REDCAT: The Gallery at REDCAT becomes a platform for performances, screenings, concerts, philosophical meditations, conversations and other events throughout the three-month exhibition Hotel Theory, which explores the possibilities of theory as an art form.
Over twenty artists participate with performances or performance documentation and video, audio, photographs, posters or other related ephemera that contextualize the time-based events. Borrowing its title from Wayne Koestenbaum’s blissfully confusing book of the same name, the exhibition and series of events features a wide range of artistic disciplines, practices and points of departure.
With new work by emerging artists, and seminal works by influential, established artists, Hotel Theory suggests a historical overview — however limited—of artists and practices that question how art spaces contribute to theoretical debates.
D300 Gallery: Clara Philbrick BFA 3 ART
D301 Gallery: Miguel Ayala BFA 3 ART
L-Shape Gallery: CLOSED
Main Gallery: CLOSED
A402 Gallery: CLOSED
Mint Gallery: Salina Gallegos BFA 3 PHOTO/MEDIA
D300 Gallery: William May BFA 4 ART
D301 Gallery: Anaeis Ohanian BFA 4 ART
L-Shape Gallery: Class Exhibition
Main Gallery: Class Exhibition
A402 Gallery: Noah Malone BFA 3 ART
Lime Gallery: Kay Lynn Chua BFA 3 ART
Mint Gallery: Sarah Fox BFA 4 PHOTO/MEDIA
MUSIC: Clay Jenkins' career as a jazz artist has covered a wide range of musical experiences. He attended The University of North Texas where he got his Bachelor’s Degree in Music and then earned his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California in 1983. Clay is an Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He also continues to be a very active performing and recording artist. He has performed and presented clinics all over the United States and Canada, and also abroad in Japan, Italy, Korea, Germany, Portugal, Russia, and South Africa. He is a charter member of the trumpet section of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (which has included trumpet artists Snooky Young, Bobby Bryant, Chuck Findley, Oscar Brashear, Byron Stripling, and Bijon Watson). The C.H.J.O. was the Jazz Orchestra in Residence at the Hollywood Bowl from 1999-2001.
REDCAT: “A gorgeously crafted exploration of the oeuvre and inner workings of one of Argentina’s most thought-provoking artists.” – POV Magazine
Using her own image/body, the texture of organic material, and almost sacred icons (such as images of Eva Perón), Nicola Costantino is one of Argentina’s most provocative and fascinating artists. For Nicola Costantino–La Artefacta, she uses imagery of her persona at work: slaughtering cattle in a backless evening gown and white shoes (an allusion to a famous Argentine novel), or molding a double of herself during her pregnancy. Together with co-director and editor Natalie Cristiani, she creates an unusual portrait of an artist and a woman. Eschewing explanation and psychologization, the film, rooted in a form of Argentine baroque, addresses the country’s troubled history while articulating issues pertaining to self (re)presentation, performance and artistic originality.
2015, 75 min
In person: Nicola Costantino
CalArts, The Wild Beast
The series continues at CalArts' Wild Beast on Sunday November 1st with performances at 12:30 and 5 pm. Two eclectic programs with performers Ben Hudson (violin), Tisha Mabee (harpsichord), Ulrich Krieger (saxophones), Mark Menzies (violin, viola, piano), CalArts’ string players, Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick (cello), Charlie Carswell (bass).
We are especially privileged to have two guest soloists for this program: violinist Ben Hudson has a worldwide reputation as a performer of baroque and contemporary music at the highest level; CalArts faculty performer/composer Ulrich Krieger has single-handedly significantly expanded the saxophone repertoire through his landmark recordings and performances.
The programs feature musical surprise at every turn, with selections ranging from the 'raging battle' of baroque master, Heinrich Biber, to the droll evocations of early twentieth century lyrical saxophone repertoire; from the mannerist graces of Lully's baroque ballet pomp to the outrageous virtuosities written by recently passed string bass performer/composer Stefano Scodanibbio, played by CalArts' resident string masters Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick and Mark Menzies.
D300 Gallery: Esteban Perez BFA 3 ART
D301 Gallery: Alexis Miyake BFA 3 ART
L-Shape Gallery: Riannon Norris BFA 3 ART
Main Gallery: CLOSED
A402 Gallery: Michelle Lee BFA 3 ART
Lime Gallery: Enrique Cabral BFA 3 PHOTO/MEDIA
Mint Gallery: Christina Niazian BFA 3 PHOTO/MEDIA
MUSIC: Yutaka Makino was born in Tochigi, Japan in 1976. He studied earth science, computer music and visual arts in Japan, Europe and the USA. He lives and works in Berlin.
On the basis of research into areas such as phenomenology, experimental psychology, psycho/acoustics, social sciences and system theory, Makino probes the processes of perception in experimental setups. His performances and installations provide visually and acoustically conditioned environments that make different modes of perception tangible to the perceivers and provoke reflection on the acts of perception. Makino has recently presented his work in institutions and festivals such as Akademie der Künste Berlin, MärzMusik, Kontraste Krems, daadgalerie, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Transmediale, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst ind Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Sonic Acts, STRP Festival, and the Japan Society. He has received prizes, grants and residencies from the DAAD’s Artists-in-Berlin Program, Villa Aurora Los Angeles, Prix Ton Bruynèl, Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs, and Pola Art Foundation, among others.
