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Dahn Gim and Alex Wand: Sympoiesis

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Camera Obscura Art Lab at 1450 Ocean

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Join us for a Studio Residency culminating event featuring open studios, a documentary screening and a new site-specific performance that moves from the Camera Obscura to the beach, from Dahn Gim and Alex Wand. Light refreshments provided. Note that part of the performance takes place in the Camera tower, located up 14 steps, and part takes place on the beach. For those guests following the performance to the beach, sun/wind protection and comfortable shoes are suggested.

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5pm: open studio and light refreshments

6-6:50pm: Alex Wand screens a documentary film about his Camino de las Monarcas project, where as "Alejandro Botijo" he cycled 2000 miles from Los Angeles to Michoacan, Mexico, following the migratory paths of the monarchs and seeding a path of milkweed along the way.

7-7:45pm: Sympoiesis performance
Principal collaborators: Alex Wand, Dahn Gim; Musicians: Odeya Nini, Kathryn Shuman, Luke Williams, Alex Wand; Choreography: Jay Carlon with performers tba.


Sympoiesis

It matters what knowledges know knowledges. It matters what relations relate relations. It matters what worlds world worlds. It matters what stories tell stories. --- Donna Haraway, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, Duke University Press, 2016

Sympoiesis is a collaborative performance with sculpture, movement, and live music by Camera Obscura Studio Residents Dahn Gim and Alex Wand. The term, “Sympoiesis,” meaning synergistic creation, was utilized by theorist Donna Haraway to emphasize the art of living in deeply troubled times, surviving in discomfort and coexisting with devastation. This mode of thinking emphasizes the reciprocal relationships of human, non-human, living and non-living things. Embracing a web of relations, Sympoiesis examines how beings and objects signal to, amorphously cohere and partially assimilate each other to generate evolving systems.

The performance begins at the Camera Obscura in the tower viewing platform. You will be invited to observe dancers far away on the sand, manipulating sunlight to reflect toward the Camera. They signal, utilizing mirrors that have been transformed into uncanny and yet bodily familiar objects by Dahn Gim using locally found discarded plastics. The dancers' movements and the reflected sun transmissions trigger sounds mediated and digitally processed by Luke Williams and Alex Wand, who conduct live musicians to perform in conjunction with the sythesized sounds. The remote and local performances share this music, presenting a real-time entanglement of intimacy and distance. Observers are invited to include themselves, following the musicians to the beach and joining the dancers in a journey to the shore. Sympoiesis presents a system where the music, movement, reutilized plastic waste, bodies and the natural world are entwined.


Dahn Gim was born in Busan, Korea, was raised in Toronto and now lives and works in Los Angeles. Gim explores a wide range of media and techniques to create her work such as sound, video, textile, drawing, digital prints, sculpture, and performance. She has received fellowships from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and UC Institute and Research in the Arts (UCIRA), and was awarded a 2016 International Emerging Artists Award (Dubai) and a 2018-2019 Kala Art Institute Fellowship. After completing her MFA in Media Arts at UCLA, she has been exhibited internationally including venues such as Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles; Currents New Media 2017: El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Santa Fe; Nuit Blanche: Art Souterrain 2017, Montreal; Dongdaemoon Design Plaza (DDP), Seoul; Barnsdall Art Gallery, Los Angeles; New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles; Fellowship of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Somerset House; London, and TAG bxl, Brussels. For her residency project, she is creating sculptures from beach plastics, keeping the material out of the waste stream and highlighting both the problem of plastic and the overlooked utiliy of this resource. In addition, Dahn is creating a large format weaving with workshop participants, using bottle plastic yarn. dahngim.com

Alex Wand is a Grammy Award-winning musician and composer based in Los Angeles. He performs as a solo artist and with the groups Desert Magic and The Partch Ensemble. He often collaborates with filmmakers, dancers, and coders, to create music scores that involve his interests in just intonation, sonification, folk music, and sound art. Originally from Detroit, he studied music composition at the University of Michigan and at CalArts with composers Bright Sheng, Michael Fink, Ulrich Krieger, and Wolfgang von Schweinitz. For his Camera Obscura residency project, he is exploring the sonification of kinetic information from ocean waves as a part of his broader study of the range of sounds that can be drawn from the environment. alexwand.com

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Directions: The Camera Obscura Art Lab is at 1450 Ocean Ave on the west side of Ocean just north of Broadway. By Metro - 4th St. Santa Monica Downtown stop, walk two blocks west to Ocean and 1.5 blocks north from the Pier entrance. Parking is $6 or less for 3 hours in Parking Structure 6 (2nd between Broadway and Santa Monica), and $5 on weekends at the Civic Auditorium lot just down Main Street at 333 Civic Center Dr. Meters on Ocean Avenue; $2/hr maximum 3 hours. More info: smgov.net/parking. Buses: visit bigbluebus.com or metro.net for more information. Bike share lockup just south of us in the park; for personal bikes remember to bring a strong lock.

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