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Willem de Ridder

April 12, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Willem de Ridder

A very special guest, Willem de Ridder, will be speaking at 6pm. His presentation will be followed by our third screening of Here is Always Somewhere Else.

Willem de Ridder has been pioneering his entire life in the arts and the media. In the beginning of the sixties he brought in Holland all the modern young composers together in the MES (Mood Engineering Society), which resulted in the very first art performances and happenings. He became chairman for Northern Europe of Fluxus, started the First European Mail Order Warehouse for Fluxus works and made with Wim T. Schippers a national television program in which Holland heard for the first time about pop art, fluxus, zero, and his own anti-art activities. In 1965 he started a national newspaper in which everybody could publish anything they wanted. It caused a revolution in medialand (like internet now). Together with friends he started Paradiso and Fantasio, two clubs in which everybody could jump on stage and do whatever they wanted. Soon there were 150 of those clubs all over the country.

Together with English media adventurers like Jim Haynes, Germaine Greer, William Levy and Heathcote Williams he started SUCK, the First European Sexpaper, the beginning of the sexual revolution. They organised also the very first sexfilm festivals in Amsterdam, with visitors from all over the world. When he discovered how reading and writing had fatal effects on our society, he stopped with the newspapers and moved to the capital city of the image culture: Hollywood. There he started making weekly radio shows without any scripts for Holland. He developed the very first audio tours, before the walkman was invented. Then he made a radioshow in which the listeners were asked to sit in their car, turn on the radio and follow his instructions. About 30.000 of them started driving in the middle of the night having an adventure they would never forget.

Together with Max Lobckovicz, Shirley and Paul Eberle he made the first magazines in America in which everybody could publish anything they wanted about their sexlife. With Queen Adrena he introduced the first erotic telephone lines. He also made the very first magazine with sound in Hollywood, and so he went on and on.

He is going to tell his entire story in TELIC Arts Exchange.
Among others about his illegal exhibition in the MOMA.

In Holland he is called the Master Story Teller so you will hang on his lips, thumb in your mouth, time vanishes and space will disappear.

Visit Willem’s website and listen to some of his podcasts for Typeradio here.

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

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, 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

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

Mondriaan Foundation

Welcome Jordan Crandall

Jordan Crandall will be posting material to TELIC’s weblog for the next few weeks to give some background to his upcoming show (SHOWING, which runs from September 8 to October 20). While all of his posts will be filtered onto the TELIC weblog you can read it in the format he intends at the web catalog. There are two columns - on the left are Jordan’s writings and on the right are articles, excerpts, and other clippings that have informed his writings and his exhibition on the whole.

Partially because of the costs involved in printing exhibition catalogs, TELIC has decided to introduce these web catalogs as a way to spend more time writing, researching, and discussing and less time hunting down money to get a book printed that maybe not so many people are going to read. At the same time though, we’re going to be recording every event that takes place at the gallery, quickly edit the material, and burn DVD’s and CD’s for sale (and upload them too!). In a way TELIC Arts Exchange becomes more like a magazine or a record label and the gallery becomes more of a stage set or a recording studio. Only instead of just music and movies, we’ll also release interviews with artists, lectures about psychoanalysis, technical demonstrations, bizarre musical performances, openings, speculative television pilots, installation walkthroughs, conversations about the future of art in a digital economy…

Shana Lutker Celebrates Bastille Day

July 14, 2007 at 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Yesterday’s Newspapers at Today’s Prices!

This Saturday, please come down to Telic on Chung King Road between 2 - 6pm.
I will be SELLING OLD NEWS and dispensing FREE INFORMATION on Bastille Day -
France’s national celebration of the overthrowing of the government!!


Yesterday’s news

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

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



The Latency of the Moving Image in New Media

May 25, 2007 12:00 pm to June 9, 2007

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Curated by Eduardo Navas

“The Latency of the Moving Image in New Media” purposefully overlaps the
presentation by TROYANO collective on Art and Digital Culture, to take place
on May 24. The exhibit in combination with the talk are meant to provide a
space for critical reflection on the ongoing development of media culture.

What separates new media from previous media is in part waiting periods that
define public and private experience; whether the download of a file from
the Internet is taking longer than expected, an e-mail message has not been
sent from one server to another for some unknown reason, or a large file is
being rendered in video software like Final Cut Pro for output as a viewable
movie, new media is largely dependent on constant moments of waiting, often
referenced as latency. “The Latency of the Moving Image in New Media”
presents artists who make the most of latency as a crucial element in their

Some of the works included in the exhibition are to be experienced online
while others are to be seen as projections in an actual space, and others
are downloadable interactive projects developed as freeware. The works will
be available for viewing at TELIC in a way that is sensitive to their
original contexts. A website will also be available for viewers outside of
Los Angeles to experience the online projects, and to give information about
those that are only viewable in the art space.