Nov. 2, 2–3:50 pm, B324 – Undergrad Composers Forum
Nov. 3, 8:30 pm, REDCAT
Tetuzi Akiyama (guitar), Bryan Eubanks (saxophone, electronics), Jason Kahn (drums, percussion) and Toshimaru Nakamura (no-input mixing board) fuse free improvisation, noise, experimental electronics and the uncategorizable in a fresh and vibrant approach to group playing and spontaneous music creation. Tetuzi Akiyama is one of Japan’s most active experimental guitarists. He manages to successfully bridge many directions in his music, ranging from Texas boogie and free noise to highly restrained acoustic work. Toshimaru Nakamura has made a name for himself since the late 1990’s in improvised and experimental electronic music with his use of the no-input mixing board, an instrument yielding a wide range of sonic possibilities within the framework of a chaotic feedback system he has developed over many solo and collaborative concerts. Bryan Eubanks is active as a composer of electronic music and as an improviser. He plays the soprano saxophone both as acoustic instrument and as part of a unique feedback system built and designed by himself, using open circuit boards and custom analog circuitry. On drum set Jason Kahn‘s playing swings across a wide spectrum of approaches, ranging from ecstatic propulsion and rhythmic drive to abstract sound textures using a variety of found metal objects and cymbals.
B319 – VoiceArts Forum, CalArts
Soprano Estelí Gomez is a founding member of Grammy award-winning octet Roomful of Teeth. In November 2011 she received first prize in the Canticum Gaudium International Early Music Vocal Competition in Poznan, Poland. Last year she released Robert Kyr's Songs of the Soul on Harmonia Mundi with Austin-based Conspirare. With Roomful of Teeth she has recently performed at Lincoln Center, Ravinia Music Festival, and Walt Disney Hall; in Seoul, South Korea, Istanbul, Turkey, and Morelia, Mexico; and recorded a Tiny Desk concert for NPR. Highlights of 2015-16 include solo debuts at the Kennedy Center and with the NY Philharmonic, performances of Handel's Messiah and Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Osaka and Tokyo, a recital of Schubert and Mendelssohn with fortepiano and period clarinet in St. Louis, Ligeti's Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures with New World Symphony in Miami, a featured chapter in the premiere of Hopscotch with Los Angeles-based experimental opera company The Industry, Berio's Sinfonia with Roomful of Teeth and the Seattle Symphony, teaching residencies at UMKC, CalArts, JMU, and Cornell, and Roomful of Teeth's first collaboration with International Contemporary Music Ensemble (ICE), Kaija Saariaho, and Peter Sellers. Originally from Santa Cruz, California, Estelí received her Bachelor of Arts with honors in music from Yale College, and Master of Music from McGill University, studying with Sanford Sylvan. She currently travels and performs full-time.
Jazz Forum, Roy O. Disney Music Hall, CalArts
MUSIC: Ken Filiano is an American jazz and orchestral bassist based in Brooklyn, New York. Since the 1970s, Filiano has played or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Fred Ho, Nels Cline, Bill Dixon, Fay Victor, and many others. Filiano is on the teaching roster at the New School in New York, and is a guest artist lecturer at the School of Visual Arts and Hunter College. He teaches master classes in bass and improvisation, and has a private bass studio in Brooklyn. In 1983, Filiano began to work as a freelance bassist in classical recording studios and on the jazz scene. He formed a relationship with multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia, with whom he toured North America and Europe throughout the 1980s. Filiano made his jazz album debut in 1985, appearing on recordings by Golia and Arni Cheatham. Filiano has continued his busy recording and touring schedule around the world.
REDCAT: Restless sound, rough-edged and noisy… Wonderful live electronic work.” —Billy Gomberg
Sure to roil the electroacoustic ether with a mix of free improvisation, noise and experimental electronics, this exciting international collaboration unites four standout sonic innovators for a first-ever U.S. tour. Legendary guitar improviser Tetuzi Akiyama and no-input mixing board hero Toshimaru Nakamura join with the acclaimed electronic music and sound art duo of Bryan Eubanks (saxophone, electronics) and Jason Kahn (drums, percussion) to build up and unspool riveting soundscapes, as the quartet sets out to probe the dimensions of group performance and spontaneous music creation.
CalArts, Bijou Theater
FILM/VIDEO: Screening is open to the public.
CalArts, Butler Building #4
CRITICAL STUDIES: In the very first sentence of its preamble, the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights mentions “the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family.” Let’s notice the postulate that was slipped into that first sentence: to be a human being is to be a member of the human family. With the help of Kant’s notion of sensus communis, I shall attempt to show that, whereas in the political realm, the “human family” is a highly problematic concept, in the aesthetic realm of art, it legitimately acts as the transcendental foundation of democracy.
GLOBAL INITIATIVES: Jason Trucco draws on his life-long interests to present his latest, and ever-evolving theories about art, theater, and cinema.
Trucco conceived and directed the world's first 360 degree interactive music video, Whatever Lola Wants, for Grammy winner Macy Gray and he is considered the leading director in the medium. Following Lola, Trucco worked increasingly with renowned artists and performers, creating landmark music videos with Devo, Queens of the Stone Age, Glen Cambell, Billy Idol, and others.
The Wall Street Journal featured Devo's What We Do, directed by Trucco (with collaborator Kii Arens and Gerald Casale) in it's article Beyond Thriller: Reinventing Music Video, writing "MTV has moved on. But ambitious filmmakers, armed with new technology, are ushering in another Golden Age."
CalArts, Main Gallery
MUSIC: Acoustic and electric guitars playing traditional and original pieces and improvisations from classical to blues to jazz to rock and beyond.
