Sep 7, 2010

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Wandering Musicians: Killsonic

A group of 30 musicians playing together will wander casually through the Glow Zone. The combination of musicians will continually change throughout the evening. The musicians will be playing the following instruments: accordion, trumpet, trombone, souzaphone, saxophone, bass drum, snare drum, tams, triangle, cowbell, glockenspiel, clarinet, and flute.

About Machine Project

Machine Project is a non-profit community space in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles investigating art, technology, natural history, science, music, literature, and food. In their Echo Park storefront, Machine produces events, workshops, and site-specific installations using hands-on engagement to make rarefied knowledge accessible.

Outside of the storefront, Machine operates as a loose confederacy of artists producing shows at locations ranging from the Santa Monica beach to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. They are currently developing a year long project exploring how visitors experience the Hammer Museum.

http://machineproject.com/about/

For eight years and running ferocious composer-improvisers KILLSONIC have delivered their iconoclastic L.A. free-jazz style to the stages, streets, and subways of Los Angeles and New York City.  KILLSONIC exists in a variety of forms, from a fast and tight combo of six, to a beautifully adventurous Women’s Choir and Amplified Percussion Ensemble of fifteen. KILLSONIC is however most often recognized as a sprawling twenty-piece orchestra of drums, brass, and accordions.

In 2010 KILLSONIC performed at UCLA and the L.A. Art Show in collaboration with the university’s dance department for the Nick Cave exhibition Meet Me at the Center of the Earth, performed live on-air on KPFK’s Travel Tips For Atzlan, and launched the premiere of their opera excerpt Tongues Bloody Tongues: 11 July, 1926 as part of the New Original Works Festival at REDCAT.  KILLSONIC looks forward to staging a large-scale performance at Fallen Fruit’s Let Them Eat LACMA event at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in November, 2010.

www.killsonic.org

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Sep 7, 2010

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Howling at the Sun

Howling at the Sun will bring to life the Tongva/Gabrielino myth of the Sun and the Coyote gambling with each other to determine whether the Earth will remain in balance with the Sun. The Sun and the Coyote will be present in the form of two large puppets; each will lead a procession of musicians and dancers whose arrival at 7 PM at Ocean and Colorado signals the official start of Glow.  Following the opening ceremony the two groups will relocate to their site on the shore well north of the Pier.  A series of actions follows at their ceremonial ring on the beach with the public invited to join in the sing-off, followed by a drum circle and the eventual balancing of the Earth and Sun.

About 18th Street Art Center and LA Commons

Through 18th Street’s exhibitions, workshops, and community festivals, the organization encourages and supports the creation of cutting-edge contemporary art, and fosters collaboration and interaction between artists and arts organizations locally, nationally and internationally. The curatorial focus of 18th Street has remained constant throughout the last fifteen years, with a unique mandate to concentrate on encouraging the careers of emerging and under-represented mid-career artists.  !8th Street Art Center is committed to provoke public dialogue through contemporary ART making.

http://18thstreet.org/

LA Commons helps Los Angeles’s diverse neighborhoods give voice to their unique stories through programs that express the cultural and historical essence of the communities. With its Trekking LA program, LA Commons introduces tourists to these arts projects, and to the authentic food, music and culture of the communities. Through these inter-connected programs, LA Commons educates, empowers and enriches neighborhoods, while promoting greater understanding, engagement and connectedness for residents and visitors to Los Angeles.

http://www.lacommons.org/

Son of an Urhobo tribal chieftain, Najite Agindotan is a master percussionist who, from a very young age, traveled with the Urhobo cultural music troupe under his father’s direction. They traveled throughout West Africa and performed at national festivals in their native Nigeria. A fervent participant, Najite devoted himself to theater performance, traditional dancing and drumming.  After relocating to Los Angeles, Najite immersed himself in the arts of the African Diaspora. His talent and reputation grew as he worked with jazz luminaries such as Horace Tapscott’s Pan-African People’s Arkestra, Billy Higgins and Jimmy & Jeannie Cheatham.  He has been recognized with a Congressional Award for Cultural Excellence by Representative Diane Watson,  He also received a NAACP Image Award as Best Musical Director for the stage play “Omalingwo”.  Najite plays the Sun in Howling at the Sun.  He  lives in Los Angeles.

