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Wednesday, April 23 2014

Javier Téllez: 'Games are forbidden in the labyrinth' at REDCAT

April 5, 2014 - June 1, 2014
Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 8:00am - Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 10:00pm

O Rinoceronte de Durer (Durer´s Rhinoceros), 2010. 16mm film transferred to high definition video, color, stereo video, color, stereo sound.

REDCAT: Opening reception: Saturday, April 5, 6–9pm

A co-production between REDCAT and Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, Games are forbidden in the labyrinth is Javier Téllez’s first solo exhibition on the West Coast. The exhibition features a newly commissioned installation Chess (2014) and Téllez’s film Dürer's Rhinoceros (2010) in which the artist reflects on the social and historical conception of the psychiatric institution: from architectural structures to technologies and treatments.

Mostly known for his films, Téllez works in collaboration with psychiatric patients or people with disabilities as protagonists. Combining documentary with fictional narratives, often taken from literature and cinema, the artist questions the definitions and social prejudices established between the concepts of normality and pathology. The strategy of using invisible or socially marginalized characters thus becomes a way for the artist to contaminate certain totalitarian versions of history, giving voice to those who usually have none, reflecting a form of resistance to the normalization and homogenization that is characteristic of the dominant discourse.

The point of departure for the exhibition is Dürer's Rhinoceros, shot in the panopticon of the Miguel Bombarda psychiatric hospital in Lisbon. Operational until 2011, the facility was built in 1896 according to Jeremy Bentham’s model to house the criminally insane. Téllez asked patients from a daily clinic to imagine stories of the former patients in the deserted old cells of the psychiatric hospital. This reconstruction of the everyday life of the institution was complemented by voice-overs reading texts from sources such as Bentham’s letter presenting the Panoptic, Plato’s Cave, and Kafka’s short story The Burrow, concerned with different architectural models related to the power of surveillance.

The front part of the gallery—the foyer for the projected film—is a giant chess game, which functions as a collective space to develop a trompe l´oeil of the delirium. One can imagine this chess-asylum as an anthology of the artist’s research on the history of mental institutions, confronting symbolically the institution, the treatments and the patients in an ideological battle: mental illness is consciously presented as a socio-historical construct, and not exclusively as a biological anomaly. The installation seeks to explain the role of medical treatments and psychological techniques as mechanisms of social control that conceal implicit socioeconomic contradictions. The patterns of the board—which also allude to a hospital floor—are invaded by a series of assemblages that function as the main organs of a sterile machine. These pieces appear dissected, showing the core of its constitution, incorporating the narrative of objects, historical moments, and images from literature and film that have contributed to the treatment of mental illness. They further provide references to renowned patients such as Antonin Artaud, Unica Zürn and Adolf Wölfli twentieth-century characters who articulated their own language informed by their condition. The figures and objects in the installation and video work will momentarily abandon the domesticated situation to which they have been reduced, to address the set rules and discourse that previously evaluated and institutionalized them.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication with essays by Dieter Roelstraete (Senior Curator at the MCA, Chicago), Ruth Estévez (gallery director and curator at REDCAT) and Javier Téllez.

Javier Téllez lives and works in New York. His work has been shown internationally in venues such as MoMA PS1, New York; ZKM, Karlsruhe; KW, Berlin; Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon; The Power Plant, Toronto; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; SMAK, Museum for Contemporary Art, Ghent; and Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam. He took part in TRACK (2012) in Ghent, dOCUMENTA (13) (2012), Lyon Biennale (2011), Whitney Biennale (2008), Manifesta (2008), Sydney Biennale (2008 and 2004), Yokohama Triennale (2001) and Venice Biennale (2003 and 2001). Javier Téllez is a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial fellow (1999) and was a guest of the DAAD Artist programme in Berlin from 2010 to 2011.

Last edited by rsdavid on Mar 31, 2014

Art School Gallery Exhibitions

April 21, 2014 - April 25, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 9:00am - Friday, April 25, 2014 - 5:00pm

D300 Gallery: Mark Desiderio MFA 2 ART 

D301 Gallery: Chiquita Landfill Scholarship Exhibition

L-Shape Gallery: Finley Still BFA 4 ART 

Main Gallery: Alexander Woods BFA 4 PHOTO/MEDIA

A402 Gallery: Eve LaFountain MFA 2 PHOTO/MEDIA (& FILM)

Lime Gallery: Yaron Guerrero MFA 2 PHOTO/MEDIA

Mint Gallery: Melanie Berry MFA 2 ART

Last edited by Belmer on Dec 13, 2013


April 21, 2014 - May 12, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Monday, May 5, 2014 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

CalArts, C105

INSTITUTE: Yoga for staff (and all!).

Last edited by dstears on Apr 16, 2014

Afro-Cuban Dance Lesson

April 23, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

CalArts, Clark's Field

STUDENT AFFAIRS: A dance instructor leads a class for all those interested.

Last edited by rsdavid on Apr 09, 2014

The Herb Alpert School of Music Visiting Artist: Ric Alviso

April 23, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: The Music Cultures program presents visiting artist Ric Alviso.

Ric Alviso is Professor of Music at California State University Northridge. He received his B.M. degree in music composition from California State University, Long Beach, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in ethnomusicology at UCLA.

As an ethnomusicologist, he has conducted fieldwork in Africa, Mexico and the Southwest United States. He has studied and performed music from many music cultures, including Shona and Mandinka music from Africa, Indonesian gamelan, Albanian folk music, and various Latin American and Native American styles.

As a composer, he has combined elements of Western and non-Western traditions with an emphasis on microtonality.

As a pianist, he has performed with the Long Beach and Santa Monica Symphony orchestras. He is currently on the music faculty at Santa Monica College, in addition to his assignments at California State University, Northridge.

He is the author of Multicultural Music in America: An Introduction to Our Musical Heritage and Musical Aspects of the Corrido, the War on Drugs: and their Convergence in a Federal Prison.

His current research projects are on multicultural music education and documenting traditional musicians living in the San Fernando Valley.

Last edited by dstears on Apr 21, 2014

Truth Study (Trth Study)

April 23, 2014 - May 14, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm

CalArts, Cafe A

INSTITUTE: A Bible study, Christian fellowship.

Last edited by dstears on Apr 21, 2014

Hinter: The Hour of the Half-See

April 23, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

CalArts, Lawn behind Ahmanson, Soccer Field, Pool

ART: Hinter is a poetic folk opera that is ambulatory and site-specific.

Last edited by rsdavid on Mar 28, 2014

'Grids, Beats and Group'

April 23, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: Live electronic/computer music with projections.

Last edited by dstears on Apr 16, 2014

New Music for Woodwinds & Friends

April 23, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: New works for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon.

Last edited by dstears on Apr 15, 2014
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