Los Angeles Road Concerts and Semi Tropic Spiritualist Test Site No. 1

About Muholland Dérive and Los Angeles Road Concerts:

Los Angeles Road Concerts has shown work from over 200 Los Angeles artists in unused public outdoor spaces along the entire lengths of Sunset Boulevard’s 22 miles, from Chinatown to Pacific Palisades, Washington Boulevard’s 27 miles, from Whittier to Venice Beach, and San Fernando Road’s 23 miles, from Sylmar to Lincoln Heights. Participating artists perform works, display installations, facilitate carpool happenings, host spontaneous readings, and make music in unexpected spaces, such as on the sidewalk, between dumpsters, along railroad tracks, as well as inside the audience’s cars as they traverse one of LA’s very long streets. The audience can choose how long they want to spend at each spot, whether or not they want to park or get out of their cars, skip spots or drive at different speeds between them. Audience members are additionally invited to car pool with artists and to switch car pools at their leisure.

Los Angeles Road Concerts seeks to investigate the possibilities of LA’s lengthy streets as sites for artistic exploration while using the street itself as a cross-section to observe the city’s diversity of landscapes and people, how the Los Angeles metropolis grew, and the massive in-between and negative spaces it left behind as it expanded. How can we generate a new kind of LA experience, utilizing its car culture to find meaning and bring attention to a collection of less obvious destinations? Additionally, through a wide open call process, Los Angeles Road Concerts brings together art school graduates, working artists, local residents and other artists, writers, musicians, etc, to realize a broad array of kinds of interactions with the sites. Participants find unlikely audiences, people who may have never been to a gallery space but who ultimately take great interest in participants’ work.

Press Release for 2012 Los Angeles Road Concerts:

Mulholland Dérive

Site-specific performances and installations along the entire length of Mulholland Drive

Los Angeles Road Concerts presents a showing of site-specific projects from over 100 Los Angeles artists in unused public outdoor spaces along the entire length of Mulholland Drive’s 21 miles, from Cahuenga Pass to Woodland Hills. For one day, artists will perform works, display installations, facilitate car pool happenings and make music in public spaces such as sidewalks, traffic islands, parking lots, as well as inside the audience’s cars as they traverse one of LA’s most iconic boulevards. The audience self-curates, deciding how long they want to spend at each participating artist’s spot, or to skip spots or drive at different speeds between destinations as they journey from one end of Sunset to the other, arriving eventually to a beach reception at the ocean just before sunset. The road concert can easily be experienced by bus, bicycle and walking, and artist-driven carpools are available. An official map of the day’s events along with project descriptions and other downloadable information will be available to the public starting on December 1 on the event website (www.laroadconcerts.org).

Los Angeles Road Concerts seeks to investigate the possibilities of LA’s lengthy streets as sites for artistic exploration while celebrating each street itself as a cross-section to observe the city’s diversity of landscapes and people, how the Los Angeles metropolis grew, and the assortment of in-betweens and negative spaces it left behind as it expanded. How can we generate a new kind of LA experience, utilizing its car culture to find meaning and attention to a collection of less obvious destinations? Additionally, through a wide and inclusive open call process, Los Angeles Road Concerts brings together art school graduates, creative professionals, local residents and other creative people to realize a broad array of kinds of interactions with the sites. Participating artists find unlikely audiences, people who might have never otherwise encountered their work but who ultimately take a great interest in it.

Previous road concert artists include A’misa Chiu, Al Walz, Alexis Disselkoen + Paul Pescador, Andrea Lambert, Artie Vegas Revue with Tequila Mockingbird, Audio Destructinators, Audrey Chan, Austin Young, Billy Kheel, Birthday Cake Ninjas, Carolyn Chen, Chris Girard, Cindy Short and friends, Colin Wambsgans, Comfort Zone, Corey Fogel, Jonathan Silberman, Daiana Feuer, Danielle Adair, Darcy Yates, David Burns + Matias Viegener, Debbie Attias & Nathan Hodson, Diana-Sofia Estrada, Emery C. Martin, Emily Appenzeller, Eric Lindley, Faith Purvey, For Matta-Clark (Yelena Zhelezov and Zoe Aja Moore), Francesca Penzani, Gary Schultz, Harold Abramowitz, Harpal Sodhi, Ian James and Travis Diehl, Jana Papenbroock, Jannon, Jennifer Styperk, Jim Skuldt, Joe Milazzo, Johns Barlog + Burtle, John D’Amico, John P. Hogan, Jon Rutzmoser, Jonathan Gomez, Joseph Imhauser, Kate Durbin, Katie Jacobson, Karen Atkinson, Katie Bachler, Kelly Coats, Ken Ehrlich, Kimsu Ye + Christine Wang, Kristoffer Svenberg, Kristy Baltezore, Kyle Barnes, Lara Bank, Laura London, Laura Marchetti, Linda Lay, Lindsey Carl Mysse, Luiz Ricardo Lopez + Mercedes Smith + Melissa Brown, MAL Idea, Margaret Wappler, Maxfield Hegedius + Solomon Bothwell, Maryam Hosseinzadeh, Matt MacFarland, Matthew Fielder + Nate Schulman, Megan May Daalder, Michelle Detorie + the Poetry Booth, Sarah Frances Kuhn, Michiko Yao and Juna Amano, Miggie Wong, MUC, Nicholas Smith, Niko Solorio, Opera Del Espacio, Paula Peng + the Time Travel Arcade, Philip Littell, Ramiro Gomez Jr, Rebeca Hernandez, Rick Bahto, Rima Añosa and Jason Luz, Robby Herbst, Robin Myrick, Samantha Cohen, The Sanctified PerMissionaries of Signified Belief, Sarah Ibrahim, Sascha Goldhor, TANGOWERK, Marnie Weber, Sepand Shahab, ShoneOne, Stefan Fähler, Stine Marie Jacobsen, Tessie Whitmore + Kyla Hansen, Carola Schmidt, David Shull, Tucker Neel, Tyler Calkin, Vincent Ramos and more!

Los Angeles Road Concerts website

Further to the above, and indeed the instigator of this re-blog, (Is “further to” a legitimate construction in the English language, or is it simply a pretentious way of saying “also”?) (Get back on course, Geoff – you’re distracting the readers…) I received an email from Astri Swendsrud (she of Elephant in Glassell Park) and, well, see below:

Hello friends,

Next Sunday, December 9, I will be presenting a performative installation (a collaboration with Quinn Gomez-Heitzeberg) as a part of Los Angeles Road Concert’s Mulholland Dérive. Details are below, and we would love to see you there!

Best,
Astri

Semi Tropic Spiritualist Test Site No. 1

Astri Swendsrud and Quinn Gomez-Heitzeberg

This project is part of a series of works exploring the history of spiritual and occult belief in Los Angeles through the Semi-Tropic Spiritualists, an organization that created a campsite meeting place outside the city limits of Los Angeles in 1905. Spiritualism has described itself as a science, a philosophy and a religion. We are interested in this system as a model for exploring ideas of faith and skepticism, belief and charlatanism.

Like the original Semi-Tropic Spiritualists, for this work we have created an encampment at the city’s edge, looking back to the historic core of Los Angeles and the sites of early spiritualist and occult activity. In this performance, the public is invited to interact with sculptural divination tools available at our site. Through methods of research, divination and intuition, lost or hidden sites of spiritualist practice will be revealed.

www.semitropicspiritualists.com

Bye now.

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