Poverty, beamers, and self-actualization

Brody Condon, LevelFive, documentation
from event 1 in Los Angeles, 2010

My master’s thesis is calling to me so I’ll probably be ducking out on a lot of upcoming performances. But that doesn’t mean I can’t live vicariously through you all. Guest blog posts, anyone?

Thursday, November 18, 5 to 8pm: Design Loves Art kicks off its latest round of openings at Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. There are vague hints of possible performative activities, but no way to know for sure. Nonetheless, projects by Andrea Zittel, another year in LA, Gemini G.E.L., Young Projects, and the freshly minted Annie Wharton Los Angeles are definitely worth checking out.

Thursday, November 18, 7pm: After the PDC openings, rush on over to the Hammer to check out a screening of Brody Condon’s fascinating LevelFive project, which I wrote about in September. Highlights of the project’s video documentation will be screened, followed by a discussion with Condon and Mark Allen.

Friday, November 19, 7 to 10pm: BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer), an internationally disseminated event idea in which a gaggle of invited artists bring their own projectors to show work, comes to LA, specifically the USC Roski Gallery.

Friday and Saturday, November 19 and 20, 8pm: These are your last chances to catch performances by Los Angeles Poverty Department at the venerable Box Gallery in Chinatown. Each performance is unique and addresses real-life prison statistics. I hear they are quite compelling.

Saturday, November 20, noon to Sunday, November 21, noon: Here is the perfect performance event for winter hibernators and those with theses to write: the kind where you don’t have to leave the house! The Eternal Telethon: Infinity + 24, in which over 50 artists present experimental works in the name of raising money for an artists’ retirement home, will be broadcast live over the internet. This is the 1.5-year-old telethon’s most ambitious event to date and lots of interesting people will be participating. If you prefer your performances live, you can join in the fun at Machine Project, which is acting as the telethon’s host.

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