ART: Over the past two decades, Susan Philipsz has explored the psychological and sculptural potential of sound. Using recordings, predominantly of her own voice, the artist creates immersive environments of architecture and song that heighten the visitor’s engagement with their surroundings while inspiring thoughtful introspection. The music Philipsz selects – which has ranged from sixteenth century ballads and Irish folk tunes to David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust – responds specifically to the space in which the work is installed. While each piece is unique, the storylines and references are often recognizable, exploring familiar themes of loss, longing, hope, and return. These universal narratives trigger personal reactions while also temporarily bridging the gaps between the individual and the collective, as well as interior and exterior spaces.
Born in 1965 in Glasgow, Philipsz currently lives and works in Berlin. She received a BFA in Sculpture from Duncan of Jordanstone College in Dundee, Scotland in 1993, and an MFA from the University of Ulster in Belfast in 1994. In 2000, she completed a fellowship at MoMA PS1 in New York. Recipient of the 2010 Turner Prize, the artist was also shortlisted for Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award that same year.
CalArts, Butler Building #4
CRITICAL STUDIES: Jonathan Lethem’s genre-bending fiction weaves the conventions of noir mysteries, westerns, science fiction, and comic books into coming-of-age tales that are evocative and wholly original. He is the author of over a dozen books—including the much lauded novels Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude—and the winner of a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. His latest work, Lucky Alan and Other Stories, is his third collection of short stories.
In describing his own work, Lethem says, “Everything I write is informed by genre traditions, which I love deeply. At the same time, I don’t think I’ve written without straining against genre boundaries, and I’ve often violated them outright. I think my work reveals traces of an extremely eclectic reading history, and my narrative is also particularly informed by film. But my dearest models are nearly all twentieth-century Americans pursuing high art through popular forms.”
REDCAT: The Broad and REDCAT present Callings Out of Context
Series: Callings Out of Context
Featuring some of today’s most exciting and transgressive musicians, Callings Out of Context is an aural complement to the Broad collection’s holdings of Pop Art. The series features hybrid-minded contemporary musical artists that engage, point to and tell stories about the modern market they are simultaneously a part of, while opening our ears to new perspectives on genre, repetition and mass production. Each program will pair artists from divergent corners of the marketplace, from the heart of indie-rock to the fringes of hip-hop and electronic music to the experimentalism of the avant-garde. The series title was inspired by the Arthur Russell song Calling Out of Context. Guest Curator is Ted Hearne.
Callings Out of Context: Helado Negro + Rabbit Rabbit (Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi)
Thursday, Nov. 5 | 8:30 p.m.
The premiere of The Broad’s Callings Out of Context series brings Helado Negro to REDCAT for an unforgettably intimate performance. Created by the Florida-born producer/singer Roberto Carlos Lange, Helado Negro collages shards of language, both evocative and mundane, into unique electronic textures. Each song its own hybrid of disparate musical elements (and often an English-Spanish hybrid). Lange’s own language is at times driving, at times ambient and entirely transportative.
Lange is joined by a pair of musicians whose work similarly pushes the boundaries of songwriting and expands the timbral possibilities of the human voice. The riveting songs of Rabbit Rabbit explode their own frame through dynamic improvisation and compositional hybridity. Singer/violinist Carla Kihlstedt and percussionist/keyboardist/singer Matthias Bossi make up this wife and husband duo. Catchy yet experimental, Kihlstedt and Bossi write gutsy songs that elegantly pay tribute to their collective history as veterans of contemporary classical, rock, folk and improvised music. Tickets are $25 and will be available beginning Thursday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m.
REDCAT: Promising to stir new thinking and debate, this two-day conference puts aside the quest for locating an irreducible essence of political art in order to inquire instead into the ever-changing conditions of production and reception that make art political. The lineup of guest scholars and artists includes keynote speaker Thierry de Duve, Edwin Hill, Gil Hochberg, Leandro Katz, Mimi Thi Nguyen, Davide Panagia and Berenice Reynaud. The opening day program consists of lively presentations and discussion sessions with the audience ahead of the afternoon address by de Duve, the Aesthetics and Politics Program’s Theorist in Residence. His speech is followed by a conversation with Martín Plot, the program’s Research Fellow in Political Thought. The conference next moves to the West Hollywood Public Library November 7.
CalArts, Butler Building #2
THEATER: Beneath the Juniper Tree is a creative exploration on the universe of folk and fairy tales. This is a dive into the fantastic, the dark and symbolic elements of these stories passed from generation to generation in the hopes of catching a glimpse of what lies underneath our human consciousness.
West Hollywood Public Library
CRITICAL STUDIES: To ask "when is art political?" is to ask what conditions of artistic production and reception make it possible for art to be political. As conditions change, "political art" may no longer be political, "non-political" art may become political, and so on. Through short, lively presentations and discussions with the audience, this two-day conference establishes a shift in approach by leaving the quest for an essence of political art aside in order to inquire instead into the ever-changing conditions that make art political.
This two day conference is hosted by the School of Critical Studies at CalArts. The conference is supported by the MA Aesthetics and Politics program, and made possible with additional support from the Transdisciplinary Aesthetics Foundation.
All events on 11/7 are free and open to the public.
REDCAT: "One of the most unusual groups under contract anywhere.” – Rolling Stone
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Hotel Theory
Legendary and uncategorizable rock band The Red Krayola was launched in 1966 in Houston, Texas. The group’s lineup has changed over the years, but Los Angeles artist and composer Mayo Thompson has been a force in the band since the start. This rare appearance focuses on the influential 1976 album Corrected Slogans, ranging from folk ballads and soprano and piano duets, to stripped down rock songs and Sprechstimme. Many songs are arranged for voice and a single instrument, with lyrics that ruminate on theories of class struggle, alienation, historical materialism, and the conditions of advanced industrial societies.
