Shelter or Playground

Shelter or Playground

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Off Campus Schindler House
835 N Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2-7 pm
Sunday, Feb. 17, 2-7 pm

This exhibition springs from The House of Dust, a seminal yet under-recognized late 1960s work by Fluxus artist Alison Knowles. Originally called The Play House, this intermedia piece serves as an entry point into contemporary investigation of the relationships between architecture, technology, and performance. In a text titled Shelter or Playground, R.M. Schindler described his house as a “playground” that “grows with its inhabitants” and where “life will regain its fluidity.” Today, the house open its doors to contemporary artists who have been invited to produce site-specific works, responding to both architectures by Schindler and Knowles and translating them into multiple performative forms.

Saturday, February 16

2pm – Merce Cunningham, Canfield, 1969, performed by CalArts Dance.

2:15pm – Alison Knowles, #15 Wounded furniture, 1965, interpreted by CalArts students.

3pm – Trisha Brown, Solo Olos, 1976, performed by CalArts Dance.

3:20pm – Dimitri Chamblas, SLOW SHOW, 2018. Music and sound by Eddie Ruscha

4pm – Jasmin Blasco, Speaking In Tongues, 2019

4:30pm – Alison Knowles, Variation #1 on Proposition, Make a Soup, 1964 interpreted and performed by Art by Translation

5pm – Alvin Lucier, I Am Sitting in a Room, 1969, interpreted byJasmin Blasco

6pm – Dinner Make a Soup, Alison Knowles

7pm – Collective reading session by Slow Reading Club

Sunday, February 17

Throughout the day – Yoko Ono, TAPE PIECE II, 1963, interpreted by CalArts students.

2pm – Yoko Ono, Building Piece for Orchestra, 1963, interpreted by CalArts students.

2:15pm –Luke Stoneham (with Simon Leung), Duo, 2018

2:40pm – Presentation by Performa curator Charles Aubin of his research related to Circulations, Performa 17’s architecture and performance program, and the accompanying publication Bodybuilding (upcoming).

3:40pm – Yoko Ono, Wall Piece for Orchestra, 1962, interpreted by CalArts students.

4pm – Milka Djordjevich, Kinetic Augmentations, 2019

5pm – For Phil Willson, (1979 ) by Pauline Oliveros From Deep Listening Publications, © 2009 Courtesy of The Pauline Oliveros Trust ( 
Interpreted by CalArts students.

5:20pm – Yoko Ono, Touch poem 5, 1963, interpreted by CalArts students.

5:40pm – Mark Geffriaud, Home Cinema, 2019.

6:20pm – Yoko Ono, TAPE PIECE II, 1963, interpreted by CalArts students.

Curated by Maud Jacquin, Anna Milone and Sébastien Pluot, this group exhibition is the result of a collective research effort initiated by Art by Translation (TALM Angers & École nationale supérieure d’arts de Paris-Cergy) with the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House and France Los Angeles Exchange (FLAX), in collaboration with the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

The presentation commissions new work and performances by Henry Andersen & Bryana Fritz/Slow Reading Club (Australia, USA), Lila Athanasiadou (Netherlands), Jasmin Blasco (France/USA), Dimitri Chamblas (France), François Dallegret and François Perrin (France), Milka Djordjevich (USA), Daniel Frota (Brazil), Mark Geffriaud (France), Gerard & Kelly (USA), FLAX Artist-in-Residence Aurélie Godard (France), Jeff Guess (France), Alison Knowles (USA) Simon Leung (USA) and Luke Stoneham (UK), and Lucky Dragons (USA). It will be accompanied by a program of historical performances including works by Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown and interpretations of scores by Fluxus artists or those associated with Fluxus—Alison Knowles, Yoko Ono, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros—by CalArts students on the CalArts Nomad Floor. The floor will play the role of a contemporary House of Dust as a studio, gathering place, gallery, blank slate, habitat and point of discussion about context, performing and witnessing performance, open to anyone upon registration to the MAK Center.