Sasha Ussef is a curatorial and urban planning graduate student at USC. She spent time in Beirut in the summer of 2013.
Sasha Ussef is a curatorial and urban planning graduate student at USC. She spent time in Beirut in the summer of 2013.
(spatial drum duo performance)
(solo, unamplified trumpet)
When the Ancients observed certain objects in the heavens which did not hold fixed positions like the stars around them, but rather moved along mysterious orbits of their own, they gave them the name of 'planetoi' or wanderers. Unlike our current conception of nine planets, seven planets were known at this time. As it was understood that all actions of the heavens were mirrored by occurences here on Earth, all knowledge at the time was organized in accordance with these 'wanderers' The humours, or fluids, which controlled human health and temperament; the properties of all known metals; the modes or scales which were used in the creation of music; and the division of time into weeks of seven days.
LaPorscha Wynne and Ossian Winningham are pleased to pay tribute to these seven Planets with the presentation of seven performances, each held on the sacred day of the Planet for which it was named. Our Series begins with three performances:
Monday, April 14th : The Moon
Tuesday, April 15th : Mars
Wednesday, April 16th : Mercury
The Series will be presented at Human Resources Gallery in Chinatown, Los Angeles with Performances beginning at 10 PM nightly.
Artist Bio: La Porscha Wynne
La Porscha is not an artist.
As a model or muse she transcends the visions with which she is provided and the desires of her employers to create a persoanl work of truth and beauty in an act of creative alchemy. Working from the disadvantaged position of an African American woman, viewed as a tool by those who would prefer to create mere commercial images in alliance with prevailing trends, she manages to express her essence against all odds to elevate the mundane to the sublime.
La Porscha sees everything as a base or a shell to reveal or extract a new entity from. Every object that was once readymade or "pret a porter' with a learned conceptual boundary is stripped to its bare element of utilitarian function. Like a prop of minimalist proportions it manifests into a sculptural creation where we see it for its singularity set also in its new identity as a part of a whole of an outfitted work of art. Utilizing the tradition of collage in a three dimensional context, La Porscha transforms herself and her tools into a work of living, dynamic sculpture.
Faced with a world which would distill her blackness, her sense of style, and the ineffable aspects of her sense of self; her every creative act must utilize an element of destruction in order that she may assert true self expression upon the ashes the ashes of that expression which is relentlessy both taken from and aggressively forced onto her.
She hopes that this show will inspire you to never accept the confines into which the so-called "art world" would force us, the true creative youth.
Artist Bio: Ossian Winningham
I began my main musical project, "Bleak End at Bernie's", in an environment resembling the artists salons of the aerly 20th century, where the presentation of concepts and performative trappings held equal if not greater footing than the music itself. An interest in the occult and the ritual context of Renaissance Magic began to inform these performances, until the point the point that I was presenting miniature works of musical theatre under the names "Castle Freak" and "Diving God", creating the music with a revolving cast of musical collaborators and transforming myself into symbolic characters on stage.
After studying "The Key of Solomon" I began to create invocations to Planetary Daemons on stage with the project " Voiheuristick Necromorph" in collaboration with the artist Lux Ananda. As these shows became more elaborate I began to feel a mounting frustration with the ephemeral nature of presenting work of this calibre within the context of a DIY Music Show.
"Seven Planets Seven Days" marks the first time that such work will be presented as performance art in the context of a gallery as opposed to a "music show"
With Artistic Collaboration from Michael Shawn and Three Moons
BETWEEN A ROCK & HARD PLASTIC: AESTHETICS OF THE ANTHROPOCENE
with Sylvère Lotringer, Heather Davis, and Etienne Turpin
Thursday 3 April, 2014, 7:30PM
In 2008, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power dumped 400,000 black plastic balls into the the Ivanhoe Resevoir to block out the sunlight, which was said to be causing the formation of carcinogenic bromate in the water. Although bromide is naturally present in groundwater and chlorine is used to kill bacteria, sunlight created the conditions for potentially lethal consequences for the 600,000 customers in downtown and South Los Angeles served by the resevoir. With the addition of 3 million more black balls in the following months, the LADWP battled against the sunlight as it undertook a new, massive earthwork-a 55 million gallon underground reinforced concrete tank, stretching over 7 acres, and hidden by a landscaped park-as a buried replacement resevoir to eliminate bothe Silver Lake and the Ivanhoe Resevoir, which, as "open air" water storage sites, were said to be obsolete.
