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Mystery Picnic Cafe & Closing Performances

July 19, 2008 at 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Modeled after cafes in the Pacific Northwest D.I.Y. communities and historically referencing prohibition speakeasies, the cafe will use word of mouth to draw participants to a donation based picnic café, set up in and outside of TELIC. Paloma Parfrey will be recreating traditional picnic foods while Katie Byron reinvents what a picnic means through an installation. There will be performances throughout the day and into the evening evening. Donations will be requested for drinks. Performances will begin at 6pm.

Performers for this event:
christina billotte with laura lazarus
david scott stone
horse thieves (alex maslansky & brie turner o’banion)
jackson baugh
big swell (a performance by sam cooper)

About the performers:

christina billotte. best known for her bands autoclave, slant 6 and quixotic. she will be performing with laura lazarus at mystery picnic cafe july 19, 4-9pm.

david scott stone (sometimes referred to as sir dss) is a musician who has recorded and toured with the melvins, unwound, fantômas, the locust, jello biafra, keiji haino, mike patton, adam jones (tool), merzbow, masonna, big business, no age, joe lally and others. recently, (2007-2008) dss has released a record of all modular synthesizer music on “plays the modular synthesizer”, toured italy with joe lally (fugazi) and the sads, is working on a record with anna oxygen, formed the project the sads in early 2007 with musicians aaron rose, dan monick and aska matsumiya. sir dss will be performing at the mystery picnic cafe on july 19, 4-9pm

jackson baugh has been contributing to Los Angeles’ punk underground since a teenager. the guitarist for notorious bands like silver daggers and soddamn inssein, he has also found time for displaying his visual arts, reading his writing and of course the art of pissing on authority with his social activism amongst other things. he will be reading one of his many stories that circumnavigate excess, imaginary friends and procrastination at the mystery picnic cafe july 19, 4-9pm.

big swell is sound from the fourth dimension, channeled by two white octopuses. hail! performance by sam cooper, reel-to-reel, moog, 4-track at the mystery picnic cafe july 19, 4-9pm.

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Dinner Theater Night #2

July 13, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Sorry, both Dinner Theater Nights are full!

“This evening will explore privilege, exclusivity and economy, by requiring attendants to bring a delicious dish (potluck style) as an entrance fee, which will then get “redistributed” by our food servers as a five-course meal. Much like the previous evening, (but with some twists and turns), we will similarly explore eating rituals, formalities and traditions. The meal will be a surprise to everyone and performances will be scattered throughout the night. This evening is FREE if you sign up in advance () & commit to bringing a dish to contribute towards the group meal. There are limited seats for this event so sign up now! Donations will be requested for drinks.”
- Tamala Poljak and Anna Oxygen

Performers for this evening:
sarah paul ocampo
mecca vazie andrews
cathy de la cruz
steve gregoropoulos
the all girl comb choir
lindsay beamish
david p earle
paloma parfrey
claire mckeown
john hogan
katie shook w/ eric lindley

About the performers:

sarah paul ocampo is an artist and musician. she is the creator of advanced beginner, a rock cabaret act, the director of the all girl comb choir and a founding member of the literary performing arts group the typing explosion. sarah paul will be hosting the dinner theater on july 12 & 13. rumour has it she will don a new costume for every dish served.

mecca vazie andrews’ film and stage credits include RENT, mtv movie awards, hysterica dance company, commonality dance company, grammy’s with david la chapelle, sony industrials, vh1’s showgirl bootcamp, american apparel. she recently completed work on the disney film, bedtime stories starring adam sandler. mecca can been seen in the february 2008 issue of dance spirit with hysterica dance company. her work is spoken very highly of in street scene and arthur magazine. mecca has been was interviewed by loudmouth magazine for her performance troupe the movement MOVEMENT. she choreographed singer/songwriter eleni mandell’s video dis moi and completed a collaboration with ‘a family finds entertainment’ director ryan trecartin for his most recent film ‘i be area’ in which she also performs. she premiered her piece, home of the noble at the john anson ford ampitheatre for hysterica dance companies, hysterica x. mecca is pleased to call this her second occasion working with LACDC. her first being modern myths and monsters this past spring in which she created a contemporary ballet, the wagon train Is divided. mecca vazie andrews teaches contemporary jazz at edge performing arts center, creative movement at gramercy park and jazz 3 at loyola marymount university. mecca will be performing at the dinner theater july 12 & 13.

steve gregoropoulos. born new london, connecticut. studied with charles whittenberg, dick strawser and richard hoffmann, plays in lavender diamond & w.a.c.o., writes classical music for working people, makes pop records & produces records, arranges for various good people like devon williams & moon upstairs. believes composing and performing should be regular manual labor. steve & others will be performing at the dinner theater july 12 & 13.

the all girl comb choir. sarah paul ocampo is the mastermind behind and features erin smith, jessica pregnolato, andromeda dunker, julie g, sara forrest and other girls from the neighborhood, playing popular rock music on the comb, fly swatter, magazine, bottles and buckets. inspired by the field recordings of alan lomax in 1959 and the desire to create art out of the everyday. the all girl comb choir has played at kreiling and dodd and the hyperion tavern and most recently performed the national anthem for the los angeles roller derby. they will be performing some songs at the dinner theater july 12 & 13.

