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October 27, 2007 6:00 pm to November 24, 2007

Image by Skylar Haskard

OPENING RECEPTION October 27th 6-9pm.
Joe Deutch performance at 8pm
Special Guest: Little Chan

a group show of 13 New York and LA artists exploring the macabre.

Patterson Beckwith
Nathan Danilowicz
Joe Deutch
Skylar Haskard
Tim Jackson
Dawn Kasper
Lindsay Lawson
Karen Lee
Daniel McDonald
Kembra Pfahler
Mary Pongratz
Ben Shaffer
Jeffrey Wells

Organized by Joshua Callaghan
(Image by Skylar Haskard)

what if we all spent a portion of each day sharing our light with the world?

July 15, 2007 at 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Michael Smoler will be setting up a healing arts center
on Sunday, July 15, from 10am - 8pm

He will be offering:

tarot readings
reiki sessions
guided meditations
aura cleansing
art therapy sessions (vision boards, craft counseling, channel drawing)

the cost is $25 per service
with discounts on multiple services offered

He will also be selling some of his own hand-made tarot-inspired collages

Tarot cards by Michael Smoler

Smoler ambience

Smoler spell

Healing Center

Instrument Buildathon

July 6, 2007

Moisten your ears and prepare yourself for a high-volume of instrument-building information and activity! Stephen van Dyck and Eric Lindley have organized a four-part series of events for this very purpose. No previous instrument experience necessary; we’re here to fill in the gaps. Here’s the itinerary:

July 3 - Scrap Trip.

Our instrument building starts with a hunt for materials. We’ll take you to several scrapyards around the San Fernando Valley, introducing you to metal, wood, trash and et cetera. That’s right, you needed us to bring you to trash, especially because we’ll end with an optional dumpster picnic possibly hosted by Eric’s sister. If you join in on the carpool, you will benefit not only from being green, but also from the in-car instrument building discussions, where vast knowledge and advice on the topic will be exchanged by your new elites.

July 6 - Telic Buildathon.

Top Notch Team Teach! Fun Skill Flex Tests the Mettle Best!
Eloquent teachers from around (a very specific part of) the globe convene to share their experiences in building sounding objects and to guide you in constructing your own new musical object. From singing circuits to arcane bellowing tubes, these experts have got it all covered. Bring your own materials, or choose from hand-picked garbage! There will be tables and tables of this stuff, so don’t worry about it if you show up without your favorite cuckoo. Entrance to Telic is free, although we highly persuade you to give us a little sumthin sumthin. Donors’ names will be organized on a very large wall into a caste system of “circles” based on the amount they give. You could end up in the affectionate “fishin’ buddy” circle or the elegant “platinum serpentines of heaven” circle based on your generosity. And if you don’t donate, well, we even have a circle for people like you.

Tables o junk

Chair springy instrument

Circuit bending demo

Donor wall circles thing

July 8 - Chas Smith’s house.

(Date of this event subject to change.) Chas Smith is a Los Angeles-based composer, performer, instrument designer and builder who, in the spirit of Harry Partch, creates much of his music for his own exotic instruments. His compositions, which always display his dualistic fascination with the scientific and the sensual, might owe their split personalities to the diverse collection of composers he studied with in the 1970s: Morton Subotnick, Mel Powell, James Tenney and Harold Budd. (text from his online bio at Cold Blue Music)
The sheer awesomeness of Chas Smith’s instruments prohibits their easy transfer to and from his estate. However, in a one-of-a-kind opportunity for those select participants who receive this e-mail, choose to join in the fun and figure out some kind of carpooling situation with us, you can experience firsthand the intrigue, the danger, and the glory of these creations in their natural habitat.

See! His completed instruments, and listen to their exotic, impossible tones!
Observe! Works in progress and aborted plans that oddly didn’t pan out so much!
Listen! To his advice for upstart instrument-builders who dare to work with nature’s most mysterious element: metal!

July 20 - Telic concert.

By this point we’ve made you eat trash, enslaved you to an instrument sweatshop and introduced you to a real-deal builder/composer to remind you of your faults. Hopefully you’ve picked up a lot of creative ideas, and now that we’ve tamed your primitive, pedestrian and unruly minds to the elite intellectual etiquette of instrument building, it’s time to show off the new you. We encourage instruments that excel beyond craft; for instance, you might want your instrument performance to involve text, film, audience participation, barometric pressure, dominoes, old tapes of antebellum Rosie O’Donnell, feedback, birdfeed, owl pellets, live vomiting, you name it! The more creative, the better. If you’re certain you’ll participate, let us know in advance and we can include your name in the advertising. The donating system will be up again, and this time we’re hoping your “big spender” cousins and uncles and grandmothers are coming.