Covering the resevoir with millions of polyethylene balls as a stopgap measure to prevent the production of carcinogenic compounds while hastening to reduce whole ecosystems to mechanical, subterranean tanks suggests a few of the unintentional aesthetic maneuvers revealed in the Anthropocene. How does our understanding of human "intention" change as we enter the era of Anthropocene? What does the shift demand from contemporary artistic and curatorial practices? What conceits does the this transformation demand from our aesthetic regimes? Art in the Anthropocene editors Heather Davis and Etienne Turpin will discuss the aesthetic implications of the Anthropocene with Sylvère Lotringer by considering the relative mineralogy and plasticity of recent installation, video, and literary works.
Confetti Confidential is an exhibition about the bonds generated and strengthened through shared moments of creation. The exhibition showcases the varied work of five friends who met in design school and hold a weekly collage evening. Through the process of cooking, eating, discussing and making, they have created a body of work that represents friendship and intimacy, as well as a dedication to personal expression, material exploration, and artistic discovery. Please join us as we celebrate and contemplate the unfolding of these poetic evenings.
Confetti Confidential is work by Laura Bernstein, Lucy Cook, Ania Diakoff, Kate Johnston and Julie Moon.
The exhibition opens April 1, 2014 at Human Resources in Chinatown, Los Angeles.
April 5 from 7-9 pm: Party with food and drinks by Eden's Herbals
April 8, from 8-10 pm: Closing evening of collage-making, open to the public
For twenty-one consecutive hours, artist Anthony Bodlović will be holding a psychic and interactive space. Based on his doctoral research in Culture and Performance Studies, and his work as both an educator and art therapist, this durational event is part confessional, part group process, and part imaginative play. The demarcated stage to which he will be confined becomes a space for projection and experimentation. Between stories and diversions examining the concept of faith, audience members will be invited to cross the stage line to join in experiential activities, or to continue to lie amongst the pillows, engaging and disengaging with the space. Featuring special guest artist Michael G. Bauer. Participants may come and go as they wish, but are encouraged to bring supplies to settle in for the entire performance.
PARADIGM OF THE PRECIPICE: DEAD HIPPIE
Esoterica by Sylvie Spencer
The Fool is both the beginning and the end, neither and otherwise, betwixt and between, liminal.
The number 0 is a perfect significator for the Fool, as it can become anything when he reaches his destination as in the sense of 'joker's wild'. Zero plus anything equals the same thing. Zero times anything equals zero. Zero is nothing, a lack of hard substance, and as such it may reflect a non-issue or lack of cohesiveness for the subject at hand.
As Card 0, the Fool lies at the beginning of the major arcana, but also somewhat apart from the other cards. In medieval courts, the court jester was someone who was not expected to follow the same rules as others. He could observe and then poke fun. This makes the Fool unpredictable and full of surprises. He reminds us of the unlimited potential and spontaneity inherent in every moment. There is a sense with this card that anything goes - nothing is certain or regular. What may posit itself as art may simply be craft, what may posit itself as handmade may be structured by machine, the old collaged to form new, but most curiously, that which posits itself as something may simply be nothing at all.
The Fool also represents the complete faith that life is good and worthy of trust. Some might call the Fool too innocent, but his innocence sustains him and brings him joy.
