The Grey Ones

Up next is a WOAH power collab with INSTALL:WeHo and Phyllis Navidad in conjunction with MKL Gallery and FruitFlyLife as we proudly present The Grey Ones, a live performance by the illusory trio WIFE next ThursdayAugust 22nd at LA’s Downtown Independent at 9PM.

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She will only be seen in the dark.
She is a magician of picture and light.
She exists in many dimensions. 
She is a visceral contemporary dance. 
She is studying the subtelties of your behavior. 
She is eternally bound to archetype, myth, lore, alchemy, and dreams.
She is metamorphosis.
She is the daughter of Jim Henson, Chris Cunningham, Akira Kurosawa, Kathy Rose, Wendy Carlos, Yayoi Kusama, Planningtorock, Aleister Crowley, her friends, and you. 

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WIFE is an all sensory theatrical experience born of three LA-based artists: Jasmine Albuquerque, Kristen Leahy, and Nina McNeely.  Combining surrealist animations with original choreography, costumes, sounds, and visuals WIFE utilizes movement and dance as a vehicle for storytelling.  A magician of picture and light, WIFE employs old and new technologies to illuminate mystical phenomena and ancient archetypes that resonate with a collective unconscious.  

Premiering at the Long Beach TEDxSoCal event in 2011, and later airing as a recorded feature on The Creator’s ProjectWIFE‘s performance The Grey Ones, juxtaposes live projection mapping with ephemeral, fluid movements and statuesque, saintly silhouettes to create a narrative on the evolution of time. Performed to an original score composed by electronic music artist Amon Tobin, The Grey Ones sets a scene evoking myth, organic matter, decay, and transcendence.

A recipient of the ARC grant from the Center of Cultural Innovation, WIFE‘s innovative works have been showcased at The Getty‘s Pacific Standard Time, Bootleg Dance Festival, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Honor Fraser Gallery, Human Resources, Pieter Performance Space, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), among other prestigious contemporary platforms.

Arrive early as we kick-off the reception at 7PM with a pop-up boutique from innovative retail platform VCR (Vintage/Contemporary/Reconstructed) attuned to live sets from DJ’s Heidi and Jeniluv as Ralph Machio.

Reception 7PM // Performance 9PM

$15 Pre-sale // $20 Door

Pre-sale tickets may be reserved through The Downtown Independent‘s website at www.downtownindependent.com.

RSVP to the Facebook event

vision | NU SPEED

As part of Double Vision, WOAH presents NU SPEED.

Forevermin // NU SPEED

Forevermin // NU SPEED

Delving into various media, Nu Speed‘s projects conjure transcendent sonic spaces and dark reveries.  With an interest in anagrams, puns, fractals, and nominative determinism, Nu Speed employs literary devices and a taste for the uncanny to expose hidden synchronicities in supernatural patterns and wearable novelties.  The delicate, obsessive contours of her prints and videos render a fractured atlas where the alien, natural, and phenomenal collide into one infinite plane.

69 Pins // NU SPEED

’69’ Pins from NU SPEED for sale at SPACE Mall.

While Nu Speed‘s digital studies reveal the holograms of lenticular photographs––leaving traces of transdimensional ghosts in their path––the ingenuity of her handcrafted ’69’ baby pins lies in their perfect artistry of absurdity.  The eerie drone of her soundtracks evoke hypnotic chase scenes, while her literary pieces under Vitus Hearn offer readers clever sexual advisement, lending word-foreplay so well-played puns morph into rhythmic haiku.

A conundrum of creativity and talent extremity, Nu Speed continues to search for the perfect synthesis to unite her extrasolar media projects.  Pick-up Nu Speed‘s nu-est novel items alongside Rossana Diaz at the SPACE Mall booth in the daylight, and keep watch as her latest video manifestations light up the dark this Saturday 7/27 1PM-12AM at Double Vision.

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Double Vision FlyerDouble Vision is a sensory experience co-created through the collaboration of three unique concept-oriented brands,  VCR (Vintage Contemporary Reconstructed), Futra, and WOAH designed to showcase emerging talent in fashion, art and music. The event will be held from 1PM – 12AM on Saturday, July 27th at Angel City Brewery in the heart of downtown LA’s arts district. Celebrating the continuous change in artistic expression, we are putting a new spin on the typical pop-up marketplace with innovative designers, an anti-fashion show, DJs, video and art installations, food trucks, and one-of-a-kind brand merchandising.

Kicking-off the day-to-night event at 1PM, VCR has curated a fashion marketplace that will feature over 20 local Los Angeles designers and vendors including: KittinhawkJfraiche, Detroit TrashPOP MURDERShred ThreadsDolly BardotDope Shit KlothingCult ClassicStone Rush JewelryJuliette GThe General StoreSPACE mallPurp7eSummer AdelineNaha ArmádyDaniel MoonNatologyCrybaby Presents, Vie Gemeos Vintage, For Eclectic Souls, Christi JaySkippedLSTN … & with more TBA!

