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Art In The Parking Space
Special Actions In Varied Parking Lots In Variabl...
Mar 20 - 31, 2012

LA><ART and the Office of Aesthetic Occupation (officeofaestheticoccupation.blogspot.com) are pleased to announce the fourth iteration of Warren Neidich and Elena Bajo’s Art in the Parking Space. Entitled Special Actions in Varied Parking Lots in Variable Time, it will focus on several ephemeral performances occurring at various times and locations across Los Angeles over the course of two weeks. Please check the Art in the Parking Space blog site for specific dates and times. As with each project before, each work will renegotiate the meaning, context, and cultural specificity of the parking space.
 
Participating Artists: Bettina Allamoda, Eric Anglès and Tori Wrånes
 
ABOUT THE PROJECTS
 

open edition Bpy (2012 - ongoing)
Conversations: Tuesday, March 20th and Wednesday, March 21st, locations variable (please check website: artintheparkingspace.
blogspot.com)
 
Three benches are placed in various public parking spots and three-way conversations ensue on the following topic: What is public space? These conversations will be recorded, transcribed, anonymized, lightly edited for fluency and printed as separate booklets. As with all of the artist’s work, the booklets will be available as unlimited editions. Every participant will receive at least one booklet. Participants can be passers-by as well as anyone who wishes to schedule an appointment. Please RSVP toinfo@laxart.org if you wish to join the artist.
 
Eric Anglès lives in Berlin and New York.
 
Performance Collage: Bauhaus Performance
Screening: Saturday, March 31st at LA><ART (2640 S. La Cienega Blvd)
 
A projected film collage is a study of urban planning in the Third Reich and its connections to the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau, Bettina Allamoda’s video reflects images and details of architecture from the 1920s and 1930s up to the present. The “Haus am Horn,” the “Halle der Volksgemeinschaft,” and Oskar Schlemmer’s frescoes in the Bauhaus building by Henry van de Velde are intercut with less well-known monuments such as Nazi-era administrative buildings or garden fence posts originally found at concentration camps. The artist projected this film collage onto a wall, then recorded herself performing in front of, and together with, the moving picture. Allamoda at times becomes part of the projection - even part of the architecture itself. Each frame in this documentary-style video incorporates related bits of news, text, and quotes from Bauhaus masters culled from the artist’s extensive research. An accompanying soundtrack suggests a link to postwar Californian model homes, featuring 1960s psychedelia, ’70s Krautrock and ’90s British electronic instrumentals.
 
Bettina Allamoda
 is a Chicago-born artist who has lived and worked in Berlin since 1982. Her wide-ranging body of work encompasses sculpture, relief, installation, collage, photography, video, performance, artist’s books, and curatorial projects. Allamoda’s interest lies in the politics of the surface, the body, and physical and public space. Her work attempts to display and present how history is written, excavated, reinterpreted and rebuilt – and sometimes exploited by future generations.
 
SPIN ECHO
Opening: Wednesday, April 4th, location TBD
 
SPIN ECHO is a moving sound sculpture in the form of a choir on bicycles. Working with the voice and body as multifaceted instruments, a cast of performers will explore possibilities of range, timbre, gesture, resonance, character, landscape and rhythm in this roving orchestrated yet improvisatory performance. 
Its all about sound on Wheels, and as Wrånes says, she is hunting while she is being hunted.
 

 
Tori Wrånes 
(b.1978 in Kristiansand, Norway) lives and works in Oslo, Norway, and graduated from the National Academy of Fine Art, Oslo in 2009. The artist works mainly 
with performance, combining her own voice with sculptor. The human electricity is her point of departure, and from thereon she works freely in terms of genre and form. The work is displayed in galleries, theaters, concert venues or site-specific spaces. She has exhibited in venues such as Colombo Art Biennale, Sri Lanka; Haninge Konsthall, Stockholm; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; Palais de la Découoverte, Paris; Human Resources and Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; SXSW, Texas and Den Frie Center of Contemporary Art, Denmark among others.