Studio Residents Dahn Gim & Alex Wand culminating show: Sympoiesis

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1450 Ocean Ave · Santa Monica, Ca

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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.


5pm: Open studio format & 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.
“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 relations and reciprocity of both human and non-human and living and non-living things. Embracing this web of relations, Sympoiesis examines how things interpenetrate one another, amorphously cohere and partially assimilate each another to create evolving systems. The experimental performance presents sympoietic arrangements of music, movement, computer programming and sculpture.

Dahn Gim was born in Busan (Republic of Korea), raised in Toronto (Canada) and now lives and works in Los Angeles (United States). Gim explores a wide range of media and techniques to create her work such as sound, video, textile, drawing, digital prints, sculpture, and performance. Gim has received fellowships from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and UC Institute and Research in the Arts (UCIRA). She was awarded 2016 International Emerging Artists Award (Dubai) and[masked] Kala Art Institute Fellowship. After completing her MFA in Media Arts at UCLA, she has been exhibited nationally and internationally. 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.

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.

Camera Obscura Art Lab is a program of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs #ArtSaMo

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