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Format: 02/21/2017

Tuesday, February 28 2017

Miljohn Ruperto: 'Geomancies' at REDCAT

January 14, 2017 - March 12, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 9:00am - Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

REDCAT: Opening Reception: Sat. January 14 6-9 pm

The cross-disciplinary work of Los Angeles-based, Philippine artist Miljohn Ruperto includes photography, cinema, performance and digital animation. His work refers to historical and anecdotal occurrences, and speculates on the nature of assumed facts and construction of truth. He creates illusory images and disconcerting effects that challenge the viewer’s perception.

Geomancies consists of a film, a series of photographic and video works, as well as a new performance piece. Ruperto works with the concepts of possession, opposition and metamorphosis as common themes and as a background for the exhibition´s narrativeThe work investigates the constant battle waged by humans to control nature. Modifications of the landscape and the economic exploitation of nature are counteracted by its unexpected force and how it affects the course of history.

The centerpiece of the exhibition, Ordinal (SW/NE), 2017, is an experimental documentary created with filmmaker Rini Yun Keagy. The film traces the cultural and environmental influences of a soil-dwelling, pathogenic fungus, Coccidioides immitis, and its associated disease, valley fever, in California's Central Valley. Interweaving past, present and mythological time, the film draws upon historical and cultural references, including the plight of migrants during the Depression, the spread of the disease in recent years, contemporary theories of climate change, and the significance of the desert wind in ancient Assyria. In Ruperto and Keagy’s film, natural phenomena remain neutral, fleeing from any kind of judgment and avoiding binary oppositions of positive and negative, destruction and regeneration, life and death.

Driving South at Sunset. The Camera Faces East  (2007) is a short video of a woman driving south on Interstate Highway 5 toward San Diego. She stares into the distance, intermittently singing a country song about heartache.  The camera faces east, blocking the sunset.  The rigid axis of the camera and the horizon with the North to South direction of the vehicle's movement is broken up by the woman's oblique focus, weaving in and out of song.

The exhibition also features Re-animating "Valley Turbulence" by Sam Chase (2016). For this piece, Ruperto animated the photograph taken by Chase, who was then an employee of Chevron, to create a loop. The video illustrates the massive dust storm that buried the south of the San Joaquin Valley and caused severe damage to the area. Meteorological phenomena, the video suggests, cannot be managed, controlled or captured by human technology.

In line with these film and photographic works, Ruperto presents a new performance, in which the empty space itself is an essential part of the atmospheric construction of the exhibition. Possession (2017) makes direct reference to the cult film Possession (1981) by Andrzej Żuławski, and the memorable scene of actress Isabel Adjani suffering a convulsive seizure in the subway station. In Ruperto’s piece, two actors re-enact Adjani’s performance in synchronous mirror symmetry. The actress’ hysterical scene is meticulously mapped out in an attempt to outline the perimeter of her subjectivity. 

This exhibition is accompanied by a public program and regular performances in the gallery.

About the artist:

Miljohn Ruperto (b. 1971 Manila, the Philippines) received his M.F.A. from Yale University in 2002 and his B.A., Studio Art from University of California, Berkeley in 1999. Recent exhibitions featuring his work include: Nervous Systems, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Afterwork, Para-Site, Hong Kong; The As-if Principle., Magazin4 Bregenzer Kunstverein, Austria; 2014 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Janus, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library, Saskatchewan, Canada; Ulrik Heltoft and Miljohn Ruperto, Voynich Botanical Studies, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Made in L.A., The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; and Picture Industry (Goodbye to All That), organized by Walead Beshty, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA. Ruperto lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Last edited by rsdavid on Jan 09, 2017

The School of Theater Presents: Solidus

February 24, 2017 - February 28, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 8:00pm - 8:45pm

CalArts, Walt Disney Modular Theater

THEATER: Solidus is a movement-based dance theater piece directed by Julie Bour.

Please note:
This play runs for 50 minutes with no intermission and there is NO late seating. As a warning, the show will have strobe effect, haze, nudity and adult language in it. The audience will only be allowed to sit in the central section of the auditorium.


Last edited by dstears on Feb 21, 2017

The Herb Alpert School of Music Presents Visiting Artist Stephen Horenstein

February 25, 2017 - March 6, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 5:00pm
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Saturday, February 25, Wild Beast – Concert
Monday, February 27, B318 – Graduate Composers Forum
Tuesday, February 28, Wild Beast – Improv Workshop for Strings
Monday, March 6, Wild Beast – Performer-Composer/Graduate Performance Forums

MUSIC: Stephen Horenstein’s works for ensemble, orchestra, soloist and electronics have been performed and recorded in festivals worldwide. Many of these works have incorporated ethnic sound sources. Horenstein is a recipient of the prestigious Israel Prime Minister’s Prize for Composers, which was awarded both for his creative work and contribution to Israel society in mentoring generations of creative musicians. Over the years, Horenstein has collaborated with many well-known artists, including Isamu Noguchi, Steve Paxton, Rena Schenfeld, Kibbutz Dance Company, Vertigo, and many others. For the past two decades, Dr. Horenstein has also developed techniques for teaching music to youth at risk. Most of these concepts were developed “in the field”, within innovative projects such as Amit Beit Ha Yeled, the Metarim-Lod Music and Arts Center and work with gifted youth from underprivileged backgrounds through the Jerusalem Institute of Contemporary Music.

Dr. Horenstein is currently on the faculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where he teaches composition, performance and conducts the Lab Orchestra.

Last edited by dstears on Feb 16, 2017

Art School Gallery Exhibitions

February 27, 2017 - March 3, 2017
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 9:00am - Friday, March 3, 2017 - 5:00pm

D300 Gallery: Maya Beaudry MFA 2 ART

D301 Gallery:  Jordan Ruffin and Hannah Lee MFA 2 ART

L-Shape Gallery: Xanthe Pajarillo BFA 4 PHOTO/MEDIA

Main Gallery: Oscar Corona BFA 4 ART

A402 Gallery: Matthew Town MFA 2 ART 

Lime Gallery: Efrain Torres MFA 2 ART

Mint Gallery: Deirdre Bailey MFA 2 ART

Last edited by Belmer on Jan 23, 2017

Animation Portfolio Day

February 28, 2017
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

CalArts, Main Gallery

FILM/VIDEO: Review of character and experimental animation portfolios by members of the animation industry.

Last edited by rsdavid on Feb 21, 2017

Carol Chaikin MFA Mid-Res Recital

February 28, 2017
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

CalArts, The Roy O. Disney Music Hall

MUSIC: Carol Chaikin presents Tokonoma.

Last edited by llo on Feb 14, 2017
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