CalArts, The Wild Beast
From 1-3 pm, experience Islands of Sound in (Un)expected Places, a concert featuring music by Tenney, Bach and Stravinsky, with performers from around the CalArts community.
REDCAT: REDCAT's Studio series is an ongoing, interdisciplinary program featuring informal new performance works and works-in-progress. This edition of Studio is programmed by guest curators Jmy James Kidd and Pat Payne and offers adventurous audiences a glimpse at projects by Los Angeles artists.
D300 Gallery: Hannah Ganter BFA 3 ART
D301 Gallery: Jeanette Aldana BFA 3 PHOTO/MEDIA
L-Shape Gallery: Brian Lu BFA 3 PHOTO/MEDIA
Main Gallery: Ginger Quintanilla BFA 3 ART
A402 Gallery: Addison Fischer BFA 3 ART
Lime Gallery: Ade Ayedun BFA 3 ART
Mint Gallery: Wenshuai Shi BFA 3 PHOTO/MEDIA
Jazz Forum, Roy O. Disney Music Hall, CalArts
MUSIC: Billy Childs has emerged as one of the foremost American composers of his era, perhaps the most distinctly American composer since Aaron Copland – for like Copland, he has successfully married the musical products of his heritage with the Western neoclassical traditions of the twentieth century in a powerful symbiosis of style, range, and dynamism. A native of Los Angeles, Childs grew up immersed in jazz, classical, and popular music influences. A prodigious talent at the piano earned him public performances by age six, and at sixteen he was admitted to the USC Community School of the Performing Arts, going on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition under the tutelage of Robert Linn and Morton Lauridsen. Thus far in his career, Childs has garnered thirteen GRAMMY nominations. Most recently, Childs has recorded a collection of re-imagined Laura Nyro compositions for Sony Masterworks, released in September 2014. As a pianist Childs has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Renee Fleming, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Chick Corea, The Kronos Quartet, Wynton Marsalis, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Ron Carter, The Ying Quartet, The American Brass Quintet, and Chris Botti.
CalArts, B319 - VoiceArts Forum
MUSIC: Soprano Laura Bohn is making her mark as a formidable and
dynamic vocal presence on international stages. The 2015 season includes featured performances at Operadagen Rotterdam with the Hague Philharmonic, with the Grand Harmonie orchestra in Princeton and Boston, and the SacroProfano Baroque ensemble in their New York debut and with the Isaura String Quartet in LA. Role debuts this season include Ino in Händel's Semele, Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio in the first US production on period instruments, Lucha in The Industry’s Hopscotch mobile-opera and JFK’s mistress Mary Pinchot Meyer in the premiere of LSD: The Opera by Anne LeBaron at Walt Disney Concert Hall’s REDCAT, both in LA. She has premiered works at The Holland Festival in Amsterdam, the UN Assembly Hall in New York and was guest soloist on a national tour of the Netherlands with the Ricciotti Orchestra.
FILM/VIDEO: "The prolific Canadian artist Mike Hoolboom takes his inspiration directly from the heart. His pictures begin with the innermost secrets, as a whisper, a caress. While the approach is experimental, the sincerity of this humanist quest raises the pulse of even the most indifferent moviegoers."--Olivier Thibodeau, Panorama Cinema, March 2015
The renowned Canadian Personal Experimental Filmmaker will be at CalArts for his first Residency, Nov. 10-13, 2015.
Mike Hoolboom has been a key figure in Canadian Avant-Garde and Queer Filmmaking since the 1980s. A passionate supporter of independent filmmaking, Mike has produced a large body of varied work, curated numerous programs and series for international venues, and has written for and edited journals devoted to experimental cinema.
Hoolboom's powerful, personally expressive films include self-portraits and portraits of friends and artists, and he has won prizes at major film festivals in North America and Europe.
Hoolboom gives this biographical sketch: "Born: Korean War, the pill, hydrogen bomb, playboy mansion. 1980s: Film emulsion fetish and diary salvos. Schooling at the Funnel: collective avant-geek cine utopia. 1990s: experimentalist features, transgressive psychodramas, questions of nationalism. 2000s: Seroconversion cyborg (life after death), film-to-video transcode: feature-length-found-footage bios. Fringe media archaeologist: copyleft author 7 books, co/editor 12 books. Curator: 30 programs + www.fringeonline.ca Occasional employments: artistic director Images Fest, fringe distribution Canadian Filmmakers. 80 film/vids, most redacted. 10 features. 70 awards, 15 international retrospectives. 3 lifetime achievement awards. www.mikehoolboom.com"
Where the night is going, 11 minutes, 2015
Damaged, 9 minutes, 1999
In the Theatre, 6 minutes, 2005
Scrapbook, 18 minutes, 2015
Buffalo Death Mask, 23 minutes, 2013
(total running time: 67 minutes)
Incident Reports, 70 minutes, 2015
plus one recent short film
Scrapbook, 18 minutes, 2015
"Lensed in Ohio’s Broadview Developmental Center in 1967 by secret camera genius and audio visual healer Jeffrey Paull, Scrapbook tells the story of audacious autistic Donna Washington in her own words, as she encounters pictures of one of her former selves fifty years later." Award Winner, 2015 Ann Arbor Film Festival
Buffalo Death Mask, 23 minutes, 2013
"A conversation with Canadian artist Stephen Andrews returns us to a pre-cocktail moment, when being HIV+ afforded us the consolation of certainty."
