A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in L.A. this week: a performance by Wayne Koestenbaum at REDCAT; a screening of Wynne Greenwood's videos at 356 Mission; a program devoted to experimental cinema and language presented by Los Angeles Filmforum; and a 12-hour cycle of music and meditation at UCLA's Broad Art Center.
Friday, October 16, 8:45 p.m.
Wayne Koestenbaum is a multidisciplinary force of irreverence and insight. The poet and critic, whose paintings were unveiled to a wide audience at White Columns in 2012, last month debuted his musical stylings at The Kitchen with a suite of piano miniatures and improvised soliloquies. This week, Koestenbaum brings the performance to L.A., as part of a program of works at REDCAT named for his 2007 novel, Hotel Theory (Soft Skull Press). In that book, the left side of the page was a phenomenological study of hotels and isolation as it pertains to writing, while the right side was a novel about an imagined hotel meeting between Lana Turner and Liberace. At REDCAT, Koestenbaum performs a selection of pieces by Scriabin, Chopin, Albéniz and others, while improvising monologues in correspondence with the musical phrases. He'll respond to audience questions in the same musical manner.
REDCAT, 631 West 2nd Street
Saturday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.
It's been 16 years since Wynne Greenwood first toured her video performance band Tracy + the Plastics, and nine years since she officially retired the outfit. In conjunction with the New Museum's exhibition, "Wynne Greenwood: Kelly," which premieres a complete and newly mastered archive of Tracy + the Plastics, 356 Mission presents a screening of selections from that archive. The band, which consisted of Greenwood as vocalist accompanied by videos of herself portraying alter-ego bandmates Nikki and Cola, combined feminist queer politics with performance art and underground music.
356 Mission, 356 South Mission Road
Sunday, October 18, 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Filmforum presents the first screening in a series devoted to landscape in experimental cinema. This program of works by Sharon Lockhart, Francis Alÿs and Phill Niblock explores the connection between the human form, the environment and the moving image. The body as a unit of measurement is the thread which ties together Niblock's Trabajando Dos (Mexico) (1973-74), Alÿs's REEL-UNREEL (2011) and Lockhart's NŌ (2003) and PÓDWORKA (2009). Lockhart will be present for the screening.
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Sunday, October 18, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
At the UCLA Broad Art Center, artist Jesse R. Fleming organizes CYCLE, a 12-hour event involving music, meditation, installation and food. For the event, nearly 20 invited artists and facilitators were each asked to interpret the theme of regeneration. In seven sets separated by 30-minute breaks, musicians—mostly from the drone and electronic genres—are paired with visual artists and guided meditation facilitators. Participating musicians include Diva Dompe, Electric Sound Bath, Eric Parren, Keenan Hartsten, Kid 606, Lewis Pesacov and M Geddes Gengras.