Artists participating in the exhibition include:

Art blogs:
Corey Eiseman (Miami, Florida, US)
Gustavo Romano (Buenos Aires, AR)

Online art:
Arcangel Constantini (Mexico City, MX)
Yann Le Guennec (Lorient, FR)

Jorge Castro (Cordoba, AR)
Antonio Mendoza (Los Angeles, CA, US)
Katherine Sweetman (Los Angeles, CA, US)

Audiovisual interfaces:
Fuss! Members include
Raúl Marco Padilla and Guillermo López, (Madrid, ES) and Timo Daum, (Berlin,
Brian Mackern (Montevideo, UY)
Julia Masvernat (Buenos Aires, AR)

TROYANO Collective

May 24, 2007 at 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

The Chilean Collective TROYANO will present their recent bilingual publication, Art and Digital Culture, at Telic Arts Exchange on May 24th. TROYANO’s presentation will be introduced by Eduardo Navas.

Thursday, May 24th, 7:30–10 PM
Telic Arts Exchange
975 Chung King Road
L.A. 90012

TROYANO is an artist collective from Chile that formed in 2005 to do interdisciplinary research on art and digital culture.

For their presentation at Telic, TROYANO’s members will discuss their past projects that made possible their recent publication.

The contributors to Art and Digital Culture include artists and theorists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, Slovenia, and the U.S. This publication grew out of two major conferences TROYANO organized in 2005 and 2006 with the support of the Spanish Cultural Center and the Museum of Contemporary art in Santiago, Chile: Elena (2005) and Updating, Art and Technology (2006).

An interview with members of TROYANO:

TROYANO’s members are Alejandro Albornoz, Ignacio Nieto, Italo Tello and Ricardo Vega

Alejandro Albornoz (Chile) Studied Fine Arts, in the Metropolitan University of Education and Science; he also studied Photography in the school of art and photography of Chile, earning a degree of Fine Art Photography, accredited by the Free Lance Photographers Association of the United States. Between 2004 and 2005, he studied acousmatic composition in Santiago. His music has been performed in Colombia, Argentina, China and Chile. He works as a teacher in photography and audiovisuals in Santiago. Since 1999 he has been developing projects under the name Mankacen. Autodidactic musician at first, he has composed music for drama, dance, film and multimedia pieces. In 2004, he joined the Electroacoustic Community of Chile,

Ignacio Nieto (Chile) Artist, writer, designer, coder, and curator. Nieto is devoted to investigate strategies that make possible technological devices, which incorporate interfaces: data, that comes from different sources is recontextualized in a critical form. Nieto utilizes the Internet as a tool for investigation and exchange between different artists, coders, activists, curators and writers who contribute to projects which find forms in exhibitions, seminars, conferences, as well as computer hardware and software.

Italo Tello (Chile) Studied Fine Arts in ARCIS University, and Cultural Management and Aministration in Santo Tomás University. Tello
organizes and exhibits actively since 2001 in several galleries and cultural centers in Chile. He has participated in some international events related to digital, electronic and audio visual art.

Ricardo Vega (Chile) Designer and artist, member of the Ergocomics collective. He has participated in several art, design and electronic media events, such as OFFF (Valencia, 2004), and Festival 404 (Rosario, Argentina, 2004); Vega has been invited to participate in editorial projects, like the PLACE book (Vasava, Spain, 2004), Fontmonster (UK, 2005), and PBHP (France, 2005). He has also participated in the management and production of various events, such as FlashAttack (Chile, 2004), the Buro Destruct visit (April, 2004), Seminary of Contemporary Art Visions and Crossovers (Cultural Center of Spain, Chile, 2005). He is currently interested in the interdisciplinary crossroads between art, design and sciences.

TROYANO’s presentations in Southern California are made possible by
the joint efforts of :
Telic Arts Exchange,
The UCLA Latin American Center & and
the interdisciplinary working group
Visiones: Art & Activism in the Americas
Center for Research in Computing in the Arts at CALIT2 and
UCSD Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies

The publication of Art & Digital Culture and Troyano’s travel arrangements are made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Chilean government.

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Daniel Sauter + Osman Khan - We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Program…

January 10, 2004 at 6:00 pm

 Installation view

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program… Reinterpreting the broadcast stream by abstraction and time lapse. The installation investigates the very nature of television with its numerous channels, its ubiquity and its perpetual flow. A computer processes every frame of the broadcast in real time by collapsing the television image into a thin slice. A series of these slices are projected back onto the wall next to a television creating a revisualization of the broadcast. In reinterpreting the broadcast stream by abstraction and time lapse, “We interrupt…” paints a reimagined TV landscape. See video