www.najite.estnyboer.com

Angel Luís Figueroa’s innovative brand of percussion music spans genres and styles from classical to jazz and pop. Educated at Loyola University in Chicago, (English), Santa Monica College (Music) and USC (Jazz Studies), Angel Luís is currently a student of Afro-Cuban master Lázaro Galarraga.  Angel Luís is Ensemble Director, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Private Instructor at the Jazz Studies Department for the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California.  He is Founder/Executive Director of the PAWS Music Institute located in Mid City Los Angeles.He is currently leader of the Afro-Caribbean Experiment (ACE) group as well as Director of FLACO (the Free Los Angeles Creative Orchestra).  Luís play the Coyote in Howling at the Sun.

www.angelfigueroa.com

Michael McCarty is a multicultural storyteller of African, African-American and international folk tales.  His stories inform, educate, inspire and amuse. His storytelling style is energetic and enthusiastic.  Michael has traveled to many countries including; South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, China, Jamaica, Russia, Egypt, Indonesia, England, Malaysia, Korea …and his travels have reaped a harvest of tales that testify to the unity within the diversity of the human spirit. Among the many venues at which he has performed are The Getty Museum, Hammer Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, Chicago’s African Festival of the Arts, National Storytelling Festival and New Zealand’s Glistening Waters Festival of Storytelling.  Michael play the Shaman Guide/Moon in Howling at the Sun.

www.havemouthwillrunit.com

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Sep 7, 2010

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Controlled Boulder

A small boulder seeks its way along the gravel path under the pier as a mobile modest beast; is it a camouflaged animal or simply a higher geologic order? Directed by a remote-control tracking device Controlled Boulder follows in own instincts, heading north or south in an unpredictable pattern, this installation is more go than glow.

About Klutch Stanaway

Klutch Stanaway’s work often mines the terrain of nostalgia for the future, bringing the optimism and confidence of high technology as embodied in mid-twentieth century popular culture into a sharp collision with the era of limits we now confront.  His good natured exploration of this tension brings both revelation and amusement to his work.  Klutch received an M.F.A in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and is currently a sculpture professor at Fullerton College. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Haus Gallery in Pasadena and Spacecraft Gallery in San Diego. His work is represented by SolwayJones. Klutch lives in Los Angeles.
http://zerodegreesart.com/zeroArtists.php?artist=kstanaway

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Sep 6, 2010

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DNA Sequencer

DNA Sequencer suspends LED lights within the historic Crescent Bay Park trellis to emulate the shape of a gargantuan DNA spiral. Each suspended LED is sensitive and responsive to the audience’s touch. As visitors progress through the spiral they will trigger both an audio element and changes in degrees of brightness of the LEDs creating a dynamic and ever-unique sequence of DNA chains.

About Syyn Labs

Syyn Labs was formed in 2008 by a group of creative engineers who twist together art and technology. They build gizmos, whatzits, and interactive installations that encourage strangers to play together by lowering barriers that typically impede social engagement.

Their projects include ‘ArtFall‘, an interactive whiteboard; Rubens’ Tubes, sound-reactive fire sculpture, ‘Sonic Stalagmites‘, which allows people to ‘paint with sound’; and ‘CloudMirror‘, which uses augmented reality to bring your event’s badges to life.  They regularly showcase new projects at a monthly Mindshare.LA event in Downtown LA.  Their recent video for the bank OK GO is a recent YouTube sensation.

http:///syynlabs.com/

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Sep 6, 2010

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coast lines

Two projection screens are situated side-by-side north of the pier near the shore.  One screen receives projected images of the unfolding of a linear hand drawn map of the west coast of North and South America, going south from the Santa Monica Pier.  The other screen receives a similar projection but the path is north from the pier.  The two films are different in length, so that over the course of Glow, no two combinations of images from the two screens will be the same.  coast lines is a slow and meditative journey along the eastern coast of the Pacific Ocean taking the “objectivity” present in maps and turning that into an expressive riff on space, light and color.

