A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in Los Angeles: the films of Gordon Matta-Clark at the Mistake Room; a KLF listening session with Oliver Payne at 356 Mission; a looped screening of Nicole Miller's Believing Is Seeing film at LACMA; and a release party for a new book of science-fiction-and-art-themed fiction by Mark von Schlegell at the MAK Center.
Thursday, Sept. 18, 7-9:30 p.m.
Cities on Screen: Film Works by Gordon Matta-Clark (Day 2)
Gordon Matta-Clark wrote himself into history books by cutting holes and sightlines into buildings throughout the 1970s, until his death from pancreatic cancer in 1978. If you've ever wanted to see the artist at work, swinging sledgehammers and running saws atop giant ladders, you're in luck, because Matta-Clark documented the making of several of his works in 8mm and 16mm silent films, which will be shown as part of a two-day screening at the Mistake Room in downtown Los Angeles. Day two features Substrait (Underground Dailies), 1976; Splitting (1974); Conical Intersect (1975); and City Slivers (1976).
The Mistake Room, 1811 E. 20th St.
Saturday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m.
Oliver Payne's CHILL OUT
"Oliver Payne is a big fan of CHILL OUT," reads the press release for this listening party. The British artist will present the mellow, sample-heavy 1990 album by electronic music pioneers The KLF in its entirety. But don't expect the sort of listening party you might have in your home with friends—Payne will have guards on hand to make sure you don't whisper, text or do anything else that might hinder your totally chilling out.
356 Mission, 356 S. Mission Rd.
Saturday, Sept. 20, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Nicole Miller: Believing Is Seeing
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art started its LACMA9 program to expose the L.A. community to filmmaking labs and equipment usage. It also provides support for new works by artists like Jorge Pardo and Nicole Miller. Miller's latest work is a series of video portraits of Inglewood residents, giving a little peek into the lives of people with interesting stories that might not otherwise get heard. The 14-minute film will loop throughout the two-hour screening.
The Bing Theater at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Sunday, Sept. 21, 3 p.m.
Ickles, Etc. Book Release
Mark von Schlegell's science fiction novels and theoretical essays are known for providing sharp insights into 21st-century art practices, among other subjects. Von Schlegell's new book, Ickles, Etc. (Sternberg Press), is a fusion of the fictional and critical sides of his work—and it features artwork by Louise Lawler to boot. The plot follows Henries Ickles, the owner of an "info-architecture practice," as he "offers practical solutions to the most impenetrable theoretical entanglements of art, architecture, and science in the 2090s." Fittingly, the book gets a release party at the MAK Center at the Schindler House, the sort of modernist environs Ickles might like to discuss.
MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Rd.