Give either of us an e-mail or call for specific times and if you want to carpool, or if you can’t come to the scrapyards and have a material request, or if you need any other information. We hope you’ll be joining us soon!

Stephen and Eric.

Stephen van Dyck -
Eric Lindley -

Stephen van Dyck and Eric Lindley are MFA students at CalArts in the Experimental Sound Practices, Creative Writing and Integrated Media programs.


June 21, 2007 at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

You are invited to GRANDMA NIGHT! An auction celebrating everything Grandma this Thursday at Telic Arts Exchange. Bring a family dish or dessert AND a 5 minute story about your grandmother. We will auction off the desserts after each story is told and all proceeds will go to Telic Arts Exchange. Any story is fine: impressive accomplishments, interesting migrations, heroic deeds, funny grandmas, bitter grandmas, etc.

We will then call a Real Live Grandma (inspired by the ladies of the typing explosion) and audience members can ask her for some real life advice. If you want to take it to the next level you can even come dressed as a grandma!

Doors: 8:00 pm
Dessert Grandma Auction Part One: 8:30pm
Real live Grandma advice session: 8:45pm
Dessert Grandma Auction Part Two: 9:00pm
Performances and live Grandma themed songs: 9:30 onward

Looking forward to seeing you there!!
x Anna Oxygen

dessert auction pie

dessert auction phone call

dessert auction winners

Sean Dockray - Cabinet

September 10, 2005 6:00 pm to October 16, 2005

IMG_9383IMG_9375Sean Dockray - Cabinet drawing
Cabinet memorializes the passing era of crowds. Those moments in which people spend time in the same place are slowly being replaced by networked forms of collectivity that privilege connectedness over presence. Cabinet is an installation for storing my collection of applause recordings. It refers to the origins of crowd theory at the end of the 19th century, a time when criminologists and the state were developing the antecedants to our contemporary electronic databases. As visitors access the cabinet, the applauses mix to produce new forms of collectivity. By consulting an accompanying schema, they are encouraged to question the authority of the given system of categorization and investigate the ambiguities and contradictions therein. See video.
Cabinet is in the Project Room.

Sean Dockray - Churchillian II (Chadder)

October 23, 2004 at 6:00 pm

Installation view
George W. Bush’s 2002 State of the Union Address was described by many American pundits as “Churchillian.” Somehow, this man, whose speaking gaffes are widely known, was given credit for delivering one of the greatest speeches in modern history.

CHURCHILLIAN II (CHADDER) is an interactive sound installation that breaks this speech into its component parts and reconstructs it physically, portraying the machine behind the speech. Sean Dockray explores discarded technologies in this work to focus on the use and abuse of language in contemporary politics. His installation fills the space - visually, by a giant homemade wooden frame and, aurally, by a robotic voice run through a loud guitar amplifier.
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Lucas Kuzma - Continuous Instruments

October 18, 2003 at 6:00 pm

 Lucas Kuzma

A small horde of miniature electromechanical noise-making devices are arranged in a dark space. Most machines are completely autonomous, with their own power-supply, sound actuator, and timing logic. A few of the devices are networked, with a master device switching power to a pair slave machines.
The machines are designed with all components effectively identical, with the exception of sound actuator and timing duration. A simple 555-based circuit is used for timing, and each device has a set actuation period, determined by a timing capacitor. The timing capacitance is limited to a handful of increments, so that although timing is varied among the machines, actuation periods would recur.
For sound production, the machines rely on two different sizes of solenoids, which produce tapping sounds, and two different types of vibrator motors, which are responsible for rasping and more-sustained repeating rolls.
Each machine relies on a substrate, a feature of its location, for its noise-making. That is, although each machine is equipped with a mechanical actuator, it has no resonant body of its own. Thus, the devices must be paired with elements of their environment to actually produce sounds of appreciable volume. In this case, wooden pedestals of varied size, some with large and small cavities, are distributed in the space, with the parasitic instruments placed inside or on top of them.
The exhibition space is cloaked in darkness, and the machines remain invisible except for subdued illumination provided by tiny LED’s which flicker briefly during activation.  See video