lindsay beamish is an actress, dancer, artist, and writer living in los angeles. As an actress, she has worked with noted directors such as john cameron mitchell, miranda july, and crispin glover. she had a lead role in mitchell’s film shortbus, which premiered at the 2006 cannes film festival, and garnered cast nominations in noted venues, including the gotham film festival. her dance company, the leg and pants dans theatre, for which she is the primary choreographer, recently completed a tour with the acclaimed band deerhoof, and has performed at such venues/events as the knitting factory (nyc and la), the bowery ballroom, ladyfest san francisco, and arthur ball los angeles. as an experimental filmmaker, her work has been shown at the south by southwest film festival, the new york underground film festival, and released on dvd by indie stalwart record label kill rock stars. as a writer, her work has appeared in a number of underground publishing contexts, and has recently been issued in a compilation by aaron cometbus. lindsay will be doing some mysterious performance at the dinner theater july 12 & 13.

cathy de la cruz is a filmmaker, animator, writer, zine-maker and dj currently living south of los angeles. cathy has summer plans to work on her animated MFA film, teach young women how to make movies, screen her films, dj some art openings, give some readings, help with some film festivals, teach a college class on science fiction films, travel a whole bunch and go to the beach a lot. cathy has been an assistant to filmmaker hal hartley and writer, eileen myles. every week, she co-hosts a feminist film review podcast, called show me your titles which can be found at www.showmeyourtitles.com cathy will be reading at the dinner theater july 12 &13.

claire mckeown was born years ago in belfast, northern ireland. she emigrated to los angeles back in the regan years and for some reason has remained here. she must like it or something. she has been studying and performing opera for the last 14 years, but recently, after what can only be described as a total mental breakdown (possibly just a nervous break down… she’s been known to exaggerate), started to compose her own music. currently she is melding her two favorite musical worlds, opera and rock n roll, in two projects afternoons and dirt bird. claire will be performing “a few of the best songs in the entire world, ever” at the dinner theater july 12 & 13.

david p. earle is an artist and writer living in los angeles. he will be performing his piece “back story” at the dinner theater july 12-13. “back story” is either a play or a short story or a radio drama.

john p. hogan is a los angeles-based artist whose work takes shape primarily in drawing and performance. recently, hogan performed a one-man show entitled *friars and bacchae in conflict* at david patton los angeles. he is currently working on recording and mixing the soundtrack for *the Island of florida: a foundation myth*; a musical written with his art-rock band, ponce de leon. in the fall he plans to write and perform in a weekly live musical mini-series to at machine project in echo park. hogan´s work, be it performance, rock opera, or drawing, regularly deals with issues of imperialism, colonization, and sexual repression, usually from the point of view of those being imperialist and doing the colonizing and repressing. john will be performing “writing the memoir”, the opening number from the island of florida: a foundation myth, a musical written with his band, ponce de leon at the dinner theater july 12 & 13.

Dinner Theater Night #1

July 12, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Sorry, both Dinner Theater Nights are full!

“This evening will explore the tradition of dinner theater, ritual, and expectations around eating formalities. It will also examine how performance and eating might act as a catalyst to bring people together in interesting ways. Los angeles’ infamous, D.I.T. (do-it-together) cook and singer/artist, Paloma Parfrey, will serve a delicious, vegetarian, gourmet meal (see menu) and set designer/installation artist, Katie Byron, will create an authentic eating environment for participants. the courses will be scattered with performances and mystery activities. There will be limited seats for this event so reserve your seat now!”
- Tamala Poljak and Anna Oxygen

Menu:
note: this menu is designed vegetarian but can easily be vegan upon request. wine can be substituted for nonalcoholic wine. all the dishes are fresh and hand crafted. please let us know if you have food allergies in advance.

appetizer
watercress & home cured goat cheese {lebni}
on a dehydrated quinoa cracker
served with white wine

2nd course
chilled macadamia nut thyme soup

3rd course
dandelion & arugala salad
tossed with caramelized walnuts in a savory strawberry syrup
served with a light red wine

4th course / entree
pommes anna
baked tomato in a “cream” sauce
garlic greens
served with merlot

5th course
heirloom tomato watercress salad in a thyme veganaise dressing

dessert
tofu chocolate mouse with a whipped topping and fresh blackberries
served with a shot of coffee

in conclusion, for optimal digestion
chilled fresh mint tea and a sliver of papaya soaked in fresh grapefruit juice

Performers for this evening:
sarah paul ocampo
mecca vazie andrews
cathy de la cruz
becky stark
christopher wonder
steve gregoropoulos
the all girl comb choir
lindsay beamish
david p earle
claire mckeown
john hogan
tara tavi

About the performers:

sarah paul ocampo is an artist and musician. she is the creator of advanced beginner, a rock cabaret act, the director of the all girl comb choir and a founding member of the literary performing arts group the typing explosion. sarah paul will be hosting the dinner theater on july 12 & 13. rumour has it she will don a new costume for every dish served.

mecca vazie andrews’ film and stage credits include RENT, mtv movie awards, hysterica dance company, commonality dance company, grammy’s with david la chapelle, sony industrials, vh1’s showgirl bootcamp, american apparel. she recently completed work on the disney film, bedtime stories starring adam sandler. mecca can been seen in the february 2008 issue of dance spirit with hysterica dance company. her work is spoken very highly of in street scene and arthur magazine. mecca has been was interviewed by loudmouth magazine for her performance troupe the movement MOVEMENT. she choreographed singer/songwriter eleni mandell’s video dis moi and completed a collaboration with ‘a family finds entertainment’ director ryan trecartin for his most recent film ‘i be area’ in which she also performs. she premiered her piece, home of the noble at the john anson ford ampitheatre for hysterica dance companies, hysterica x. mecca is pleased to call this her second occasion working with LACDC. her first being modern myths and monsters this past spring in which she created a contemporary ballet, the wagon train Is divided. mecca vazie andrews teaches contemporary jazz at edge performing arts center, creative movement at gramercy park and jazz 3 at loyola marymount university. mecca will be performing at the dinner theater july 12 & 13.

