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Monday, April 28 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.

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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

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

'There Be Dragons'

April 24, 2014 - May 2, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm

CalArts, E407

THEATER: A play with music by Aleshea Harris
Directed by Zoe Aja Moore

There Be Dragons melds traditional Western fairytale lexicon with experiences of displaced, impoverished and marginalized peoples in modern society. Brought together by the impending nuptials of one of their own, the inhabitants of a dystopic queendom seek love while navigating traumas and avoiding earthly and skyborne dangers.

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Heart Christian Fellowship

April 24, 2014 - May 8, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:00pm - Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:00am
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 10:00pm - Friday, May 2, 2014 - 12:00am
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 10:00pm - Friday, May 9, 2014 - 12:00am

CalArts, Critical Studies Foyer

STUDENT AFFAIRS: Prayer meeting and fellowship.

Last edited by dstears on Apr 21, 2014

REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival 2014

April 26, 2014 - May 11, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 9:00am - Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 8:00pm
Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 9:00am - Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 8:00pm
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 9:00am - Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 8:00pm

Papa Cloudy, Directed by Akiko McQuerrey.

REDCAT: “REDCAT’s film showcase gives children a chance to see their peers across the globe.” —Los Angeles Times

The 9th annual REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival returns with three weekends of adventurous short-film programs to appeal to moviegoers of all ages. Magical, exhilarating works made by acclaimed filmmakers and up-and-coming auteurs showcase work from around the globe—including Mexico, Brazil, Sweden, Russia, Taiwan, Mozambique, Korea, The Netherlands, and Ukraine—to inspire the whole family. Festival highlights include the latest in both live action and animated shorts.

  • Saturday, April 26
    • 12:00 pm Take Wing
    • 1:30 pm Paint Me A Story: Animation from Around the Globe
    • 3:00 pm Experiencia! Films from Latin America
  • Sunday, April 27
    • 12:00 pm Talk to the Animals
    • 1:30 pm One of A Kind
    • 3:00 pm Dare to Dream
  • Saturday, May 3
    • 12:00 pm Take Wing
    • 1:30 pm Paint Me A Story: Animation from Around the Globe
    • 3:00 pm Ready Set Adventure
  • Sunday, May 4
    • 12:00 pm Talk to the Animals
    • 1:30 pm Tales That Stand Up Tall
    • 3:00 pm Earthwise
  • Saturday, May 10
    • 12:00 pm Take Wing
    • 1:30 pm Paint Me A Story: Animation from Around the Globe
    • 3:00 pm Experiencia! Films from Latin America
  • Sunday, May 11
    • 12:00 pm Talk to the Animals
    • 1:30 pm Earthwise
    • 3:00 pm Cinema Magic

For information on shows for specific dates, visit the REDCAT website.

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Movie Night at Wild Beast Courtyard

April 27, 2014 - April 28, 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 9:00pm - Monday, April 28, 2014 - 12:00am

CalArts, Mark Taper Courtyard

MUSIC: Kick back, have a picnic, have some drinks, watch a movie in the Wild Beast courtyard.

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'Possessing Nothing/Disguised as Monsters'

April 28, 2014 - May 3, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 8:00am - Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 5:00pm

CalArts, Front entrance, S. Mark Taper Courtyard, Lulu May von Hagen Courtyard

INTEGRATED MEDIA: Installation of hand-cranked objects + sculptures made out of papier mâché and recycled materials, all of which operate without electricity.

Last edited by rsdavid on Mar 25, 2014

Art School Gallery Exhibitions

April 28, 2014 - May 2, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 9:00am - Friday, May 2, 2014 - 5:00pm

D300 Gallery: Photography and Media Foundation Exhibition

D301 Gallery: Photography and Media Foundation Exhibition

L-Shape Gallery: Art Foundation Exhibition

Main Gallery: Art Foundation Exhibition

A402 Gallery: Art Foundation Exhibition

Lime Gallery: Art Foundation Exhibition

Mint Gallery: Art Foundation Exhibition

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April 28, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

CalArts, E197

THEATER: A performance of well-known orchestral repertoire excerpts which will challenge the performer to play perfectly as the performance goes on. There will be pre-recorded excerpts being played while being performed by a live musician. The performer will be housed in a wooden box with orchestral excerpts hanging on the walls. An exact copy of the box will house a speaker playing the pre-recorded excerpts.

The length of the performance challenges the performer's quality of music and mental endurance. 

