from their unpredictable twilight mission shooting four 60-minute videos on the streets of Downtown L.A. When the four filmed adventures are screened at once, we track the protagonists in their “war on anonymity”, with epic urban journeys co-starring unsuspecting local characters searching for love, heroes and… the unexpected.

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Wild Beast Concert Series: Minor Musics Japan Tour 2014

September 12, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

CalArts, The Wild Beast

MUSIC: Minor Musics Japan Tour 2014 comes to four American cities this September featuring performances by venerated artists of Japan’s musical underground: Ché-SHIZU, Maher Shalal Hash Baz and à qui avec Gabriel. Organized by Brooklyn’s ISSUE Project Room in collaboration with Wild Beast at CALARTS, Marfa Live Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, this landmark tour touches the fringes of rock and pop with a naivist bent, crossing folk, improvisation, and a gleeful embrace of the unpolished.

Friday, September 12
Wild Beast at CALARTS, Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, September 14
Marfa Live Arts, TX

Tuesday, September 16
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, MI

Friday, September 19 & Saturday, September 20
ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn, NY
Featuring Chie Mukai / Keith Connolly duo

Ché-SHIZU is an improv-folk group led by Chie Mukai (向井千恵) and a shifting cast of musicians that has included Tori Kudo (Maher Shalal Hash Baz), Masami Tada, Masami Shinoda, Yuriko Mukojima, and Ikuro Takahashi among others. Chie Mukai got her start in experimental improvised performance in 1975, when she and other students of Fluxus violinist-composer Takehisa Kosugi at the Bigakko Art School of Tokyo convened as the East Bionic Symphonia. The group featured a combination of recontextualized folk instruments and electronics in spontaneous action, a motif that continues to occur in Mukai’s musical philosophy to this day. Mukai started Ché-SHIZU in 1981, and the group released their debut LP “I Can’t Promise” in 1984 on Zero Records. Ché-SHIZU’s music embraces simplicity in their compositions, led by the melodies of Mukai’s voice and erhu. The group’s naivist leanings result in a music that is lyrical, compelling, and endearingly unpolished.

Maher Shalal Hash Baz is the artistic alter ego of Tori Kudo, a Japanese composer and musician who formerly worked with Chie Mukai and Che-SHIZU. The group’s name comes from the Old Testament Book of Isaiah, and means "Hurrying to the spoil, he has made haste to the plunder." Maher Shalal Hash Baz formed when Kudo met euphonium player Hiroo Nakazaki, revealing a shared interest in the music of Mayo Thompson and Syd Barrett. The core trio consists of Tori on guitar and vocals, his wife and longtime musical collaborator Reiko Kudo as vocalist, and Nakazaki on euphonium, though the lineup has always been fluid. After a couple of self-released cassette albums, the Japanese Org label released Maher Goes To Gothic Country (1991) and the 83-track box set Return Visit to Rock Mass (1996). The group's profile expanded outside Japan when Stephen McRobbie of The Pastels signed them to his Geographic label. They have released two albums on Geographic: the compilation From a Summer to Another Summer (An Egypt to Another Egypt) (2000) and the 41-track Blues Du Jour (2003); plus a number of EPs on various labels. Kudo resists defining his gleeful, intense, naive music, which frequently features large ensembles of untrained musicians that embrace error, structure, and structurelessness.

à qui avec Gabriel is a Japanese female accordionist and vocalist. “à qui,” derived from her name, Aki, is the player, with Gabriel: her trusty accordion. à qui takes a different approach than the some of the avant-gardists, including Keiji Haino and Makoto Kawabata, who grace her albums— she gravitates toward stark, ethereal sounds and whispering melodies rather than imposing dissonance and chaos. Her stylistic palette is eclectic, drawing in shades of jaunty European folk music, the elegant minimalism of Erik Satie, and uniquely lighthearted melancholia. à qui punctuates her solo performance with meaningful silence, emphasizing the humility of the lone performer. Her debut album, “Utsuho” was released in 2001 on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. On her most recent solo album, 2010’s Itsukushimi no Ame no naka de, (Musik Atlach) she flexibly moves between pop and avant-garde sensibilities with a focused, nostalgic energy. Her following albums on Musik Atlach have found her in collaboration with varied, complementary partners including the psychedelic rock trio Majutsu no Niwa on 第五作品集Ⅱ (Fifth Works II, 2012), and Makoto Kawabata, leader of the legendary psychedelia unit Acid Mothers Temple, on Golden Tree (2012) and Ame no Tsurugi (2013). à qui also formed the trio Pneuma Hectopascal in 2004.