steve gregoropoulos. born new london, connecticut. studied with charles whittenberg, dick strawser and richard hoffmann, plays in lavender diamond & w.a.c.o., writes classical music for working people, makes pop records & produces records, arranges for various good people like devon williams & moon upstairs. believes composing and performing should be regular manual labor. steve & others will be performing at the dinner theater july 12 & 13.

the all girl comb choir. sarah paul ocampo is the mastermind behind and features erin smith, jessica pregnolato, andromeda dunker, julie g, sara forrest and other girls from the neighborhood, playing popular rock music on the comb, fly swatter, magazine, bottles and buckets. inspired by the field recordings of alan lomax in 1959 and the desire to create art out of the everyday. the all girl comb choir has played at kreiling and dodd and the hyperion tavern and most recently performed the national anthem for the los angeles roller derby. they will be performing some songs at the dinner theater july 12 & 13.

lindsay beamish is an actress, dancer, artist, and writer living in los angeles. As an actress, she has worked with noted directors such as john cameron mitchell, miranda july, and crispin glover. she had a lead role in mitchell’s film shortbus, which premiered at the 2006 cannes film festival, and garnered cast nominations in noted venues, including the gotham film festival. her dance company, the leg and pants dans theatre, for which she is the primary choreographer, recently completed a tour with the acclaimed band deerhoof, and has performed at such venues/events as the knitting factory (nyc and la), the bowery ballroom, ladyfest san francisco, and arthur ball los angeles. as an experimental filmmaker, her work has been shown at the south by southwest film festival, the new york underground film festival, and released on dvd by indie stalwart record label kill rock stars. as a writer, her work has appeared in a number of underground publishing contexts, and has recently been issued in a compilation by aaron cometbus. lindsay will be doing some mysterious performance at the dinner theater july 12 & 13.

cathy de la cruz is a filmmaker, animator, writer, zine-maker and dj currently living south of los angeles. cathy has summer plans to work on her animated MFA film, teach young women how to make movies, screen her films, dj some art openings, give some readings, help with some film festivals, teach a college class on science fiction films, travel a whole bunch and go to the beach a lot. cathy has been an assistant to filmmaker hal hartley and writer, eileen myles. every week, she co-hosts a feminist film review podcast, called show me your titles which can be found at www.showmeyourtitles.com cathy will be reading at the dinner theater july 12 &13.

claire mckeown was born years ago in belfast, northern ireland. she emigrated to los angeles back in the regan years and for some reason has remained here. she must like it or something. she has been studying and performing opera for the last 14 years, but recently, after what can only be described as a total mental breakdown (possibly just a nervous break down… she’s been known to exaggerate), started to compose her own music. currently she is melding her two favorite musical worlds, opera and rock n roll, in two projects afternoons and dirt bird. claire will be performing “a few of the best songs in the entire world, ever” at the dinner theater july 12 & 13.

david p. earle is an artist and writer living in los angeles. he will be performing his piece “back story” at the dinner theater july 12-13. “back story” is either a play or a short story or a radio drama.

john p. hogan is a los angeles-based artist whose work takes shape primarily in drawing and performance. recently, hogan performed a one-man show entitled *friars and bacchae in conflict* at david patton los angeles. he is currently working on recording and mixing the soundtrack for *the Island of florida: a foundation myth*; a musical written with his art-rock band, ponce de leon. in the fall he plans to write and perform in a weekly live musical mini-series to at machine project in echo park. hogan´s work, be it performance, rock opera, or drawing, regularly deals with issues of imperialism, colonization, and sexual repression, usually from the point of view of those being imperialist and doing the colonizing and repressing. john will be performing “writing the memoir”, the opening number from the island of florida: a foundation myth, a musical written with his band, ponce de leon at the dinner theater july 12 & 13.

Conversations That Never Happened

June 28, 2008 6:00 pm to July 19, 2008

Conversations plate

Tamala Poljak and Anna Oxygen have organized an exhibition that incorporates photography, performance, installation, food, and video within various forms of collective consumption - two nights of dinner theater, a temporary cafe, simultaneous TV dinners.

The point of departure for “Conversations That Never Happened” is a series of 200 photographic portraits that Poljak made in her kitchen while dining individually with her friends and neighbors. As a group, the photographs might remind us of “friend lists” on MySpace and Facebook, where sociality is expressed in serial form (as a grid of pictures or a list of comments and testimonials). Do these grids and lists refer to communities? And if so, how do communities relate to their own representations? Over the next few weeks, many of the people depicted in the portraits will be animated through the exhibition: they will eat dinner at TELIC; they will perform as dancers, writers, actors, magicians, comedians…; they will prepare and serve food.

At the opening reception on Saturday, the artists will be serving custom-made pancakes (with shapes made to order!) and fancy drinks; David Scott Stone will do a 3 hour ambient set.

Over the next three weeks:

July 9 - TV Dinner Night
July 12 - Dinner Theater Night #1
July 13 - Dinner Theater Night #2
July 19 - Mystery Picnic Cafe & Closing Performances

Participating artists and performers include: The All Girl Comb Choir, Mecca Vazie Andrews, Jackson Baugh, Lindsay Beamish, Big Swell (Sam Cooper), Christina Billotte, Katie Byron, Cathy de la Cruz, David P Earle, Steve Gregoropoulos, John Hogan, Horse Thieves (Alex Maslansky & Brie Turner O’Banion), Laura Lazarus, Eric Lindley, Claire Mckeown, Sarah Paul Ocampo, Anna Oxygen, Paloma Parfrey, Tamala Poljak, Katie Shook, Becky Stark, David Scott Stone, Tara Tavi, Christopher Wonder.
[ about the artists ]

For the most up to date details, see http://www.conversationsthatneverhappened.com/

To purchase photographs by Tamala Poljak, [ click here ].