About Steve Roden

Steve Roden’s category-defying approach to art making includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation and performance. In the visual works, translations of information such as text and maps, become rules and systems for generating visual actions such as color choices, number of elements, and image building. With an emphasis on process, Roden explores an intimate dialogue between chance, rationality and the subconscious. Roden has exhibited his visual and sound works since the mid 1980′s, and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including: Susanne Vielmetter LA and Berlin Projects; Studio Il Citta Verona, Italy; the Mercosur Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; MOCA, Los Angeles, among many others..
 Roden has performed his sound works at various arts spaces and experimental music festivals worldwide including the Serpentine Gallery, London and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art just to name two. He has received numerous grants including Getty Fellowship, Durfee Foundation and Niamey Artist-Residence Grant. Steve received a BFA from Otis College and an MFA from Art Center College of Design. He lives in Pasadena, California.

http://www.inbetweennoise.com/

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Sep 6, 2010

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Luminous Passage

A 200’ long structure consisting of a minimal and elegant cable system that is used to support electroluminescent wire composed in such a way as to create a porous “land bridge” taking people from the end of the Bay Street boardwalk almost to the shore. Luminous Passage offers the audience a transition from the hardscape of the urban environment to the open and natural spaces we find at the shore.

About Hadrian Predock and John Frane

Pictured from left: John Frane and Hadrian Predock

Established by Hadrian Predock and John Frane in the year 2000, Predock_Frane Architects is a collaborative research and development design studio.  The work of their practice ranges from small scale installations to large public venues.  Seeking to open new territories for locality and specificity, they utilize a process of “generative repetition” – a methodology that

Pictured from left: John Frane and Hadrian Predock

focuses on mapping specific existing morphologies, actions, systems, and material conditions, then generating and forecasting new architectural results based upon their findings.

Predock_Frane was named one of ten emerging architectural firms by Architectural Record, and in 2005, as one of six emerging international firms by the Architectural League in New York.  They were selected to represent the United States in the US Pavilion for the Venice Biennale, participated in the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial – Design Life Now, and recently had solo exhibitions at the LA Forum Gallery in Los Angeles, and Pomona College Museum of Art. Hadrian has master’s degree from Harvard, and John has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Texas, Austin.  Both Predock and Frane live and work in Santa Monica.

www.predockfrane.com

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Sep 6, 2010

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Hot Dog Stick

Okón is filming an event of his own making with approximately 20 pitbulls and their owners to project onto the south-facing wall of Hot Dog on a Stick. Okón’s interest in working with small subcultures, in this case pitbulls and their owners, often leads to filmed events where staged action directed by the artist explores the tension between “fact” and “fiction” or in this case the line that separates a documentary from a feature film.

A Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) exhibition in collaboration with Glow

About Yoshua Okón

Yoshua Okón works in the territory that straddles fact and fiction.  Primarily working in performance and video, Okón creates scenes for invited participants and takes a video record of the proceedings.  The result is a video (acting as a fact) of a performance (acting as a fiction).  Among the groups he has enlisted in his work are policemen in Mexico City and parking lot attendants in downtown Los Angeles. Okón also creates sculptures, some of which were shown at the Istanbul Biennal.  Other exhibition venues include Stadische Kunsthalle, Munich; Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, Ca and an upcoming exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Okón received a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal and an MFA from UCLA.  He lives in Mexico City.

www.yoshuaokon.com

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Sep 6, 2010

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Barbecue Train

Barbecue Train is a functional sculpture, a barbecue posing as a classic locomotive engine.  Embers glow and the smoke stack belches as great food is prepared.  The Border Grill restaurant will use the Barbecue Train for grilling some special food sold in addition to other foods prepared in their adjacent food truck.

About Pentti Monkkonen

Pentti Monkkonen is an multi-media working primarily in sculpture. His work frequently excavates familiar forms and images that occur as manufactured multiples or valued cultural artifacts that he reconstitutes as expressive and unique objectives, somewhere between sculpture and functional artifact. He has recently had exhibitions at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City and at he the Uschi Kolb Gallery in Karlsruhe Germany. Pentti lives in Venice, California.

