Archive for the Institutional Partnerships Category

Studio: Winter 2014, REDCAT, March 23, 2014, reviewed by Maia Lee

Posted in guest blog posts, Institutional Partnerships, reviews and commentary on May 26, 2014 by eunok1
Photo: Maia Lee

Photo: Maia Lee

The sweeping red architectural limbs of the REDCAT theatre ushered in a small audience who hummed with excitement and anticipation. The long history of theatre and its traditions gave in to the setting of something new, something that promised to be refreshing, and dare I say progressive. Maybe it was my own background in theatre that made me keen to the difference in atmosphere, or maybe it was the astonishing amount of young people who were in attendance. I tried to keep from turning in my seat to gawk at actor Danny DeVito, who happened to be in attendance. Guest curators Nick Duran and Anna Oxygen leapt up on stage to introduce the series, a collection of experimental performance works that showcased emerging Los Angeles artists.

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An Interview with Elena Bajo by Maia Lee

Posted in guest blog posts, Institutional Partnerships, interviews on April 26, 2014 by eunok1
Elena Bajo, With Entheogenic Intent: Burn the Witch, closing performance. Photo: Andrew Chung.

Elena Bajo, With Entheogenic Intent: Burn the Witch, closing performance. Photo: Andrew Chung.

Elena Bajo’s process-oriented exhibition, With Entheogenic Intent: Burn the Witch, was on view from January 13 to March 28, 2014 at the 18th Street Arts Center. Bajo’s work, which “refuses the binary distinction between art and politics,” examines the layers of culture that culminate in the collective consciousness we inhabit and seek to interrogate us as artists. Bajo engaged professional labor and the constructs of Hollywood in this project, in which “human invention intersects with the trajectories of capital.” She describes the performance aspect of her work as “sculpture in motion,” movements to trigger different images and touch on the more painful hidden depths of the sociopolitical framework as experienced through the body.

Maia Lee: You are an international artist working in Los Angeles, culling inspiration from local histories and discourses. What brought you here and why do these sites intrigue you?

Elena Bajo: I’m a native of Madrid, Spain. I moved to New York in the late 90s following a desire to experience a different culture. I wanted to see if American movies reflect the real American culture; I wanted to experience this culture firsthand without mediation. The United States and capitalism were leading the world and I thought I had to be at the source of this happening, in terms of time and space. What I was experiencing in Spain was secondhand, same as in Europe—European governments were following capital, and the maximum exponent of capitalism was the U.S.

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Elena Bajo, With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch), finissage and performance, 18th Street Art Center, March 25, 2014: A Photo Essay by Andrew Chung

Posted in guest blog posts, Institutional Partnerships, photo essays on April 21, 2014 by andrewthephotog

From the event description:

“During the exhibition, With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch), the space will fluctuate constantly as an environment where new spells will be cast and new historical elements undertaken. Artist Lab Resident Elena Bajo simultaneously performs and investigates the ‘sculptural anarchive’ of suppressed political histories of the geopolitical context of California, using both anarchic structure and structured disorder as epistemological and ontological methods of performance research, becoming a Dadaist collage that creates new forms of alienation and aesthetic production.”

Elena Bajo's Performance

Elena Bajo's Performance

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Emily Mast, The Least Important Things, LACMA, March 29, 2014: A photo essay by Andrew Chung

Posted in guest blog posts, Institutional Partnerships, photo essays with tags , , , on April 8, 2014 by andrewthephotog

From the LACMA media alert:

“For The Least Important Things, Emily Mast selected a diverse range of works by Joan Brossa (1919–1998) which were written with the intention of being staged. Brossa was a Catalan poet, playwright, graphic designer, and visual artist who made work about the limitations of language and its material nature. His ‘stage poetry’ embraced incoherence, the everyday, and popular forms of entertainment such as magic, cabaret, and comedy routines. Brossa’s works are an integral part of the performances and were specially translated for the presentation at LACMA. The performances are staged throughout the LACMA campus in intermediate spaces that reflect Brossa and Mast’s interest in the undefined.”

Elena Bajo's Performance

Elena Bajo's Performance

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Introducing ART!’s first INTERNS

Posted in about this blog, guest blog posts, Institutional Partnerships on April 8, 2014 by Carol Cheh

This year, Another Righteous Transfer! is experimenting with institutional partnerships as a way to broaden the scope of this blog, incorporate new voices, and help mentor a new generation of arts writers. I am currently in talks with several local schools about ways to engage students with this blog, and if all goes well, the results should be rolling out slowly over the next year or two.

Artist and Otis College of Art and Design instructor Dorit Cypis got the ball rolling by accepting ART! as an internship site for her upper level undergraduate arts course in Public Engagement Skills. Thanks to Dorit, ART! has been working with Maia Lee, a painting and digital media major, and Andrew Chung, a photography major. Look for their contributions to the world of LA performance art writing, coming soon!