Jane Goodall and The Wild Chimpanzees

May 24, 2008 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Acting Like an Animal

 

A live performance of “Jane Goodall and The Wild Chimpanzees” will be staged at TELIC Arts Exchange as part of Primate Cinema, an ongoing project by Rachel Mayeri. The 20 minute performance will be preceded by talks by primatologists on the topic of acting in the animal kingdom, and a screening of Mayeri’s video “Primate Cinema: Baboons as Friends.” The event is free and open to everyone.

Schedule:
7:00 Lecture
8:00 Screening
8:30 Performance

Jane Goodall and The Wild Chimpanzees
“Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees” is a BBC Nature documentary, produced in 1996, chronicling the lives of the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania. Perhaps the most studied wild chimpanzees in the world, Fifi, Freud, Frodo, Ferdinand and Faustino are celebrities who have their own website and home movies. In the documentary, British primatologist Jane Goodall describes the family saga, with brothers vying for dominance, as a soap opera. Through Goodall’s eyes, we witness the construction of the contemporary meaning of “our closest relatives.”

The live performance Jane Goodall and The Wild Chimpanzees explores what it means to be animal, and how documentary dramatizes nature. The troop includes: Suzan Averitt, Claire Cronin, Penny Folger, Estela Garcia, Dave Johnson, Diane Lefer, Adam Overton, and Joe Seeley. This performance is one of a series of experiments developed in the 3-week workshop, How to Act Like an Animal (for more information about the workshop, visit http://thepublicschool.org/105/how-to-act-like-an-animal/).

Primatologists Deborah Forster and Rebecca Frank on Acting in the Animal Kingdom
Forster’s talk will be on the how and why of acting and motor mimicry in the animal kingdom, examining videos of “walking” octopuses, painting elephants, and aping orangutans. Frank, who researches female social behavior and cooperation, will analyze the group dynamics of a Reality TV show.

Primate Cinema Workshop: How to Act like an Animal

May 4, 2008 at 2:00 pm to 5:00 pmMay 5, 2008 at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This workshop is offered through The Public School, and you can sign up for it at http://thepublicschool.org/105/how-to-act-like-an-animal/

What:
A performance workshop exploring primate communication and social organization leading to a videotaped nature documentary, part of the Primate Cinema series. Participants will watch video clips of animal behavior in the wild and in cinema, learn about primatology, and engage in physical theater techniques and improvisation.

When:
Meeting 1: Sunday May 4, 2-5 PM,
Meeting 2: Monday, May 5, 6-9 PM,
Two-four other meetings in May to be determined on May 4 meeting.
Live performance/shoot: May 24
Screening of completed video: June 11-22 at TELIC
Participants need not attend all meetings, but commitment is important.

Who:
Rachel Mayeri, artist and media studies professor, is organizing the workshop as part of her research and video production at TELIC. Deborah Forster is a cognitive scientist who has worked with primates at the San Diego Zoo, and has studied wild baboons in Kenya. Alyssa Ravenwood is a physical theater director, performer, and mask-maker. Biographies of workshop leaders are below.

How:
With video clips of wildlife documentaries and Hollywood movies, we will explore media representations of human and nonhuman primate “nature.” Forster will discuss how primates and other animals perform social organization and communication, covering a range of perspectives from behavioral ecology and sociology to cognitive science. Ravenwood will show how commedia dell’ arte and other theatrical traditions have found animals a source of inspiration for personality and movement. Performers will explore animal behavior and society through warm-ups, group exercises, and improvisational games.

Why:
Participants will expand acting and social skills by learning about animal behavior. This is a rare chance to be involved in an interdisciplinary project creating dialogue around art, science and politics. Exploring alternative social organization could lead to world peace…or at least to comedy. Participants will be festooned with food and a DVD of the completed project. And you get to act like monkeys.

Where:
TELIC Arts Exchange (Field Station Hollywood for the month of May), 975 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012;
Map and directions

How to Participate:
Free, open to everyone, performance experience is a plus.
RSVP Rachel.Mayeri -at- gmail -dot- com if you are interested in participating and come to the first meeting.
Workshop will be videotaped and used as part of completed nature documentary.

Biographies:
Deborah Forster
Trained in behavioral ecology and cognitive science at UCSD, Forster spent many years studying wild baboons in Kenya and worked with other primates at the San Diego Zoo. She has done design-context research and organizational development consulting at Nissan Design America. She is currently teaching cognitive science to architects at Woodbury University in San Diego, and is contributing to a studio course led by Teddy Cruz at Harvard Graduate School of Design, to build housing in Nicaragua.

Alyssa Ravenwood
An award winning physical theatre director, performer and mask designer. Artistic Director of the new Los Angeles mask troupe, Ravenwood Performance Group. A graduate of the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre. She also studied Clowning with Sue Morrison at the Canadian Clown Institute and Commedia with Ole Brekke of The Denmark Commedia School.

Rachel Mayeri
Los Angeles-based artist working at the intersection of science and art, her videos, installations, and writing projects explore scientific representation in topics ranging from the history of special effects to the human animal. Shown at Los Angeles Filmforum, ZKM in Karlsruhe, and P.S.1/MoMA in New York, Mayeri is a guest curator of the Museum of Jurassic Technology and Associate Professor of Media Studies at Harvey Mudd College.

Time-Based Conceptual Art Symposium

April 19, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Symposium Postcard !!!