MARCH 27th • HUMAN RESOURCES
ONE NIGHT ONLY
Performances by GENEVA JACUZZI, DIVA DOMPE,
GX JUPITTER-LARSEN & AFTER HOURS
Hosted by EXPERIMENTAL HALF-HOUR
Screening + Q&A with Jumana Manna and Sille Storihle moderated byRijin Sahakian
Curated by Shoghig Halajian
The Goodness Regime (21 mins, 2013) is a film written and directed collaboratively by the artists Jumana Manna and Sille Storihle. With the help of a cast of children, the film investigates the foundations of the ideology and self-image of modern Norway – from the Crusades, via the adventures of Fridtjof Nansen and the trauma of wartime occupation, to the diplomatic theatre of the Oslo Peace Accords.
The Goodness Regime was shot in Norway and Palestine, and combines the children's performances with archive sound recordings (including US President Bill Clinton speaking at the signing of the Oslo Accords, and Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik's New Year address to the Norwegian people in 2000) and new documentary footage filmed on location. In the course of their research, Manna and Storihle interviewed Ron Pundak, one of the Israeli architects of the Oslo back-channel talks, and Hanan Ashrawi, the former Palestine Liberation Organisation spokeswoman; the film premiered at Kunsthall Oslo exactly twenty years after the conclusion and signing of the Oslo Agreement by Israel and the P.L.O. in August and September 1993.
Dorian Wood returns with his newly-reconfigured chamber orchestra for two nights only, March 21 and 22, at Human Resources in Chinatown, Los Angeles. The performances will take place inside a monumental-scale installation entitled "Deflated/Defeated". Designed by artist Jacqueline Bell Johnson, the sculptural environment is inspired by the mythology behind Dorian's latest album, Rattle Rattle: a document of the end-times as triggered by the appearance of thousands of elephants in the sky. During designated moments throughout the evening, audience members will be invited to experience the performance from different points within the installation.
General Admission: $15
Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/590145
18 and over only, please
Space is limited. Doors open at 7:30PM. Performances will commence at 8:30PM SHARP on each night. NOTE: Due to the intimate, acoustic nature of the performances, late arrivals will not be admitted into the space. Please arrive early.
Dorian Wood + Rattle Rattle Chamber Orchestra:
Dorian Wood: vocal
Danny Graziani: conductor/arranger
Michael Corwin: guitar
Leah "Daddy" Harmon: vocal/accordion
Madeline Falcone: violin
Cosima Luther: violin
Eric KM Clark: violin
Paul Cartwright: violin
Cassia Streb: viola
Christopher Votek: cello
Betsy Rettig: cello
Myka Miller: oboe
Juli Crockett: choir vocal
Julie Carpenter: choir vocal
Lisa Dee: choir vocal
Ryan Leigh Seaton: choir vocal
GEYZERZ features musicians Caleb Benjamin, Kelly Coats, Nick DeWitt, Kathleen Kim, Giles Miller, Alexandra Lippman, Eamon Ore-Giron and others in a performance activated by footage of Yellowstone's most well-known and reliable geyser captured on September 2, 2010 at 6:51 p.m. In this 29-minute video, Old Faithful spurts minor puffs of steam and water as the setting sun tints the sky from light blue to mauve to violet. Finally, Old Faithful launches into a powerful eruption 7 minutes long. Musicians will perform a live soundtrack while vocalists standing in the audience will 'sing' at the peak of the eruption. If at this point, the audience is seduced into joining the sonic outbreak , the room could become a kinetic eruption of its own. All are welcome to let off some steam in the dance party to follow.
A public, open conversation on the intersection of performance, Hollywood, and the contemporary art world - featuring Angeleno scholars, critics, working actors and performance artists. Inspired by Carol Cheh's reporting in the LA Weekly and a particularly great thread on Glenn Phillips's FB page.Jennifer Doyle returns to HRLA after 6 months in London to moderate and provoke.