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Structuring Strategies Presents Dean Leighton Pierce

September 16, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 7:00pm

CalArts, Bijou Auditorium

FILM/VIDEO: Leighton Pierce will present a selection of early 16mm films and recent digital work in the Bijou on Tuesday, September 16, at 7:00pm. Leighton will also show works-in-progress and discuss his creative concerns, as well as his working methods. Admission is free.

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Gob Squad: 'Western Society' at REDCAT

September 17, 2014 - September 20, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 8:30pm
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 8:30pm
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 8:30pm
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 8:30pm


Gob Squad: Western Society. | Photo: Garrett Davis.

REDCAT: “Theater in its purest and best form—ingeniously put together, extremely funny, entertaining, crazy, with a charming whiff of anarchy in the air.” – Kulturradio rbb

Richly adorned in bling, Gob Squad creates an unruly, high-styled romp that is also a sublimely intimate multimedia snapshot of the American family, set to irresistible live music. Partly inspired by a month of anthropological research at Venice Beach and environs, this glamorously finessed and surprisingly affecting event features stunning gold stilettos, bucket loads of Ferrero Rocher—and a live video recreation of what may be the least watched video on YouTube. Gob Squad invites audience members to play key roles in their awe-inspiring and deeply moving portrait of civilization in the 21st century, with the color and sound turned up to 11.

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Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series: William Powhida

September 18, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 6:00pm

CalArts, F200

ART: William Powhida is an artist and former critic. He received his MFA from Hunter College in 2002 and currently works and lives in NYC. His confrontational drawing practice engages in institutional critique and satirical accusation of the Art World.

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Open Studio #4

September 19, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 8:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall

MUSIC: A night of creative electronic music experiences and dance.

Last edited by rsdavid on Sep 10, 2014

Artivism (The Master Peace in Concert 2014)

September 21, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm

CalArts, Main Gallery

COMMUNITY: A global event taking place on International Peace Day among 45+ countries worldwide to celebrate peace using art.

Last edited by rsdavid on Sep 11, 2014

Angel City Jazz Festival 2014 at REDCAT

September 21, 2014 - September 26, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 8:00pm
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 8:00pm


Satoko Fuji and Natsuki Tamura. | Photo: Ryo Natsuki.

REDCAT: The 2014 festival arrives at REDCAT on September 21 with a double bill: the fiercely creative duo of pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Kappa Maki opens for DownBeat’s “Rising Star Drummer” Allison Miller and her high-octane five-piece band BOOM TIC BOOM! Headlining on September 26 is NEA Jazz Master Toshiko Akiyoshi, on piano alongside bassist Paul Gill and drummer Aaron Kimmel. The trio is preceded by the debut of a Los Angeles Jazz Society commission from pianist-composer Cathlene Pineda and L.A.’s first-ever poet laureate Eloise Klein Healy.

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'Swing' By Pichanan Niyomkarn

September 22, 2014 - September 28, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014 - 8:00am - Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 11:45pm

CalArts, WaveCave

MUSIC: An installation of kinetic sound sculpture by Pichanan Niyomkarn in the WaveCave.

Last edited by rsdavid on Sep 19, 2014

Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series: High & Low Bureau: Yael Messer and Gilad Reich

September 22, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014 - 7:00pm

CalArts, A211H

ART: High & Low Bureau is a curatorial duo composed of Yael Messer and Gilad Reich. Their curatorial practice is dedicated to the exploration of artistic strategies that reflect on, and suggest alternatives to, specific social-political conditions. Based in Amsterdam and Tel- Aviv, and working internationally, they are bringing together locally-focused, research-based curatorial approach with a wide theoretical and conceptual framework.

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The Seen and Unseen: New Films by Rebecca Baron and Adele Horne at REDCAT

September 22, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014 - 8:30pm


Rebecca Baron: Detour De Force. | Photo courtesy the artist.