TELIC presents a symposium on time-based conceptual art at UCLA with the Department of Design | Media Arts and basjanader.com. This symposium is held in conjunction with our exhibition, Gravity Art. It is free and open to the public.

Two artists from the exhibition will speak: Guido van der Werve and Marco Schuler.

The curator of the exhibition, Rene Daalder, will give a short talk about Gerry Schum’s film Identifications, which will then be screened.

At the end of the evening, Seven Easy Pieces by Marina Abramovic will be screened for the first time in Los Angeles.

Here is the schedule:

3:00 - Opening reception
3:30 - Introduction by Rene Daalder
4:00 - Marco Schuler presentation
5:00 - Guido van der Werve presentation
6:15 - Screening of Identifications by Gerry Schum
7:15 - Screening of Seven Easy Pieces by Marina Abramovic

Location:

EDA (on the ground floor, next to the elevators)
Broad Art Center, UCLA
[ directions ]

Map to Broad Art Center at UCLA

This exhibition is made possible in part with support from the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam, the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and basjanader.com.

Mondriaan Foundation

Erik Wesselo

April 26, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Erik Wesselo riding a windmill

Erik Wesselo (1964 ’s-Hertogenbosch Netherlands) makes films that are marked by a clear beginning and end, but in between everything stays the same. Wesselo uses film, the medium of the moving image to bring time to a standstill. For the duration of the film he tries to capture the viewer with this one image. He uses the camera as a parallel to his psychological experience. The tragic moments in the films coalesce with their liberating potential.

The following is the program for Wesselo’s presentation:

Introduction.

Backward (1997 16 mm 5.00 min color sound) is an extremely physical film where the artist is riding on a galloping horse back to front exploring his relation with the environment.

In Luxembourg (1997 16 mm 3.35 min color sound) we see the smartly dressed artist as the bored caretaker of an empty, wealthy home where he walks from room to room. When he leans on the balcony a reverse zoom reveals the outside of the house, then the fact that it is surrounded by a gang of bikers. In a reference to Easy rider and it’s ideal, the freedom of the open road, the bikers come a cross here as a mental projection.

Wesselo’s Düffels Möll (1997 16 mm 5.00 min color mute) begins in medias res Wesselo is bound to the sail of a windmill rotating swiftly counterclockwise. By binding himself to the blade of the windmill, the artist is simultaneously empowered and powerless. Flying through the air at great heights he experiences the rush of being able to survey his surroundings from a new perspective.

Break.

Oil (2000 16 mm 30.00 min) records a performance event in which the artist and a co-worker are engaged in a monotonous and backbreaking task of loading a shipping container with boxes of oil. The film begins with an empty container and ends when the containers is full and the “actors” no longer have a performance space.

Break.

In Battery Park City (2006 two channel video projection 7.00 min color sound) Wesselo himself does not appear unlike the other films where he uses performances to explore structurally his relationship with the environment. In Battery Park City we see the camera exploring and investigating the landscape of lower Manhattan after the event of 9/11.

End.

This exhibition is made possible in part with support from the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam, the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and basjanader.com.

Mondriaan Foundation

Gravity Art

March 1, 2008 6:00 pm to April 26, 2008

Image courtesy of the estate of Bas Jan Ader

 

TELIC Arts Exchange becomes a lab for the production of a new genre of art from March 1 through April 26. In light of recent cultural developments, video art, performance art, and conceptual art no longer seem like esoteric, avant-garde enterprises. Social networking and content distribution platforms, such as YouTube, suggest that these forms are becoming normative modes of public address and interaction.

Gravity Art, curated by filmmaker Rene Daalder, is an exhibition that retroactively proposes a genre based on the idea of gravity as a medium. Operating in relation to Daalder’s documentary on Bas Jan Ader, Here is Always Somewhere Else, and his website basjanader.com, this exhibition brings together several generations of conceptual artists through the unlikely, but perfectly obvious conceit of gravity.

One dominant theme of Gravity Art is an interrogation of the legacy of Bas Jan Ader, the conceptual artist from the Netherlands who found himself in various art schools in Southern California in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. The exhibition itself follows this trajectory: an exhibition at De Appel co-curated by Daalder in Amsterdam called Gravity in Art was a point of departure for this show at TELIC; many of the artists are Dutch; and Daalder himself emigrated from the Netherlands to Los Angeles around the same time as Ader.

Gravity Art features work by are Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Monsieur Moo, Johanna Billing, Slater Bradley, Lonnie van Brummelen, Daniel Devlin, Gino de Dominicis, Hege Dons Samset, Friedrich Kunath, Gavin Maitland, Ari Marcopoulos, Liza May Post, Willem de Ridder, Pipilotti Rist, Fernando Sanchez, Wim Schippers and Wim Vanderlinden, Richard Serra, Pascual Sisto, Stelarc, Marco Schuler, Joel Tauber, Jacob Tonski, Tsui Kuang-Yu, Marijke van Warmerdam, Guido van der Werve, and Erik Wesselo.

A symposium presented by TELIC and hosted by Daalder at UCLA in April brings several Dutch conceptual artists to Los Angeles, including the renowned Fluxus performer Willem de Ridder and the successful newcomer Guido van der Werve, and a special presentation of Gerry Schum’s rarely seen but highly influential conceptual art film compilation Identifications.

This exhibition is made possible in part with support from the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam, the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and basjanader.com.