CalArts, Generator Conference Room
THEATER: Join Sam Miller and Kristy Edmunds, internationally recognized leaders in the field of contemporary performance, for a conversation centered on innovative and relevant curatorial approaches to developing and presenting time-based art, and the piloting of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University.
Contemporary performance is at a distinct crossroads. The co-existence and cross-pollination of idea-and technique-based performance practice has created a dynamic dialog over the past several decades. The internet and other new technologies have created a vast social fabric of interconnectivity and information. Walls between disciplines are increasingly porous, and interdisciplinary performance practice is informed by a wide range of cultural, aesthetic, and historical landscapes.
CAREER SERVICES: Join us to hear from David Greenblatt of Greenlit Creative, who will discuss Hollywood and the film industry with students and alumni.
INSTITUTE: Come to a grant writing overview session led by CalArts' own Cathy Akers who will discuss everything you need to know about grant writing.
ART: Cecilia Fajardo-Hill is a British/Venezuelan art historian and curator in modern and contemporary art, currently based in Southern California. Fajardo-Hill has a PhD in Art History from the University of Essex, England, and an MA in 20th Century Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England.
Fajardo-Hill was the Chief Curator and Vice-President of Curatorial Affairs at the Museum of Latin American Art, MOLAA in Long Beach, California Between 2009 and 2012. She was the Director and Chief curator of the Cisneros Fontanals Arts Foundation (CIFO) and the Ella Fontanals Cisneros Collection, Miami, USA between 2005 and 2008, and she was general director of Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela, between 1997 and 2001. She has curated and organized numerous group and solo exhibitions of international artists such as Susan Hiller and Mona Hatoum and emerging and mid-career contemporary artists from Latin America such as Johanna Calle, Mariana Castillo Deball, Leandro Erlich and Javier Téllez. Fajardo-Hill has published broadly on contemporary art and artists from Latin America.
CalArts, Main Gallery
ART: Mid-residence show and performance. Auditory sound performance of 3-4 performers with syrnetic instruments. Stand up sculpture installation.
CalArts, Coffeehouse Theater
THEATER: 'She Kills Monsters' is a high-octane comedy fraught with hostile fairies, rowdy ogres and '90s pop culture, it is a heart-pounding homage to the badass and geek within us all. Average Agnes finally leaving her childhood home following the death of her weird sister, Tilly. When she stumbles upon Tilly's Dungeons and Dragons module, Agnes embarks on an action-packed adventure to discover more about her sister than she previously cared to know.
REDCAT: "Fiercely comic… the kind of politically focused theater that not only makes you think and question your own preconceptions but also have a great time doing it.”
– San Francisco Chronicle
“Politically charged art with unapologetic humor.” – Bitch Magazine
Kristina Wong’s sharply hilarious solo performance The Wong Street Journal, directed by Emily Mendelsohn, is part psychedelic TED lecture, part amateur hip-hop extravaganza, and part nonsense. On a charmingly crude hand sewn set made from the finest discount felt, the incisive L.A. performer, comedian and Facebook phenom breaks down such complex issues as click bait, global poverty, privilege and economic theory, using uneasy-to-read charts, live hashtag wars, and riveting hand-crafted slideshows. Wong weaves a self-skewering personal narrative with a laugh-out-loud interrogation of America's legacy on the rest of the world, with a special focus on observations from her recent adventures in Northern Uganda, researching and recording a rap album with local rappers.
Art: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is the Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University (2013–15), Getty Visiting Research Scholar (2015), and was recently appointed as Director of Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea and GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino, commencing on January 1, 2016. She drafted the 14thIstanbul Biennial, titled SALTWATER. A Theory of Thought Forms (5th September – 1st November 2015). Previously, she was the artistic director of dOCUMENTA (13) (2012); the artistic director of the 16th Biennale of Sydney, Revolutions—Forms That Turn (2008); and senior curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, a MoMA affiliate in New York, from 1999 to 2001.
“On Saltwater: a Theory of Thought Forms. The 14th Istanbul Biennial 2015”.
This lecture explores the relationship between the 14th Istanbul
Biennial titled "Saltwater. A Theory of Thought Forms" and 19th and
early 20th century theosophist Annie Besant's notion of thought forms and their impact on action and the world today, at a critical moment for Turkey and the region.
CalArts, Walt Disney Modular Theater
Theater: Hamletmachine, directed by Brian Hashimoto is an investigation into our society's complex systems and how we participate in them. This contemporary adaptation of Heiner Muller's text probes our irrational relationship to identity, morality, power, and the struggle towards "progress".
West Hollywood Public Library, Community Room
CRITICAL STUDIES: A screening and discussion panel on Mexican America in Film and Design, moderated by artist and critic, Harry Gamboa.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: Works by Alvin Lucier, Michael Pisaro, Pauline Oliveros and Jacqueline Bobak. New works for voice and electronics by Micaela Tobin and Cordey Lopez.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: A concert showcasing original choral works by CalArts composers and contemporary choir covers arranged by current students.
CalArts, The Wild Beast
MUSIC: This concert is a product of the mutual desire between three CalArts composers to show their music in a collaborative format. Music by Stella Veloce, Jesse Quebbeman-Turley and Diego Gaeta.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: MFA jazz graduation recital. Nery will play her original tunes and arrangement of jazz standards with great musicians. It will be a fun night.