All of the above complete with a listening booth from Mount Analog & Sweating Tapes, our favorite LA record resource & tape label respectively.

In addition to the marketplace, there will be an anti-fashion show presented as part of Galerie De L’Absurde surveying the unique collections of KittinhawkDaniel Brent NietoMARCELLA DVSI, Omega Collektiv, and Factorylook.

During the evening, the lower level of the 27,000 sq ft. venue will transform into a pop-up boutique nightclub as Futra focuses attention to the dance floor through a sophisticated line-up of diverse and seasoned DJ’s including Zernell (Grimy), Dazz Moov (Futra), Ricky Def (Futra), Reg Xelle (No Sleep, Sunday Pub Sessions), Knyphy (Futra), Phyllis Navidad (A Club Called Rhonda), Genevieve D (VSSL), EEZIR (Futra), and a DJ set by LEECH (100% Silk, Ecstasy).

Video and art installations curated by WOAH, Futra, and VCR will be showcased throughout the entirety of Double Vision, and feature emerging and established artists including Danny Perez, Future Eyes, Jil Stein, Suzy Poling, Drumcell & The Automatic Message, Scott Pagano, Nu Speed, Immanent, and Friendly Integration.

To countdown to the upcoming event, WOAH will be profiling select artists and designers in the week ahead.  But you’ll have to check back to see who’s who…

Double Vision Flyer - Featuring

Art in a brewery

Currently underway is a collaboration with two LA-based, multimedia brands: the floating retail pop-up and vending platform VCR (Vintage Contemporary Resconstructed), and FUTRA, the collective multimedia brand and music label bridging genres of art and design through experiential events.

On Saturday July 27 from 1PM-12AM, we unite at Angel City Brewery to co-create and curate a total sensory experience in which art, fashion, music, and performance synthesize to provide a day-to-night occasion of enhanced sonic cohesion.  This event will be twofold with an indoor marketplace of vendors setting-up shop within the behemoth of Angel City‘s ground floor during the day, and come dusk, transforming into an atmospheric scene and dance-destination with a sophisticated line-up of dj’s, performances, installations, and immersive environments.

To realize this event to its absolute capacity, we call upon artists, creatives, devotees, dancers, followers, groupies, and lovers to join us.  With an OPEN CALL for artist submissions thru Monday July 15, we seek performance, installation, video, and multimedia works to feature and market as part of this event.  Additionally, one-of-a-kind vendors and artisans and creative agencies are invited to inquire about vending space.

For visual queries contact:
Joana@futra.tv or weopenarthouses@gmail.com

For vending queries contact: 
nereida@vcrmarket.com
Artist & Artisan Call thru Monday, July 15th!

Artist & Artisan Call thru Monday, July 15th!

∞ + time – travel = the future

Recently, I was teleported to a place outside of measurable time and space . . .  a vision of what I can hope the future to be –  where prisms bleed into sharpened infinity and space unfolds into a spectroscopic sea of kaleidoscopic forms – a place comparable only to the illusive visions encountered in dreams, delusions, and maybe LSD.

Nana Ghana defies space and time in her performance as seen through a pair of Future Eyes. Photo: Future Eyes

Nana Ghana defies space and time in her performance as seen through a pair of Future Eyes.
Photo: Future Eyes

But this was a perfect image not conceived through REM, mind-control, or psychedelics.  Instead, what I experienced was optical teleportation everyone can have with a pair of Future Eyes.  The fruition of LA based artist, writer, and inventor Brent Pearson – “Future Eyes” himself – Future Eyes are a line of handcrafted laser-cut crystal glasses that are “eyewear for the soul.”  Upon closer inspection, and confirmation from their maker, the tree of life is delicately visible and replicated on each faceted crystal lens.  These kaleidoscopic frames have acquired a following of believers, users, and future purveyors throughout LA and perhaps even worldwide (since they are made to order online).  In preparation for an upcoming book surveying the various visual manifestations and employments beheld through their vision, Future Eyes hosted a group Fotoshow at one of downtown LA’s newest artist-run, Do-It-Together complexes, The LA Fort.