Rene Daalder: Curator
Aaron Ohlmann: Exhibition Coordination
Jens Hommert: Exhibition Design
Michael Sehnert: Technical Advisor
Pascual Sisto: Special thanks

Mondriaan Foundation

Public and Private Stages

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The nude is a notoriously hackneyed art subject, but it was still something of a surprise that several galleries in Chinatown - almost all of which opened on September 8 - had shows featuring naked (or nearly) people. Amy Bessone’s show at David Kordansky has several large paintings, which turn out to be paintings of photographs of nude porcelain figurines from auction catalogues. The press release refers to an interaction between the work and the viewer, who must “weather” a confrontation with naughty bits. Next door to TELIC at Black Dragon Society, Steve Canaday made several colorful, cartoony paintings of women in bikinis with beer, pets, and chubby thighs.

Finally, at TELIC Miguel Angel Reyes solicited audience members to come on stage and pose in a way that was physically revealing. Some spread their legs, others flashed undergarments, and a surprising number just let the flesh all hang out - all in exchange for the drawing of the session made by Reyes. This is Los Angeles, but I have to reiterate a mild astonishment that members of the general public were willing to do this - well, not pose nude so much as do it on a public stage while audience members shot camera phone photos and videos of the spectacle. Interestingly, Amy Bessone (according to Kordansky’s press release) asks what happens as we stop thinking in terms of the “male gaze” and instead turn the gaze upon ourselves?

Jordan Crandall is asking the same question in his exhibition, I think, but in a very different way. Perhaps one of the strangest things about the drawing session was how not awkward it was. It’s not that the publicly stages erotic figure drawings inverted the gaze - the audience members watching and snapping photos refute that I think - but the quotidian feeling of it all make us think about what we (see other people) do online. And so in the back space, Jordan spent the opening interviewing people one-on-one, trying to get them to confess. While the space was private, the session was obviously filmed and the footage was sent in real-time to a television next to the front door of the gallery. In other words, the inversion was there, in the private, but connected back space - the obverse of the public stage.

I won’t go too far into it, but I was also interested in the performative aspect of it all. Both artists, Jordan and Miguel had personal, intimate exchanges with their subjects, producing an experience rather than an object. Footage from the opening will be screening on the television at the front of the space for the duration of Showing.

See also: Continuous and Discontinuous Being by Georges Bataille

Opening

September 8, 2007 at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Jordan Crandall - Homefront

“Watch Me Get Watched” and Gary Dauphin

September 29, 2007 at 7:00 pm

3pm
“Watch Me Get Watched” video art screening program, curated by Glenn Phillips and Catherine Taft, with performance by Nao Bustamante.
5pm
Screening of Hotghettomess and videos selected by Gary Dauphin
7pm
Presentation by Gary Dauphin on the “pose” as a marker of identity and social standing

“Watch Me Get Watched”, organized by Glenn Phillips and Catherine Taft, brings together multiple generations of video artists whose work straddles the exhibitionism and voyeurism inherent in videomaking. These works are driven less by their own internal logic, than by the systems of looking, behaving and watching that they construct (often leaving the audience ready to see more). With works by Ben Chase, Bianca D’Amico, Arthur Ginsberg and Video Free America, Micol Hebron, Sterling Ruby and Kirsten Stoltman, Jennifer Sullivan, John Williams, and more.

Gary Dauphin will present a visual archaeology of the web phenomenon “hotghettomess,” through the notions of slideshow, photosharing, and family portrait. He will deal with issues around the database-driven “pose” — role-play and presentation through blogs, profiles, and photosharing sites — and how it serves as a marker of culture and identity, as it circulates through various interfaces and translations. Concerned with the tensions around the public display that could threaten one’s standing in the world (increasingly an issue with instantaneous web 2.0 culture, where one’s reputation or rank is ever more precarious), he will, at the same time, probe into the “counter-visibilities” that emerge, which allow one to play WITH the presumed inappropriateness, rather than working against it. The latter can challenge our assumptions, and perhaps change the rules of the game.

Gary Dauphin is a writer, editor and interactive community builder. His current project is the Goonj Collective, an online community and publishing initiative funded by the Open Society Institute. Goonj (which means “echo” in Urdu) was founded by Dauphin, editor Michael Vazquez, copyright lawyer Achal Prabhala and Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainana to provide literary magazines based in the developing world with content-management, archiving and interactive community tools.

Previous to his work with Goonj, Dauphin held a number of positions at leading ethnic websites, including founding Director and Editor-in-Chief of AOL Black Voices, Editor-in-Chief of Africana.com and Editor-in-Chief and Site Manager of BlackPlanet.com. Over the last decade, he has also penned several hundred articles on media, race, and interactivity for venues such as The Village Voice, Bidoun, Vibe and Lacanian Ink. He also blogs under his own steam at www.ebogjonson.com.

Dauphin was born and raised in New York City to Haitian parents and studied film theory at Yale University. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, and his internet name is ebogjonson.

Mimi Nguyen and John Paul Ricco

September 22, 2007 at 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Noon - 4pm
“Showing Shame: Shameless Showing” screening program curated by Robert Summers (see description below)
4pm
JJ Chinois music video and selections by Mimi Nguyen
5pm
Presentation by Mimi Nguyen (see description below)
7pm
Performance by Eleanor Kaufman and John Paul Ricco
Presentation by John Paul Ricco (see description below)

Showing Shame: Shameless Showing
curated by Robert Summers
Artists/Videos:
Lee Adams, Porca Miseria (2007)
Hoang Tan Nguyen, Forever Bottom (1999)
Vaginal Davis & Billy MIller, Tom Cruise Loves Women (2005)
SUPERM (Slava Mogutin & Brian Kenny), “TBA” (2007)
(New video by SUPERM will be its US premiere)

The selected videos show various enactments of the artists and/or their friends performing themselves in acts of shame. With regard to “queer” subjectivity and shame, I draw on the work of Eve Sedgwick who argues that shame can be understood in relation to “queer” — as she pointedly states, “queer” is a term that “might usefully be thought of as referring in the first place to [persons who are tied to shame] … those whose sense of identity is for some reason tuned most durably to the note of shame”. But, I argue that even though there is shame there is also the shameless, it is never far behind, which I think is important to examine in relation to “queer/-ness” — which would push Sedgwick’s argument. Indeed, I see no reason to disconnect shame from shameless — after all they are but a suffix apart. All in all, I hope these films show something valuable: I hope they show something shame/less.