D300 Gallery: Laura Im BFA 3 ART
D301 Gallery: Antonio Perez BFA 3 ART
L-Shape Gallery: Xanthe Pajarillo BFA 3 PHOTO/MEDIA
Main Gallery: Aarum Alatorre BFA 3 ART
A402 Gallery: Elena Zinovieff BFA 3 ART
Lime Gallery: Julie Cabral BFA 3 PHOTO/MEDIA
Mint Gallery: Shelby Ames BFA 3 PHOTO/MEDIA
Jazz Forum, Roy O. Disney Music Hall, CalArts
MUSIC: River Song Quintet is a chamber ensemble and composer/performer collective whose music draws from the interests and influences of its members, merging the worlds of western-classical chamber music and art song, jazz and improvised music, and folk music. Their performances have been described as "sparse and beautiful… mesmerizing and strewn with hauntingly gorgeous vocals." (Jhanne Jasmine, Camellia Lounge) and "… a joyous blending of memorable compositions, artful orchestration, subtle improvisation, and fresh creative energy." (Art Lande, Grammy-nominated pianist) Since their formation in 2011, River Song Quintet has performed throughout the United States at a variety of venues including the Royal Room (Seattle, WA), the Blue Whale (Los Angeles, CA), La Peña Cultural Center (Oakland, CA), and Constellation (Chicago, IL) among others. Most recently they worked in collaboration with poet David Baker for a performance at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago, accompanying him for the premiere reading of his new work Scavenger Loop, and also performing a song cycle written by River Song Quintet guitarist Gregory Uhlmann with text by Baker. Their first full-length album, Monarchs, was released in August 2014 and can be previewed and purchased on Bandcamp and iTunes. River Song Quintet’s members are all CalArts Music Alumni and include Alina Roitstein (voice), Lauren Baba (violin/viola), Andrew Rowan (cornet), Harrison Kirk (trombone), and Gregory Uhlmann (guitar).
REDCAT: "Rick Prelinger is an archivist rockstar." - Motherboard
Having given eye-opening “urban history” presentations in San Francisco, Oakland and Detroit, Rick Prelinger now draws on his vast archive to offer a cultural history of greater Los Angeles in pictures. The archivist, writer, filmmaker and UC Santa Cruz professor combines excerpts from long-dated “ephemeral” sources—yesteryear’s home movies, newsreels, educational, industrial and amateur films, even studio “process plates”—into a richly detailed socio-topographical study of L.A.’s bygone cityscapes, and in the process casts the contemporary terrain in a new light. Viewers, meanwhile, are invited to supply the soundtrack, with their own commentaries, questions and discussions. Founded in 1983, the Prelinger Archive is among the largest repositories of its kind in the world.
CalArts, In front of the Cafeteria
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AFFAIRS & GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT: Information about the CalArts study abroad/exchange programs offered for students in the School of Art.
ART: Although his practice incorporates performance, sculpture, and video, artist Jonathan VanDyke is often labelled a painter. He works outward from the medium of painting to explore how personal relationships affect the form and creation of works of art.
VanDyke is a New York City-based artist who received an MFA in Sculpture from Bard College in 2005 and attended the Skowhegan School in 2008. Recent solo exhibitions include Oltre l’oblio at 1/9 unosunove in Rome and The Painter of the Hole at Scaramouche in New York, both in 2013, and Trausnitz at Loock Galerie in Berlin in 2014. Major performances include the forty-hour works The Long Glance at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo in 2011 and With One Hand Between Us, part of Performa 2011. His performance work and installation Obstructed View was commissioned by The Power Plant in Toronto as part of their 2011-2012 exhibition Coming After. His durational performance work Cordoned Area, made for the dancers David Rafael Botana and Bradley Teal Ellis, has appeared at The National Academy Museum, New York (2013), Vox Populi, Philadelphia (2012), and Socrates Sculpture Park, New York (2011).
In 2015, VanDyke will present a series of new performances at Storm King Art Center called Movements for Monoliths, a solo project at ABC Berlin, and a solo exhibition at 1/9unosunove, Rome, titled L blue N black I green M orange K violet.
FILM/VIDEO: Abigail Severance’s films consider memory, the body and the powerful act of witnessing. She works in a broad range of cinematic forms from formal experimentation to narrative and essay, crafting a body of work that comprises an ongoing excavation of nostalgia both as addiction and as inspiration.
Siren, 2002, 5 minutes, b/w hand-processed 16mm.
An enigmatic ghost spins an elliptical tale of his own demise in a travelogue that complicates fact, fiction and memory.
Jenny Mi Amor, 2012, 8 minutes, color Super 16mm & HD finished to HD.
Jenny is dressed in feathers and on the run. In her wake, seven people craft a portrait of a mysterious being, but instead recount a story of loss and longing.
Eye Witness, 2010, 12 minutes, color DV. Collaboration with Julie Tolentino.
We use rehearsal, live performance and improvisation to investigate this slippery exchange between the choices of the frame and the phenomenology of movement.
Kinesthesia Series, 2014, 8 minutes, color & b/w 16mm finished to HD.
Kinesthesia Series is an on-going exercise in motion, repetition and the wily experience of time and memory.
Excerpts from work-in-progress:
Acadia, essay/memoir, expected completion 2016, 16mm and HD finished to HD. Excerpts approx 25 min, finished film approx 90 min.
Acadia interleaves three investigations about memory and longing: My family’s history on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island, a local ex-con’s journey from immigrant to outlaw, and the cultural legacy of the 1755 deportation of the Acadians by the British.