nstallation by Alec Singer + Alec Rose of Indigo Orangutan. Photo: Sharsten

View of installation by Ariel Rose of Indigo Orangutan. Photo: Sharsten

For the first incarnation of the Fotoshow series, an open call for photos was conducted with each invitation complete with a complimentary pair of Future Eyes.  The result accumulated in the group Fotoshow #1  exhibition, tracing optical excursions and experimentation with Future Eyes vision.   I myself am an avid crystal and diffracted lens junkie, but this crystal is like magic . . . and the obsessive quantity of photos that ensued is evidence of how entranced I was in the ephemeral, prismatic, patterned landscapes they led me through.  Documenting the space and time travel of each participant, a selection of photos taken through Future Eyes hung the walls throughout the event’s ballad of live performances, meditations, and audiovisual stimulations.  The evening’s highlights included a guided solstice meditation led by Maria Calderon, a hypnotic performance by Nana Ghana, visuals by MYSTERR + Torie Zalben, Alec Singer, and a live act from Miss M.E (Meghan Edwards).  In addition to all of that, luminescent textiles lined the pyramidal installation pictured by Ariel Rose of Indigo Orangutan.  Part of an ongoing “creation station” project, Indigo Orangutan‘s Gospel of Genesis is “a communal offering of paints and instruments in order to stimulate imagination and creation,” inviting guests to cozy-up and paint among a sea of saturated fabric and cosmic-clad, stationed artists.

Space-rave clad artist as part of Alec Singer + Alec Rose of Indigo Orangutan's installation. Photo: Kelsey Hart for DUMDUM zine

Artist as part of Ariel Rose of Indigo Orangutan’s installation.
Photo: Kelsey Hart for DUM DUM zine

Each element of the evening seemed to be an invocation inspiring heightened sensory awareness, with the collective congregation around the multi-faceted crystalline Future Eyes itself spatial evidence of how easy it can be to step-into a realm of acute, limitless, and unified perception.  One of the many significant mythological and religious connotations referenced through the tree of life is how the divine manifests creation.  Through Future Eyes and immersive investigations demanding us to isolate and experience one of our senses in a new way, we can cross-over to a higher state of being and traverse an altered plane of perception – one where the dream-world and the real-world are rendered visible in one indistinguishable, perfect frame.

"11-11" inkjet print on mylar by Sharsten.   Photo: Sharsten

“11-11” inkjet print on mylar by Sharsten.
Photo: Sharsten

As the Future Eyes Foto Book Project is compiled, and as I anticipate the next installment of Fotoshows, I will continue to favor my own kaleidoscopic lenses.  To submit photos for the forthcoming Future Eyes Foto Book Project and tune into what’s on the future’s horizon visit futureeyes.org.  Our lovely friends at DUM DUM zine, an LA-based collective publishing experimental literature and art, were also in attendance and documented the evening’s extrasolar journey through this photo narrative. 

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AFTERnono

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It’s been one year since WOAH hosted award-winning performance troupe Suchu Dance at our mobile art space’s first mall location in Houston, Texas. Last June, Suchu Dance inaugurated the opening of West Oaks Art House at West Oaks Mall (WOAH at WOM) with the site-specific performance ‘Afternono.’ Activating the entire lower tier of former JC Penney walls at West Oaks Mall, ‘Afternono’ was performed over a period of three weeks to coincide with Houston’s 10th Big Range Dance Festival.  Suchu Artistic Director and Founder, Jennifer Wood, choreographed the performance which spanned all 50,000 square ft. of the former department store.

Invited to roam and travel through the space as the graceful action of the 16 dancers progressed, audience members were invited to have an experiential and intimate encounter with the piece. Exploring the use of vast space as a vessel, and intentionally laying bare typical theatrical elements such as sophisticated lighting or sound, the immersive nature of ‘Afternono’ challenged conventional theatre relationships. Creating a spatial synthesis between viewer and performer, the audience was as integral to ‘Afternono’ as the free-flowing synchronicities of the dancer’s themselves.

In addition to marking one-year since WOAH welcomed Suchu (…and thus beginning our friendship and fan-hood), we encourage local Houstonians to check out their latest piece “BOSK” opening in Houston tomorrow evening, Fri. 6/7. “BOSK” will sadly be the last time Suchu performs at their long-standing downtown home, Barnevelder Theater–the arts complex they conceived, built, and have performed within since 2003. Don’t miss your chance to see this unparalleled team of artists at their homebase!

Suchu Dance premieres ‘BOSK’  this Fri 6/7 at 8PM | Performances Thurs-Sat thru 6/22.
Visit http://www.suchudance.org for info | Reserve tickets via http://conta.cc/11HW2cv.

Suchu Dance premieres 'Bosk' Fri. 6/7 at 8PM

Suchu Dance premieres ‘BOSK’ Fri. 6/7 at 8PM

pssst . . . the zines . . .

The countdown begins!!!

And all of you zine-sters better be ready . . .

Less than a week away and just two short weeks after Printed Matter presented the first annual L.A. Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA . . .

The second annual L.A. Zine Fest takes place this Sunday February 17th, 2013 from 11AM-5PM!

For a complete listing of exhibitors, events, and location details for the three venues hosting this year’s festivities and zine-tivities, visit the 2013 L.A. Zine Fest website.

Poster Design by Amy Fortunato // available online at http://lazinefest.com/fliers/#jp-carousel-2045

Poster Design by Amy Fortunato // poster url available here