MIMI NGUYEN’s presentation will focus on technologies of the self and of
the star (assembling a desirable commodity body), using the work of JJ
Chinois — the transgendered persona of artist Lynne Chan. As an aspirant
to celebrity, JJ Chinois critiques and appropriates the pleasures of pop
stardom in global culture in the early 21st century and does so by sexing
up Bruce Lee’s star image in ways that we haven’t seen before. Overall
Nguyen’s presentation will explore the circuits between star and fan, and
issues of performance, embodiment, and identity.

JOHN PAUL RICCO’s presentation will draw from Jean-Luc Nancy, Gilles
Deleuze, Judith Butler, and Leo Bersani, to focus on “the event of
mutually-shared exposure”: the separating-connecting spacing that exists
between, amongst, and around any one or more bodies, in varying degrees of
intimacy or closeness. He will look at the ethical and political
questions this provokes, involving social bonds formulated through a
“non-identitarian narcissism”: a space, cutting transversally across the
circuit of voyeurism and exhibitionism, in which one performs neither
solely for oneself nor for some objectified other, but for any number of
other ones in the virtual-corporeal networks of distance and connection.

Mimi Thi Nguyen is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Previously, she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Rackham School of Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor in Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She earned her PhD. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, with a Designated Emphasis on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is currently completing her first book, Representing Refugees, which examines the historical production and mobilization of refugee affect for varied political and cultural projects (such as commemoration, humanitarianism, consumption and multicultural nationalism).

She continues to situate her work within transnational feminist cultural studies with her next project, focusing on fashion, citizenship and transnationality. She is co-editor with Thuy Linh Tu of Alien Encounters: Pop Culture in Asian America (Duke University Press, 2007) and author of multiple essays on Asian American, queer, and punk subcultures, digital technologies, and Vietnamese diasporic culture, published in academic collections, on-line publications and popular magazines.

John Paul Ricco is a theorist, curator and performance artist, and is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art, Media Theory, and Criticism at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. He is the author of The Logic of the Lure, and a number of essays on contemporary artists. Currently, he is organizing a three-part exhibition of contemporary queer video, to open at V-Tape in Toronto in January 2008, and working on his next book: The Decision Between Us: aporetic aesthetics and the unbecoming community. For “Showing,” Ricco is premiering a body-based performance installation and artist talk, on narcissism and the space of bare naked exposure.

Eleanor Kaufman is a professor of Comparative Literature at UCLA specializing in twentieth-century French philosophy and literature. She has published on thinkers and writers such as Deleuze, Foucault,
Bataille, Blanchot, Lacan, Derrida and Badiou. She thinks a lot about the relation between poetry, philosophy, and inertia.

Create your own personal geomancy

July 15, 2007 at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Amar Ravva will give on-the-spot Vastu consultations.

Bring floor plans, sketches, or your impeccable memory of your current or future residence- each consultation will cost only $10.

geomancy

Quiz Night

July 13, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Dear Friends,

I’m hosting a TRIVIA NIGHT this Friday as a part of the fundraising series at Telic in Chinatown. Come by to test your knowledge of random facts, figures, sights, and smells!

Over the course of 3 rounds, each of your 5 sense will be put to the test, including a special E.S.P. round dedicated to the “6th sense.”

Costumes and team themes fully encouraged. EXTRA bonus points will be awarded!

Compete head-to-head with other teams for secret delicious prizes! And, all proceeds will benefit Telic Arts Exchange. What better way to spend freaky Friday!?

DETAILS: Games start at 8 PM. Each team can have up to 4 people. Registration is a donation of $15. Email me to sign up, or pay in advance by going to Telic’s website.

Chi-wang

Teamwork

Eye test

Exits on the 101 (sort of)

It was a nautical pulley

Not a Speakeasy + Osman Khan raffle artist mix CD’s

July 5, 2007 at 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Wall of mix cd’s

Raffle tickets

A winner!

Mix CD’s

Human Jukebox

July 16, 2007

Human Jukebox
Monday, July 16, 2007
1-4pm and 6-9pm PST

The Royal Academy of Nuts + Bolts performs karaoke on demand, in person at the gallery or streamed live over the internet.

How it works:
1. Look at the song list.
2. Donate $5 per request via the PayPal link below.

What song do you want?

3. Songs will be performed in the order of receipt of request/ donation confirmation.
4. Watch performance here, on the Human Jukebox webpage, or at ustream.tv.

Please note:
* It can take up to 20 minutes for requests to be processed by PayPal.
* Songs requested before live broadcast will be performed when broadcast begins.
* Not all song files work: If the file you choose is corrupt, you will be asked to pick another song (no refunds)
* This is karaoke, not professional: The song will be performed with gusto, but possibly very little skill

Human Jukebox on screen

Human Jukeboxes

Human Jukebox

Pirates and Hustlers

June 30, 2007 12:00 pm to July 1, 2007

Fernando Sanchez and Sean Dockray present “Pirates and Hustlers” from Saturday June 30 - July 01, 2007, in front of TELIC Gallery. Noon to 6pm on both days.

