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LA><ART Sound
Laura Kuch
Nov 1 - 10, 2006

Mama, Mama (2002)
selected by Timothy Ivison
Nov. 1st – 10th

LA><ART SOUND engages the entryway as a project space for imbedded sound experiments featuring looping and extended ambient works, conceptual projects, and site specific interpretations of the gallery and street to be played continuously at regular intervals.

Press Release

For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Ivison 310.559.0166
timivison@laxart.org

LA><SOUND

Laura Kuch, Mama, Mama (2002)

playing continuously Nov. 1st – 10th
selected by Timothy Ivison

The first week of November finds LA><ART echoing with the humorous and slightly perplexing sound of Laura Kuch’s work, Mama, Mama. Consisting of five recordings of grown men calling for their mothers, “Mama, Mama” elicits an uncanny sense of anxiety, made absurd by repetition. Each variation of delivery and intonation elicits a different quality - at once nervous, then bored, impatient, or lost. These changes in texture suggest an unresolved tension between the adult speaker and the childlike refrain. Well-timed gaps in the sound are just long enough for one to imagine the man has walked a few steps to look for his mother, or perhaps waited for a comforting response never to arrive. The looping performance hovers in a state of limbo, never answered, never ending.

Laura Kuch (1980 - ) lives and works in Offenbach, Germany. She is a recent graduate of the Stàˆdelschule, Frankfurt Am Main, where she studied under Tobias Rehberger. She holds a degree in Visual Communications from The Academy of Art and Design, Offenbach. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo show at the Doppelzimmer Kunstraum, Gießen, and participation in the 2nd Moscow Biennale, 2007.

LA><SOUND engages the entryway as a project space for imbedded sound experiments featuring looping and extended ambient works, conceptual projects, and site specific interpretations of the gallery and street to be played continuously at regular intervals. The space - a 100 square foot portal in front of the gallery - consists of two white panel walls, a bisecting ramp and handrail, a large wall of glass and a glass doorway with the LA><ART logo. A single outdoor speaker has been installed in the ceiling of this portal and awaits activation by creative content.

LA><SOUND operates on both a commission and proposal basis. Project reviews will occur periodically throughout the year, reviewed by a panel of distinguished curators in the fields of sound, architecture and contemporary art. Please send project proposals, CVs and CDs to the attention of:
Tim Ivison LA><ART 2640 S. La Cienega Blvd. LA, CA 90034