REDCAT: "Visual clarity equal to her intellectual discourse..." – Variety on Horne’s Tailenders

"A mesmerizing portrait." – Mark Alice Durant on Baron’s Detour De force

L.A. independent film favorites Rebecca Baron (okay bye-bye) and Adele Horne (Tailenders), both known for intimately observed essay films, also produce visually nuanced works on the role of perception in cinema. Their latest films offer distinctive takes on how photographic records reveal what may otherwise elude the immediate senses: the hidden, the unseen. Baron’s Detour De Force (2014, 29 min., DCP) visits the world of "thoughtographer" Ted Serios, who in the mid-1960s specialized in generating Polaroid images by force of mind alone. Horne debuts In Common (2014, 19 min., 16mm), which sensuously chronicles the cycles of days and seasons in a hillside urban garden.

In person: Rebecca Baron and Adele Horne

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Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Valérie Mannaerts & Koenraad Dedobbeleer

September 23, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 7:00pm

CalArts, F200

ART:Valérie Mannaerts extends the method of collage to spatial objects. She explores the physiognomic qualities of things, questioning the relation between organic and inorganic forms, the presence and autonomy of objects as well as the histories sedimented within them. Her work explores the borderline between image and object, reminiscent of surrealist and later feminist preoccupations with material and image culture, corporeality and states of consciousness.

Since the 1990s, Koenraad Dedobbeleer’s primary subject has been the relationship between making and showing and the impossibility of isolating sculptural objects from their forms of presentation and display. He has focused on the nature of the exhibition as a ‘repeat performance’, with works either resembling each other or bringing to mind the memory of previous exhibitions.

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Structuring Strategies Presents Betzy Bromberg's 'Voluptuous Sleep, Parts One and Two'

September 23, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 7:00pm

CalArts, Bijou Auditorium

FILM/VIDEO: Betzy Bromberg will present Voluptuous Sleep (2011), a film that was five years in the making and is one of this filmmaker's major films. Voluptuous Sleep is a mesmerizing two-part 16mm meditation on the nuances of light, sound and feeling evoked through the poetic artifices of cinema. Betzy's close-up lens becomes a tool of infinite discovery that reveals as much about our bodily sensations as it does the natural world. Paired with two intricately composed soundtracks created in collaboration with Dane A. Davis, Zack Settel, Jean-Pierre Bedoyan, Pam Aronoff, James Rees and Robert Allaire, Voluptuous Sleep is an emotional tour de force that serves as a rapturous antidote to the fragmentation of modern life and a new experience of cinematic time and memory. An active filmmaker since 1976, Betzy has presented work at the Museum of Modern Art, Harvard Film Archives, Anthology Film Archives, London's National Film Theatre and the Centre Pompidou, as well as numerous international film festivals.

"As with all of Bromberg's films, there are images that, once seen, will stay with you forever, and then there are the colors—rich, luscious hues to be savored slowly... The film is also a gift to us, a reminder of cinema's organic basis in chemistry and light, and of its ability to take us deep inside. -Holly Willis, LA Weekly

Voluptuous Sleep, 2011, 95 min., 16mm

{I} Language is a Skin
sound and music by Dane A. Davis, Zack Settel, Jean-Pierre Bedoyan, Pam Aronoff, James Rees, and Bromberg

{II} And the Night Illuminated the Night
sound and music by Robert Allaire
performed by the Formalist Quartet

"Forces of desire." (BB)

Betzy Bromberg's Voluptuous Sleep is like a subterranean river reemerging into the light, extending and expanding the flux of images and sounds that had enchanted us in her previous film, a Darkness Swallowed. Again, the filmmaker introduces a caesura between two parts of unequal length. In the first (Language is a Skin), tactility becomes a metaphor for vision (or vision for tactility?); as we surrender to a rich tapestry of shapes, motions and hues—pitch black with glittering particles of white or yellow light, intense blue overtones, pale grey/green, fleeting patches of violet—their shimmering liquidity and constant reconfiguration make it impossible to fully grasp them; so we are tempted with an equally fluid desire to seek meaning in the verbal constructions that make our consciousness. The only "naming" that takes place, however, is that of the dark undertones of the sound-track, multiple layers of "musical objects" that bring the experience, beyond language, to another level of sensorial presence—and another level of abstraction.

Graced with the almost liturgical chords of a string quartet (two violins, a viola, a cello), the second part, And the Night Illuminated the Night brings echoes of François Couperin's Leçons de Ténèbres (Lessons of Darkness) or the "night of the soul" experienced by the mystics—but also Nathaniel Dorsky's reflection on the stained glasses in the medieval cathedrals, that carried "a sense that the source of illumination wasn't outside ourselves, but that we were perhaps the source of that light, that our human experience might be compared to a luminous bubble suspended in darkness." (Devotional Cinema).

