The Wandering Ear: Invitation to Hear the Earth Breathe and Rebels Sing.
Please join us Saturday, March 10, 1-3pm, for The Wandering Ear: Invitation to Hear the Earth Breathe, in conjunction to the exhibition, Johanna Breiding: The Rebel Body, currently on view at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro. The afternoon will include works by Basma Alsharif, Dylan Mira, Saewon Oh and Dorian Wood.
Please note: In order to listen to most of the works, guests will need to bring headphones and download audio files onto their cellphones on the day of the event. Instructions will be provided upon arrival. Events will take place both in the galleries and outside premises of AGCC, and will conclude with a live performance by Dorian Wood.
—INFORMATION ON THE WORKS—
Basma Alsharif: Deep Sleep Auto-Hypnosis
The population in the Gaza Strip has been under blockade for over 10 years, with border closures from Israel and Egypt severely restricting access into and out of the territory that inhabits nearly 3 million people living in severe poverty. As someone with access to the territory, Alsharif wanted to find a way beyond these restrictions and undertook the study and practice of auto-hypnosis so that I could attempt to bi-locate into other sites from Gaza and to then offer the possibility for voyaging into the Gaza Strip for those who can’t get in.
In order to help induce hypnosis, Alsharif created a binaural-beat soundtrack made from field recordings in the Gaza Strip. She invites visitors to a 20-minute meditation session that will include a brief description of the landscape that participants can visit through sound-waves, offering a means to enter into a contested site beyond the physical limitations imposed by political conflict.
Dylan Mira and Saewon Oh: Speaker is a microphone
An experimental audio tour through rebel bodies, ancestral mythologies, and the geopolitical echoes of Angels Gate including an aural ringing of the Korean Friendship Bell. Using automatic writing, plant based practices, and field recordings Saewon Oh and Dylan Mira feel the space.
Dorian Wood: Enferma de Sal
Dorian Wood’s haunting voice animates the central work of the exhibition,The Rebel Body. In this event, Wood will perform against the backdrop of San Pedro coast line, addressing the local deterioration from both sea breeze and mankind.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
Main Galleries I and II feature The Rebel Body that is on view until March 17th. The central work, The Rebel Body, is a video installation that takes the story of Anna Göldi, the last European witch to be executed (1782), as a point of departure and considers the ramifications of hearsay and storytelling. Highlighting the role of the witness, the work documents the landscapes that contain—and subtly recount—buried histories of injustices. The video is made in collaboration with Shoghig Halajian, and partially narrated by Silvia Federici (author of Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation), with sound by Dorian Wood and editing by Katrin Ebersohn. The exhibition includes Demonstrative Score, a two-channel video installation that uses an archival compilation of acts of protest that aim to dismantle public monuments of European historical leaders and Confederate soldiers. Archival footage offers a visual score for choreography, performed by taisha paggett. The work responds to recent iconoclastic events that demand revisions to national narratives, and define history as a living document that warrants active engagement by marginalized subjects. This two-channel video installation is edited by Cary Cronenwett. Additionally, Slippage/Spillage presents a constellation of diaristic photographic imagery that serve as propositions for personal encounters and collective actions. The observational gaze recalls photographic histories of social realism and enacts an urgency to witness and record, while underscoring the poetics and fragmentation of the archive.