Fernando Sanchez will be exhibiting and selling “Los Angeles Bootlegs”: photographs downloaded from the current exhibitions of Los Angeles art galleries web pages. In addition, he will be selling the art list of all the galleries and their corresponding images.

Sean Dockray will be selling dvd’s of art videos downloaded off the internet by some of the greatest artists of all time for $8. Each video is limited to an edition of 8 with the price doubling on each sale, going up to $1,024.

Pirates and Hustlers and the Sunday Dim Sum crowd

Pirates and Hustlers making money money

Pirates and Hustlers outside Telic

Pictures

DVDs

Wii Golf Range

June 23, 2007 at 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

A round of Wii golf will cost $5 from noon to 6pm. The person with the lowest score wins 50% of the total collected from all players. In the event of a tie, players have the option of splitting the winnings or engaging in a winner-take-all playoff at 7pm.

wii golf tournament

Davis & Davis Answer Your Questions

June 24, 2007 at 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

From 12 to 4 on Sunday, June 24, Davis & Davis will be answering your questions ($1 per question) about Sexology, Ufology, and Parapsychology.

Update: Davis & Davis have continued answering your questions (for free) on YouTube. Click here to watch or here to ask a question.

Davis & davis - a question

Davis & Davis - an answer

Davis & Davis - research materials

The Fundraising Show

June 21, 2007 8:00 pm to July 21, 2007

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In the 30 days between June 21 and July 21, a different artist (almost) each day will use TELIC’s gallery to make money. This is both an exhibition and a fundraiser - the artists are conceiving installations, performances, lectures, and other schemes; and the money they earn is split 25/75 with TELIC (an inverse of the typical non-profit commission).

Although arts organizations and artists spend a lot of time thinking about money, it is an issue that’s largely absent from our programming, and artistic practice in general. This exhibition, however, will bring private financial concerns to the front, into the aesthetic experience of the gallery space.

$0  $2,500   $3,000  

Even if you are unable to make it to the show, we hope you’ll consider making a tax-deductible donation at http://2003-2008.telic.info/donate


THU, JUNE 21 - ANNA OXYGEN hosts a Grandma-themed dessert auction
FRI, JUNE 22 - HELEN CAHNG + COURTNEY STRICKLIN install a dollar donation wall
SAT, JUNE 23 - BENJAMIN BRATTON opens a Wii golf range
SUN, JUNE 24 - DAVIS & DAVIS answer questions about Sexology, Ufology, and Parapsychology
THU, JUNE 28 - XARENE ESKANDAR shows and sells her VJ book
FRI, JUNE 29 - PASCUAL SISTO makes video portraits of donors
SAT, JUNE 30 - FERNANDO SANCHEZ + SEAN DOCKRAY sell downloaded art bootlegs
SUN, JULY 1 - FERNANDO SANCHEZ + SEAN DOCKRAY will do it again
THU, JULY 5 - NOT A SPEAKEASY + OSMAN KHAN sell, raffle and baffle you with artist mixCDs and host an afterparty!
FRI, JULY 6 - ERIC LINDLEY + STEPHEN  VAN DYCK hold an instrument building workshop
SAT, JULY 7 - S.E BARNET + HILLARY MUSHKIN sell lemonade (and lemonade stand signs)
SUN, JULY 8 - DUC PHAM, STEVE WONG + LESLIE ITO host a dinner
TUE, JULY 10 - PETER CHO interprets your name as an interactive animation
WED, JULY 11 - ED COOLIDGE designs a new donation box
THU, JULY 12 - HUGO HOPPING makes a special presentation of a limited edition
FRI, JULY 13 - CHI-WANG YANG organizes a quiz night
SAT, JULY 14 - SHANA LUTKER  sells old newspapers
SUN, JULY 15 - MICHAEL SMOLER operates an arts healing center
MON, JULY 16 - THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF NUTS + BOLTS presents “Human Jukebox”
WED, JULY 18 - AMAR RAVVA  gives on-the-spot Vastu consultations
THU, JULY 19 - CASEY REAS + CHANDLER MCWILLIAMS give a lecture and workshop
FRI, JULY 20 - ERIC LINDLEY + STEPHEN VAN DYCK host a concert from the instrument building workshop
SAT, JULY 21 - ANGIE WALLER is to be determined

Later in the summer, TELIC will host a public presentation with the artists to ask how The Fundraising Show worked as a fundraiser and how it worked as an exhibition. AAAARG.ORG will also present a conversation at TELIC about Art & Work, which will take shape at http://aaaarg.org/category/art-and-work.

Sharon Cheslow - Sonic Triptych III

June 9, 2007 at 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

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Sharon Cheslow’s “Sonic Triptych III” is a sound event for multiple, random sets of 3 performers situated in a triptych - left, center, right - and interwoven like a round. Performers are instructed to represent themselves through sound-producing actions of their choice as a means of facilitating participatory and collaborative action. Previous versions of Sonic Triptych were presented at Illuminated Corridor (2006) and Ladyfest Bay Area (2002). This will be its Los Angeles premiere.
Sharon Cheslow is a musician and sound/visual artist whose works have been presented across the US and Europe in parking lots, art spaces, clubs, museums, galleries, warehouses, concert halls, homes, publications, and on the labels Kill Rock Stars and Decomposition among others.

Come anytime between 7.30 - 9.30pm.

Participants will include:
Eva Aguila
Ori Barel
Sharon Cheslow
Aaron Drake
John Hastings
David Kendall
Steve Kim
Grace Lee
Eric Lindley
Brian Miller
Anna Oxygen
Michael Parker
Sara Roberts
Bita Sharif
Dean Spunt