Bromberg delivers a true cinematic alchemy: her meticulous work on the physicality and tactile quality of the texture of the 16mm stock, its emulsion, layers and sensitivity to light, opens up toward a glimpse of the unknown, of the ineffable. The darkness is no longer "swallowed;" it is transmuted into radiant light. (Berenice Reynaud)

Betzy Bromberg, Director of the Program in Film and Video at CalArts, has been making experimental films since 1976. Betzy had a full retrospective of her films at the 9th Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente. Voluptuous Sleep was a highlight of the 2011 The New York Film Festival, and the film was cited by Manohla Dargis in The New York Times as one of the best films of the year. Voluptuous Sleep and Betzy's previous film, a Darkness Swallowed (2005), both premiered at REDCAT, and a Darkness Swallowed was presented in the New Frontier section of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

Betzy's films have shown extensively in museums, cultural venues and festivals within the United States and abroad—such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the San Francisco Cinemateque, the Harvard Film Archives (Cambridge), Anthology Film Archives (New York City), the National Film Theater (London), The Vootrum Centrum (Belgium) and the Centre Georges Pompidou (France). Previous films have shown at the Rotterdam, London, Edinburgh, Sundance and Vancouver Film Festivals. Ms. Bromberg has also had retrospectives of her films at the Los Angeles Film Forum and the Cinema Project in Portland.

Before becoming the Director of the Program in Film and Video at California Institute of the Arts, Ms. Bromberg worked in the Hollywood special effects industry for many years as a supervisor and camerawoman for the production of optical effects in major motion pictures (The Terminator, Cat People, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Strange Days, etc...)

Filmography

2005    a DARKNESS SWALLOWED, 16mm, color/sound, 78 min
1996    DIVINITY GRATIS, 16mm, color/sound, 59 min.
1988    BODY POLITIC (god melts bad meat), 16mm, color/sound, 40 min.
1987    TEMPTATION, 16mm, color/sound, 4 min. (Music Video for Tom Waits)
1983    AZ IZ, 16mm, color/sound, 37 min
1981    MARASMUS, (in collaboration with Laura Ewig) 16mm, color/sound, 24 min.
1980    SOOTHING THE BRUISE,16mm, color/sound, 21 min.
1979    CIAO BELLA, 16mm, color/sound, 13 min.
1978    PETIT MAL, 16mm, color/sound, 18 min.
1977    YOU CAN PRACTICALLY TASTE IT WITH YOUR EYES (in collaboration with Lauren Abrams) Super-8, color/sound, 45 min.
1977    SCREAMING SUSAN, Super-8, B/W animation, 3 min.
1977    TACHYCARDIA Super-8, hand-processed, color/sound, 80 min.

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The Collective Mixer

September 25, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

CalArts, Mark Taper Courtyard

COMMUNITY: A mixer to welcome/welcome back returning and new members to the collective. A mix and mingle event.

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Writing Now Reading Series: Cynthia Carr

September 25, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

CalArts, Butler Building Seminar Room

CRITICAL STUDIES: Cynthia Carr served as a columnist and arts reporter for the Village Voice from 1984 to 2003, where she specialized in experimental and cutting-edge art. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Artforum, Bookforum, and Modern Painters. Carr is also the author of Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America and On Edge: Performance at the End of the Twentieth Century.

Carr will discuss her new biography Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz. It tells the story of a controversial and seminal art-world figure at a pivotal moment in American culture. David Wojnarowicz, who first gained notice in New York’s East Village in the 1970s and 1980s amid a developing culture war, gentrification, and the AIDS crisis—and died of AIDS in 1992—was thrust back in the spotlight in 2010, at the center of a censorship battle over the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.

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Commuter Dance Festival

September 25, 2014 - September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 8:00pm
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 8:00pm

CalArts, Sharon Disney Lund Theater

DANCE: The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance presents the Annual Commuter Dance Festival. The festival supports the presentation of works by local choreographers in order to encourage the exchange of creative processes between educational and professional environments within the Los Angeles community and to provide CalArts students with exposure to the talented and diverse working dance artists in the area. This year features CalArts School of Dance alumni choreographers Lindsey Lollie (BFA 12), Jordan Saenz (BFA 12), and Stephanie Zaletel (BFA 12).

