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:
The CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) program is pleased to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year of transforming young lives through the arts.
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.
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.
CalArts, Main Gallery
COMMUNITY: A global event taking place on International Peace Day among 45+ countries worldwide to celebrate peace using art.
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.
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.
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.
ART: A.L. Steiner was born in 1967 in Miami Florida and currently works and lives in Los Angeles. Her work includes photographic installation and collage, video, and performance. She is also a lecturer and author, a collective member of Chicks on Speed, co-curator of Ridykeulous, and co-founder/organizer of Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.). Her work encompasses “queer and eco-feminist androgyny”.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.