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The Herb Alpert School of Music Visiting Artist: Lucia Mense

April 28, 2014 - May 2, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 (All day)
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

CalArts, The Wild Beast, B312  

MUSIC: The Herb Alpert School of Music presents visiting artist Lucia Mense, as part of the Combined Performance/Composers' Forum.

  • April 28 at 2 pm at The Wild Beast
  • April 30 at The Wild Beast
  • May 2 at 4 pm at B312

Lucia Mense, recorder player as well as traverse flutist, presently resides in Cologne, this after completing her studies in that city at the Hochschule für Musik as well as Milano and Amsterdam where she received a diploma from the Sweelinck Konservatorium.

Her teachers have included Walter van Hauwe, Marijke Miessen, Günther Höller and Pedro Memelsdorff. Her repertoire encompasses works from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods, as well as the contemporary flute literature, which she is actively expanding and developing.

She has been in concert throughout Europe, Russia, China and the United States as a soloist and as chamber musician. She has recorded for various radio stations in Germany as well as for CD labels such as Harmonia Mundi, Ars Musici, Los Angeles River Records, Mode Records/New York and Touch Records/London.

As chamber musician, she is a member of Ars Choralis Cöln, Ensemble Beltatz and ensemble dialog. Lucia Mense has appeared at major festivals throughout Europe, both in the contemporary arena as well as in the early music arena.

She has contributed articles to important journals and has taught at Universities and Conservatories in Europe.

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The Herb Alpert School of Music Visiting Artist: Chic Street Man

April 28, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: The MAP program presents visiting artist Chic Street Man, as part of the MAP Forum.

Chic travels extensively performing in clubs, colleges and universities, theaters, special events, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, festivals and benefit shows. His lyrics focus on the positive alternatives while entertaining in a spirited manner. Chic's music transcends cultural and attitudinal barriers, bringing home his message of racial harmony and ethnic diversity through acoustic bluesy ballads, funky rhythms and jazzy upbeat originals.

Chic is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a B.S. Degree in Psychology. He served as Head of the Department of Psychodrama at a Community Hospital in Carmel, CA; before deciding to focus exclusively on his music.

He recorded his first album, Growing Up, in Paris, France. He toured throughout France and later landed in Santa Barbara, CA where he founded Chic Street Man's School of Performing Arts, and released his second album, Make It Thru The Night.

Chic composed the music and starred in the off-Broadway hit show, Spunk, adapted by George C. Wolfe from three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston. Chic composed the score and starred in the Berkeley Repertory Theater's production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle. He was a contributing author, performer and musical arranger for the Denver Center Theater Company's It Ain't Nothin'. He composed the score and was the featured performer in the Cleveland Playhouse's world premiere of Touch The Names—Letters to The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial.

He is on faculty at the Heifetz International School of Music in Wolfeboro, NH and the Seattle Conservatory.

His world-class workshop “The Freedom of Expression” has garnered international acclaim by providing a safe, fun and exciting environment to explore and help strengthen self-confidence and communication skills

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Interface Concert

April 28, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

CalArts, The Wild Beast

MUSIC: New digital instrument created with arduino used live in performance.

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Claire Brazeau and Danny Holt

April 28, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

CalArts, The Wild Beast

MUSIC: School of Music faculty member Danny Holt is joined by Claire Brazeau in a program of music for oboe, English horn, piano, prepared piano and percussion.

Last edited by rsdavid on Apr 15, 2014

'The Art of Collision: Montage Films by Henry Hills' at REDCAT

April 28, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 8:30pm

REDCAT: “Hills breaks down standard sounds and images, transforming them into perceptive alternatives, political critiques, and a search for occult, creative expressions that have not been said or explored before.” —Mónica Savirón

Uncovering the ethereal in the mundane and the abstract in the naturalistic, Henry Hills activates a heightened attentiveness in viewers through his signature use of montage—intensely concentrated, rhythmically complex, and replete with eccentric wit. A celebrated maker of experimental film since 1975, Hills has collaborated with New York “Language” poets, composer John Zorn and choreographer Sally Silvers, among other artists. The former longtime resident of the East Village now teaches at FAMU, the Czech national film academy in Prague, and lives in Vienna. Hills’ recent short arcana (2011, digital video, 30 min.) has collected top prizes at Curtas Vila do Conde in Portugal and the Melbourne International Film Festival.

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