Pump, 1999, 16mm live action & stop-motion, 17 minutes, narrative
Bone Wish, 2000, optically-printed 16mm, 4 minutes, experimental fiction
Wake, 2001, DV, 4 minutes, experimental/installation (part of Underground Zero, a collection of works curated by Jay Rosenblatt & Caveh Zahedi immediately following Sept 11, 2001)
Siren, 2001, hand-processed 16mm, 5 minutes, experimental fiction
Come Nightfall, 2002, 16mm, 17 minutes, narrative
Saint Henry, 2004, 35mm, 20 minutes, narrative
Eye Witness, 2010, DV, 11 minutes, installation/documentary, with Julie Tolentino
Hard Times, 2011, HD, 4 minutes, music video for Americana band Meatyard
Jenny Mi Amor, 2012, HD & Super-16mm, 8 minutes, narrative
Kinesthesia Series, 2014, 16mm, varying durations, experimental/installation
Acadia (work-in-progress, completion 2016), HD & 16mm, approx. 90 minutes, essay/memoir
REDCAT: A collaboration with the SPACE Collection and Abstraction in Action.
CONVERSATIONS–PRESIDENT’S FORUM. REDCAT hosts distinguished artistsEmilio Chapela, Rubén Ortiz-Torres and Mariángeles Soto-Díaz, along with REDCAT Gallery Director and Curator Ruth Estévez, and moderated by SPACE Art Collection Chief Curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, in a discussion entitled Abstraction and the Everyday in Latin American Art,as part of a series of events entitled Abstraction in Action, on the subject of Contemporary Abstraction and its relevance across cultures, focusing in particular on Latin America, created through the SPACE Art Collection, housed at newly-debuted SPACE Headquarters in Irvine, California.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: A night of fusion featuring middle eastern music mixed with classical and jazz. All pieces written by Maryam Mirbagheri and An-Liang Cheng.
REDCAT: “Like many a great piece of music, this work is about coaxing the listener to hear and see the world a bit differently when one next steps outside.” – Just Outside
A central figure in the John Cage-inspired Wandelweiser collective of experimental composers, Michael Pisaro is acclaimed for his meticulous embrace of sound as a material density, across a continuum of composed, incidental and “silent” forms. Pisaro, performing on guitar, is joined by Joe Panzner (electronics) and Greg Stuart (percussion) for the world premiere ofGrounded Cloud, a 20-minute work inspired by a poem by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge. Following intermission is the Los Angeles debut of the hourlong a mist is a collection of points, with pianist Phillip Bush playing alongside Panzner and Stuart. Pisaro’s extensive oeuvre has appeared on Edition Wandelweiser Records, erstwhile records, another timbre, HEM Berlin, and his own imprint, Gravity Wave.
Nov. 18, 8:30pm, REDCAT; Nov. 20, 2pm-3:50pm, CalArts, B324 - Critical Reading; Nov. 21, 5pm, CalArts, Wild Beast Concert
Joe Panzner is a computer musician from Akron, OH currently
residing in Columbus, OH. He draws on the live electronic music of John Cage and David Tudor, the long-form memory experiments of Morton Feldman, and the digital extremism of Peter Rehberg, Florian Hecker, Zbigniew Karkowski, Dion Workman, and Kevin Drumm. He is presently a lecturer of Music History at The
Ohio State University and Capital University.
Nov. 18, 8:30pm, REDCAT; Nov. 20, 10am-12pm, CalArts, The Wild Beast - Experimental Music Workshop; Nov. 21, 5pm, CalArts, Wild Beast Concert
Greg Stuart is a percussionist whose work draws upon a mixture of music from the experimental tradition, Wandelweiser, improvisation,
and electronics. An active performer, he has appeared at numerous festivals and notable venues presenting experimental music including MaerzMusik (Berlin), Café Oto (London), Issue Project Room (New York), and Non-Event (Boston) among many others. Greg Stuart is currently an Assistant Professor at the University
of South Carolina School of Music in Columbia, SC where he teaches experimental music and music history.
CalArts, Bijou Theater
FILM/VIDEO: Witness a family's struggle for harmony alongside a menagerie of over 100 untamed animals on a persevation in the African planes.
ART: Kant, Beauty and the Brain: Kant’s aesthetic theory and its lessons for our understanding of human cognition: In this talk I will describe Immanuel Kant’s aesthetic theory, as given in the last of his three great Critiques: the Critique of Judgment (1790). Perhaps surprisingly, his account of the nature and origin of the judgment of beauty turns out to play an essential role in his wider theory of human cognition (how human beings make sense of and represent the world). I will relate his account to current questions in philosophy and neuroscience, arguing that Kant’s theory gives a unique perspective on fundamental questions about scientific discovery and artistic creation.
Linda Palmer received her B.S. in Information and Computer Science and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California at Irvine, working under Profs. D.W. Smith and W. Bristow at UCI and H.E. Allison at UC San Diego. She was Research Faculty in the Philosophy Department at Carnegie Mellon University and member of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition in Pittsburgh, PA from 2004-2009; she joined the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at UC Irvine in 2009, where she works with Profs. Gary Lynch and Christine Gall.
CalArts, Sharon Disney Lund Theater
DANCE: The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance presents solo works by the BFA2 students.