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Sep 6, 2010

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Day for Night

Day for Night is a film shot from dawn until dusk at the exact location on Santa Monica Beach where it will be screened.  Spanning 12 full hours, Day for Night mixes reality with fiction, theatrical and cinematic techniques, and uses both performers and the public to record an entire day at the beach.   An original score was composed to accompany the film, which is otherwise silent.  Day for Night will begin at 7:00pm and end at 6:44am and is the only project that will exceed the 3 AM closing of Glow.

http://web.mac.com/blouchou/iWeb/GLOW/home.ht

About Corey Madden, Bruno Louchouarn & Keith Mitchell

Corey Madden is a Los Angeles based writer/director working across artistic disciplines (including theatre, opera and public art) in live, web and media-based formats.  Former Associate Artistic Director of the Mark Taper Forum, Madden founded L’Atelier Arts in 2007. She has directed across the country including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., New York Public Theatre and Universal Studios Hollywood. Recent works include: Sound/Body, a public art work at the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena, Surf Orpheus, at the Getty Villa and Rock, Paper, Scissors at Childsplay and Speeltheatre, Holland (Rockefeller MAP grant, Best Production 2009).

http://web.mac.com/cbmcorey

Bruno Louchouarn’s music and media compositions include the futuristic cantina songs heard in the film Total Recall, live experimental multimedia performances, works for orchestra and chamber ensembles as well as music/sound for the theater. In 2011-12 Louchouarn will compose a new opera, Voices in the Dust, for UCLA Opera. Recent works include: It Happened One Night, chamber work with video, Ensemble Green; ReTouR, music and video, REDCAT;  and  score for Agamemnon, Getty Classical Theatre. Louchouarn completed graduate studies in cognitive science at Université Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris and received his PhD from UCLA in Music Composition. He teaches music, multimedia and cognitive science at Occidental College.

http://web.mac.com/blouchou

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Keith Mitchell is an award winning designer working in television, theatre, film and live performance. Keith is co-founder and former Co-Artistic Director of VoxBox Arts Collective and currently he is the Scenic Consultant for LA Philharmonic’s Summersounds Music for Kids (8th season) at the Hollywood Bowl.  He is a member of Rogue Theatre Ensemble. Recent work includes scenic design for  South Coast Repertory’s World Premieres of Dr. Cerberus andShipwrecked! Mitchell is a graduate of USC.

http://www.kmitchellart.com

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Sep 6, 2010

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Sandbox

Sandbox, Relational Architecture 17

Click here to read about Rafael Lozano-Hemmer in the L.A. Times

Sandbox is a large-scale interactive installation that includes two small sandboxes where one can see live-feed tiny projections of people at the beach adjacent to the installation. As participants reach out to touch these small ghosts, a camera detects their hands and relays them live to two of the world’s brightest projectors, hanging from a boom lift and which project the hands over almost 8,000 square feet of beach. In this way people share three scales: the tiny sandbox images, the real human scale and the monstrous scale of special effects.

The project uses ominous infrared surveillance equipment not unlike what might be found at the US-Mexico border to track illegal immigrants, or at a shopping mall to track teenagers. These images are amplified by digital cinema projectors which create an animated topology over the beach, making tangible the asymmetric power inherent in technologies of amplification.

About Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer works at the intersection of advanced electronic media, architecture and public space and democratic access to participation.  His work frequently assume completion only upon the active engagement of the audience, be it an audience in physical proximity to an actual artwork or one achieved via virtual participation on the internet.  His work has been shown in exhibitions and monumental public installations throughout the world.  In 2007 he represented Mexico at the Venice Biennale and in 2010 he created an artwork so large that it’s 20 searchlights spanned English Bay at the Vancouver Olympics.  He is currently working on Solar Equation in Melbourne, Australia, using the world’s largest balloon and five high-powered projectors. The solar animation on the balloon is generated by live mathematical equations that simulate the turbulence, flares and sunspots that can be seen on the surface of the Sun.   His work is in major collections throughout the world including the Museum of Modern Art, NY and the Tate, London. Lozano-Hemmer was born in Mexico City and lives in Montreal Canada.
www.lozano-hemmer.com

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