A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in L.A.: a day of cyberpunk at USC; a performance by Julianna Barwick and Matthew Brandt at the Getty; a performance by Ted Byrnes and Olivia Booth at the Finley; and an artist talk by Do Ho Suh at the Hammer.
Saturday, Apr. 24, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For those who thought cyberpunk began and ended with the 1995 film Hackers, it's time to reboot. In fact, the movement started in the 1980s, and its legacy carries on in the activities of the international hacking network Anonymous and cybersecurity experts, as well as our perception of the Internet's early days. This daylong event will feature panel discussions about the origins of cyberpunk and its lasting impression with some of the cultural moment's most prominent figures (mainly sci-fi writers), a series of collaborative workshops meant to update the cyberpunk ethos, and a "final rant" by Hugo Award-winning author Bruce Sterling, followed by a reception and book signing.
USC Visions & Voices, The Ray Stark Family Theater, 900 West 34th Street
Saturday, Apr. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Known for her airy compositions and delicate vocals, Brooklyn-based songwriter Julianna Barwick is more likely to be seen at the Pitchfork Festival than at an art museum. But the J. Paul Getty Museum has invited her to collaborate with artist Matthew Brandt in conjunction with its showcase of new photography, "Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography"—which itself is unfamiliar territory for a museum that usually focuses on historical material. Brandt, a young photographer who shows with M+B Gallery in Los Angeles, has created work from images sourced from the Getty and the Harold M. Williams Auditorium, which he will project during the performance.
The Getty, 1200 Getty Center Drive
Sunday, Apr. 26, 6 p.m.
Ted Byrnes is a jazz drummer who has both an extensive musical résumé and a history of collaborating with artists such as John Knuth, Bret Nicely, Doug Aitken, Dani Tull and Jeff Perkins. He will help open Olivia Booth's new show of glass sculptures, "Terragni Pieces," at micro-gallery the Finley, which is in the stairwell of an apartment complex. Byrnes will play the banister of the stairwell, as well as a few of Booth's sculptures.
The Finley, 4627 Finley Avenue
Tuesday, Apr. 28, 7:30 p.m.
A ghostly upside-down red polyester staircase hung from the ceiling at the Tate Modern (Staircase-III, 2010). A floor made of nearly 2000 miniature human figures collectively holding up sheets of glass (Floor, 2001). A sculpture that looks like a net from a distance, but on closer inspection reveals itself to be made of many tiny figurines holding onto each other (Net-Work, 2010). This is just a sampling of South Korea-born artist Do Ho Suh's impressive oeuvre. He'll speak about these works and more in a lecture at the Hammer.
UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.