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"Cool Show!" "Don't go."

September 25, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 9:00pm

CalArts, B320

MUSIC: Thurzday Knight hip-bop, skunk rock and grooby tunes. Cool dude, can't weight.

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Experimental Animation Visiting Artists Series: Andrew Thomas Huang

September 26, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

CalArts, Langley

FILM/VIDEO: Experimental Animation Visiting Artists Series welcomes Andrew Thomas Huang.

Andrew Thomas Huang is a filmmaker/artist from Los Angeles. Bjork handpicked Andrew to direct her music video for "Mutual Core" from Biophilia, which premiered at MOCA Los Angeles. He has since gone on to direct for Sigur Ros and Thom Yorke.

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CalArts Staff Show

September 27, 2014 - October 4, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 8:00am - Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 10:00pm

CalArts, D300 and D301

COMMUNITY: Art show by CalArts staff.

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'Small Museum for the American Metaphor' at REDCAT

September 27, 2014 - November 30, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 12:00pm - Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 6:00pm


Ettore Sottsass, Hotel California (Superbox, 2003). | Photo courtesy Centro Studi Poltronova, Florence, Italy.

REDCAT: From September 27 to November 23, 2014, the Gallery at REDCAT will present Small Museum for the American Metaphor, an exhibition curated by Belgian architect Kersten Geers in collaboration with the Gallery at REDCAT Director Ruth Estevez.

Small Museum for the American Metaphor is an exhibition which brings together European perspectives on the American West, and more specifically, the particularities embedded in the idealized fictions surrounding it. The visual argument here is that there is a certain architectonic "idea" that dwells on the celebration of Endlessness as mythicized in the American West. The metaphor is the base for an architecture that blurs the distinction between building and object, collapsing the different scales. It is an architecture that celebrates the fiction of the "wide open" and seeks to re-evaluate/reinterpret the world as a gigantic interior. In that context, a successful intervention is able to define hierarchies, carve out places, and make shared points of reference. The exhibition, much in the tradition of showcasing objects in a defined space, such as a cabinet, "collects" artworks, architectural models, drawings and other elements that consciously fade the distinction between object and representation.

Ultimately it is a show on urban strategies, but starting from the conviction that these very strategies can only be conveyed if presented in an oblique way. The show proposes a method that understands beauty and hedonism not so much as the enemy of hierarchy and organization, but despite all senses of responsibility, its driving force.

The exhibition includes works from artists and designers such as John Baldessari, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Stefano Graziani, Rita McBride, Valérie Mannaerts, Jonathan Muecke, Jonathan Olivares, Manfred Pernice, Bas Princen, Ed Ruscha, Ettore Sottsass, Michaël Van den Abeele, Richard Venlet, Pieter Vermeersch, Peter Wächtler and Christopher Williams, as well as models of past and present architectures of the "big box."

Kersten Geers (b. 1975, Ghent) studied at the University of Ghent and at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura in Madrid, Spain. He worked in Rotterdam for Maxwan/Max.1 Architects until 2001 and from 2001 to 2005 for Neutelings Riedijk Architects. He was a tutor at the TU Delft, the University of Ghent and the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, and a guest lecturer and guest critic for the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, and Columbia University in New York, among other institutions. He is founding member and editor of San Rocco magazine, and frequently publishes essays on architecture in a variety of magazines and books. In 2002 he founded Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen together with David Van Severen. In 2008 they were awarded with the Belgian Prize for Architecture and in 2010 with the Silver Lion at the 12th Venice Biennial of Architecture.

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Monumental Ambiguities: Pre-Columbian artifacts under the spell of the (in)visible. at REDCAT

September 27, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 6:00pm


Still from Absent Stone. | Courtesy of the artist.

REDCAT: "Urges us to contemplate the relationship between the monumental past and the degraded present" – Journal of Film and Video on Paradox

A double bill followed by a panel discussion that considers the debate over artifacts, cultural property and historical stewardship in Mesoamerica. In Paradox (2001, 30 min.) Leandro Katz alternates between static views of the stone altar of the mythic Dragon of Quiriguá in Guatemala and imagery of controversial labor practices at nearby banana plantations. Jesse Lerner and Sandra Rozental’s documentary La piedra ausente (The Absent Stone, 2013, 82 min.) recounts the fate of the largest carved stone monolith of the Americas, which represented the pre-Hispanic water deity. When moved in 1964 from San Miguel Coatlinchan to Mexico City’s National Anthropology Museum, the extraction sparked a local rebellion. The stone eventually became an urban monument and altogether different icon of Mexican identity, while back in Coatlinchan, replicas of the absent stone appear everywhere, still resonant in the community’s memory.