March 8 - 7PM
Liberty is everything when it necessitates a love for a human
a performance by The--family (with Sjoerd Dijk and Wojciech Kosma)
in conjunction with the exhibition Drowning and swallowing this text, opening March 13 at LACE
at best the contradictions are contemplated,
but it promises a child badassness intersecting you
and real time coinciding with the summoned time.
liberty is everything
when it necessitates a love for a human
of the kind that grants nothing outside of presence,
since shit gets as real
as your living way a faithful copy of it
The--family consists of collaborators who relate to one another transparently and intimately in an ongoing performative practice that creates a collective reality – at times theatrical, yet hardly staged.
The--family performs regularly in Berlin and occasionally where some of the performers are based, including Los Angeles.
Please note: Doors close promptly at 7PM with no late entries. The performance runs approximately two hours.
Information on the exhibition:
Drowning and swallowing this text
Curated by Shoghig Halajian and Suzy M. Halajian
LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)
6522 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles 90028
Opening March 13, 2014, 7-10PM
Exhibition run March 14-April 20, 2014
with Math Bass, A.K. Burns, Ana Hoffner, Joan Jonas, Tala Madani, MPA, Virginia Poundstone, Laure Prouvost, Mounira Al Solh, Jill Spector, Lawrence Weiner and The--family (organized by Wojciech Kosma).
For more information, visit www.welcometolace.org.
Yellowstoner is both the title for Pearl C. Hsiung's solo exhibition and for the video work that will be premiered at Human Resources. In the fall of 2010, with the help of a USA Projects grant, Hsiung traveled to Yellowstone National Park. The resulting video follows the journey of a lone character moving through the geothermal features, waterfalls, and vast landscapes of the park. Hsiung composed a free-form musical score in collaboration with musicians Kelly Coats, Kathleen Kim, Scott Martin, and Coady Willis.
David Fierman of Louis B. James and PRINT ALL OVER ME are proud to present PURPLE & GOLD, a capsule collection of athletic wear designed by queer artists in response to the 2014 Sochi Olympics and Russia’s recent anti-gay legislation, with all proceeds benefitting the Russian LGBT Network.
Participating artists include: Aay Kay Burns, Liz Collins, Dynasty Handbag and Allison Michael Orenstein, Deric Carner, T.M. Davy , Christian Dietkus, Scott Hug, Nikki Katsikas, Casey Legler, Kalup Linzy, Michael Mahalchick, Ryan McNamara, Robert Melee, Lucas Michael, Wardell Milan, Slava Mogutin, David Mramor, Jack Pierson, Colin Self, David Benjamin Sherry, and Ginger Brooks Takahashi.
The tracksuits are for sale here !
The event will be at Human Resources on 2/23, 7-9 PM, the day of the closing ceremony of the games. Performance by Dynasty Handbag !
If you want to model a track suit in LOS ANGELES message me !
About the Russian LGBT Network:
The Russian LGBT Network is an interregional, non-governmental human rights organization that promotes equal rights and respect for human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. We unite and develop regional initiatives, advocacy groups (at both national and international levels), and provide social and legal services.
For more information please visit http://www.lgbtnet.ru/en.
Do you feel it?
statistical vortex pivots
on my cool faux silver buttons
… through my unique pulpy fingers.
just like everyone else.
R. Lyon is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in New York. He will be delivering a suite of performances at Human Resources starting at 9pm Friday February 21st.
9:00 pm The Limits of Perception and The Rectangular Frame #1
(7min) Single channel participatory video with floor seating.
Composition for spectators, electronic iris and mechanical window blinds.
9:15 pm The Limits of Perception and The Rectangular Frame #3
(43 min) The history of noise heard through futurism, probability theory and the thermonuclear bomb. Slow motion saga via Google's predictive search engine, burning hair, firecrackers and Vaseline.
10:00 pm The Limits of Perception and The Rectangular Frame #5
(8 min) 30 remotely controlled toy helicopters, one controller.
for more information irlyon.com