REDCAT: “The shock is not in the imitation of Holiday’s sound but in the intensity of Mr. Arias’ feeling.” – The New Yorker
“Mr. Arias understands the risks and rewards of playing with fire.” – The New York Times
“Arias razor-sharp wit and outre couture drag belie the beauty of his musicality.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Beloved downtown New York cabaret singer, performance and drag artist Joey Arias incarnates Billie Holiday, celebrating her centennial year with an acclaimed cabaret production he premiered at New York’s Lincoln Center earlier this year. Dubbed “a demigod of the demimonde” by Time Out, Arias was last seen at REDCAT in the phantasmagorical Arias With a Twist. He starred as the Mistress of Seduction in Cirque du Soleil’s hit Zumanity in Las Vegas, and was the youngest ever member of The Groundlings at 16. His spellbinding portrayal of Holiday, with some wardrobe assistance from fashion designer Thierry Mugler, has been praised internationally, ever since he sang the songs of Lady Day in his legendary hit production Strange Fruit in the early 1990’s.
West Hollywood Public Library, Community Room
CRITICAL STUDIES: Armen Avanessian studied philosophy and political science in Vienna and Paris. After completing his dissertation in literature, he worked at the Free University Berlin from 2007-2014. He has previously been a Visiting Fellow in the German Department at Columbia University and in the German Department at Yale University and visiting professor at various art academies in Vienna, Nuremberg and Basel. He is editor in chief at Merve Verlag Berlin. In 2012 he founded a bilingual research platform on Speculative Poetics, including a series of events, translations, and publications: www.spekulative-poetik.de. In Fall 2015, he is Visiting Faculty in the MA Aesthetics and Politics program at the California Institute of the Arts.
CalArts, The Wild Beast
MUSIC: This three hour event deals with the disappearance of time. It consists of two works alternating with each other and features guest soloists Greg Stuart and Joe Panzner.
CalArts, Roy O Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: A wide variety of music from the other side of the continent. Mid-residence recital involving composition and improvisation influenced by latin american music performed by Dan Gonzalez and friends.
CalArts, Langley Hall
FILM/VIDEO: Film screening of student work done the previous weekend in a 48 hour time frame.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall
MUSIC: Professional saxophonist, Jeff Driskill discovered his passionate love of music at a very early age. He began focusing that affection specifically on the saxophone at thirteen and around the same time discovered an intense fondness for jazz and studied music at North Texas State University. In any given week you may find Driskill performing in the orchestra for the latest hit musical, lending his talents to a studio movie score, backing an A-list crooner or playing jazz in one of several respected big bands. The Left Side Alliance is a modern, jazz influenced saxophone quartet played by four of Los Angeles’ best saxophonists including Jeff Driskill, Bob Sheppard, Katisse Buckingham and Adam Schroeder.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: A mid-residence recital of all original material written by JonJon Blunden & Brandon McGregor.
REDCAT: “Rare and extraordinary…profoundly strange, immediate, and real.” – The Village Voice
Honored as the Best First Feature in both Locarno International Film Festival and DocLisboa, Songs From the North is an original and intimate look at the enigma of North Korea. Bypassing and decoding the country’s jingoistic propaganda, as well as derisive satire from the West, Soon-Mi Yoo interweaves footage from three visits to North Korea with songs, spectacle, popular cinema and archival footage. Songs From The North strives to understand, on their own terms, the psychology and popular imagery of the North Korean people and the political ideology of absolute love. Born in South Korea, Yoo teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and frequently shows her work internationally.
In person: Soon-Mi Yoo
CalArts, Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater
DANCE: The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance presents a relaxed, noon-hour dance concert of work by BFA students.
CalArts, Bijou Auditorium
FILM/VIDEO: “The lyrical short films of Soon-Mi Yoo give haunting life to the fleeting shadows and ghosts of Korean history, using avant-garde forms to open unwritten chapters from her country’s traumatic past. Yoo’s early training as a still photographer and time studying under experimental filmmakers Saul Levine and Mark LaPore clearly inform her poetic and essayistic approaches. Yoo’s films seek a different kind of moving image, one able to render vivid the deep emotional resonance of the past. Yoo’s spellbinding DANGEROUS SUPPLEMENT makes remarkable use of footage from American fighter planes bombing North Korea to capture the dark sublimity of war through fragmentary landscapes that tip away as soon as they appear, haunting us with afterimages of beauty and destruction. The ghosts and ghostly memories of war are also the subject of ssitkim: talking to the dead, which courageously takes on the taboo and long suppressed subject of South Korea’s collaboration with the American war against Vietnam. Fiercely contesting any notion of cinema as a tool for the smooth narrativization of official histories, ssitkim interweaves the incontestable facts of the Vietnam War with the dreams and supernatural visions of its victims.” –Haden Guest, HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE
(2006, 14.5 min, video, b&w/color)
Most of the archival material in DANGEROUS SUPPLEMENT comes from U.S. military footage shot during the Korean War. Dangerous Supplement originated from these questions: Is it possible to see the landscape of the past even though it was first seen by the other’s murderous gaze? Did the mountains and the waters manage to escape it? Dangerous Supplement is an incomplete index for memory, a substitute for a vision that is yet to exist.
REDCAT: “A gorgeous exploration of South Asian–inflected jazz.”–The Georgia Straight
Bringing influences from North Indian classical music and jazz into a distinctive contemporary form, this deeply felt nine-part epic of human perseverance reflects on the Komagata Maru Incident of 1914—the ordeal imposed on 376 travelers from India, all British subjects, who had chartered a Japanese cargo ship to Canada in contravention of arbitrary laws targeting immigrants from Asia. Conceived by composer and multi-instrumentalist Neelamjit Dhillon to draw out the emotional and psychological resonance of a teachable historical moment, the extraordinary musical landscape of Komagata Maru is realized by a double quartet—Dhillon’s group plus the Isaura String Quartet—and shaped into a rich, multisensory experience with spoken-word narration and projected archival visuals.