In person: Mariana Botey, Jesse Lerner, Sandra Rozental and others.

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'Zephyrs,' An Installation By Mark Trayle

September 29, 2014 - October 12, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 8:00am - Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 11:45pm

CalArts, WaveCave

MUSIC: A material and acoustic installation involving physics and glitter, by Mark Trayle.

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The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts Visiting Artist: PALO!

September 29, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall

MUSIC: The Herb Alpert School of Music presents visiting artist PALO!, as part of the Jazz Forum.

PALO! performs their own brand of music they call “Afro-Cuban Funk”. Just think “jazzed-up salsa”, or better yet, listen to some of their music. The group’s unique, danceable sound blends the allure of Cuban music with funky beats and jazzy improvisation. PALO!’s catchy original songs feature the sultry vocals of Latin Grammy-nominated Leslie Cartaya and the impromptu virtuosity of legendary saxophonist Ed Calle. The scorching percussion and vocals of Philbert Armenteros and Raymer Olalde punctuate their performances with Cuban fire. Producer/pianist Steve Roitstein (Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Tito Puente, Cheo Feliciano, Oscar d’ Leon) fuses these elements with a foundation of edgy, unforgettable rhythms.

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The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts Visiting Artist: Nadia Shpachenko

September 29, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

CalArts, The Wild Beast

MUSIC: The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts presents visiting artist Nadia Shpachenko, as part of the Piano Workshop.

Shpachenko is a piano faculty member California State University at Pomona. She has made festival appearances including the: International Holland Music Sessions, Aspen, Cliburn, Machester and Orford. Shpachenko earned her doctorate from the University of Southern California and studied under principal teachers: John Perry, Victor Rosenbaum and Victor Derevianko. She has been featured as a guest lecturer and artist-in-residence at Pomona College, the California Institute of the Arts, and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. She travels to Mexico, Europe and North America (including stops at Carnegie Hall and Concertgebouw) to make solo and chamber-music ensemble performances. Shpachenko's premieres of contemporary composers include Leon Kirchner, Iannis Xenakis, Elliott Carter and Yury Ishchenko.

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Jazz Ensembles - Tatum Concert

September 29, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 7:00pm - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:00am

CalArts, Tatum Lounge

MUSIC: 25 new bands play the first concert of the year.

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Structuring Strategies Presents Lucrecia Martel

September 30, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

CalArts, Bijou Auditorium

FILM/VIDEO: Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel will present her feature, The Headless Woman (2008) (La mujer sin cabeza), 2008, 35mm, 87 min.

"One of the most prodigiously talented and critically adulated filmmakers in contemporary world cinema, Martel (La Ciénaga, 2002; The Holy Girl, 2004; The Headless Woman, 2008) helped launch the influential New Argentine Cinema which has flourished since the early 1990s and awoke interest in Latin American film in general. Martel’s hypnotic, mysterious, and deeply immersive films have traveled far beyond Salta, the tropical northeastern province where she grew up and where all of her films are set. She has a loyal following and has won awards from the most influential film festivals: Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, and Sundance." —Haden Guest, Director, Harvard Film Archive, Bomb Magazine

Lucrecia Martel's third feature film, The Headless Woman, was widely lauded by international critics and festival audiences. While some found the pace and narrative too slow and unusual for what was supposed to be a thriller, The Headless Woman is a visually complex and deeply resonant psychological portrait that brilliantly broadened the director's artistic body of work.

"A full appreciation of Lucrecia Martel’s elegant, rain-soaked film, The Headless Woman, requires the concentration and eye for detail of a forensic detective. Every frame of this brilliant, maddeningly enigmatic puzzle of a movie contains crucial information, much of it glimpsed on the periphery and sometimes passing so quickly you barely have time to blink." —Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Last edited by cziemba on Sep 29, 2014

Third Annual Staff Concert

September 30, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall

MUSIC: Concert of music by CalArts staff featuring The Almost In Tune Boys and other staff artists.

Last edited by rsdavid on Sep 17, 2014
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