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The Oracle at AI

Please join us Friday, February 9 for a New Moon Ritual, followed by a public forum on magic, mythos, and artificial intelligence.

On the evening of February’s New Moon and the eve of the Lunar New Year, Qianqian Ye and AX Mina present The Oracle at AI, a live ritual guided by artificial intelligence. The performance blends sound, incense, and meditation practices with the intuitive personas of Large Language Models (LLMs). Following the group ritual, Ye and Mina will join artist and writer, Paige Emery and Maria Minnis for a roundtable discussion.

The Oracle at AI is the latest installment of Ye and Mina’s digital installation “Do Machines Dream of Magic?” which explores the influence of traditional magic forms on the magical thinking surrounding artificial intelligence. As collaborators, Ye and Mina work with LLMs, Stable Diffusion models, and generative prompt templates to craft protection and healing rituals for emerging digital age.

To preserve the intimacy of the ritual, we ask participant to arrive promptly by 6PM. Limited RSVPs are available at the link below. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat, blanket and/or cushion.

The Oracle at AI is presented in conjunction with SMALL V01CE, curated by Jesse Damiani.

Summer Block Party: Music, Performance, and Poetry Showcase

Please join us Saturday, August 12th for a summer block party in concert with the gallery’s summer exhibitions.

Live music, performances, and poetry readings by Edgar Fabián Frías, Vaughan Larsen, Marcel Monroy, Priestusssy, Cielo Saucedo, and Sammie Veeler. Food and drink vendors will be on site for purchase.

Edgar Fabián Frías is a multidisciplinary artist with a diverse skill set that spans various art forms, including installation, photography, video art, sound, sculpture, textiles, performance, and community organizing. Their work explores themes such as historical legacies, resilience, and radical imagination within the context of Indigenous Futurism, spirituality, and queer aesthetics. Frías was born in East Los Angeles in 1983 and received dual BA degrees in Psychology and Studio Art from UC Riverside. They later obtained an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on Interpersonal Neurobiology and Somatic Psychotherapy from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. In 2022, Frías earned their MFA in Art Practice from UC Berkeley.

Vaughan Larsen received their BFA in Photography from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Later that year, they placed First in the Getty Images 2019 International Creative Bursary Award, first prize in the Amsterdam Pride Photo Award, and was named a 2019 Fellow by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary Nohl Fellowship. Their work has been shown throughout Wisconsin, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, New Orleans, Pratt MWP’s campus gallery, and Europe. Their work has been written about in several publications, including Humble Arts Foundation. Larsen has presented at the Paul Brach Lecture Series at CalArts in 2021. They are now preparing their first solo museum exhibition at the Museum of Wisconsin Art.

Marcel Monroy is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and cellist. They currently live remotely in Northern California and are attending an MA program in Los Angeles.

Star Feliz/Priestusssy (b. 1992, Lenapehoking, New York, NY) is an artist and healer living and working on Tongva land (Los Angeles, CA). Feliz illuminates the processes of world-building as they braid back together the strands of life within their Afro-Taino lineage of the Dominican Republic and the wider Caribbean diaspora that were so violently fragmented since the onset of European colonization. Working across media, their conceptual installations take the form of maps, songs, dimensions, and talismans. Through the exploration of the twinned histories of humanity and the earth, a unique visual lexicon emerges that embraces the mundane and the unknowable as sacred. Often functioning as wayfinding tools, these interventions bring an inter-dimensional perspective to the forefront and make manifest the transcendent possibilities between the scientific, the intuitive, and the fantastical. While investigating universal phenomena like loss and desire, they engage with the theoretical touchstones of feminist thought, the queer radical tradition, contemporary Black liberation movements and land rematriation. Under the moniker of Priestusssy they create experimental devotional music with the earth through intimate narratives of transformation.

Cielo Saucedo is an interdisciplinary artist and access worker. Their work focuses on the dispersal of ableism through cultural economies. They work to dissolve curative aspirations encoded in technology. Their practice hybridizes computer generated imagery, sculpture, writing and virtual reality. They received their BFA from School of the Art Institute, Chicago, and are currently an MFA candidate at UCLA.

Sammie Veeler is an artist based in Los Angeles whos work takes the shape of undulating loops in time playing out across performance, digital media, world building, and prose. Veeler seek to examine the spiritual and transformative power of personal and collective digital archives by connecting the personal practice of preserving her late husband’s personal data to the collective production of history online. Veeler is the co-founder and Gallery Director of New Art City.

Food by Kumpay Kitchen

Organized in collaboration with Star Feliz.

 

 

An Evening of Hybrid Drag Performance

Please join us Friday May 19th 7-9PM, for a live performance by Antigoni Tsagkrapoulou, followed by a screening of Wesleigh Gates’ recorded zoom performance A/B Machines, 2020.

 

Derek Jarman – Double Screening

Please join us, Wednesday May 25th at 7PM for a double screening of two films by Derek Jarman, Blue and Journey to Avebury.

There will be an introduction by LA based film maker Jamie Ross

Drag Showcase featuring House of Avalon

Please join us on Friday, May 12 from 7-9PM for a Drag Con Kick off party hosted in collaboration with LA-based queer collective, House of Avalon. The event will begin with a roundtable conversation with House of Avalon discussing their video installation currently on view at Honor Fraser, followed by drag performances by Symone, Gigi Goode, and Rylie.

House of Avalon merchandise will be available for sale.

RSVP to secure your spot

Exhibition Walk-through with Lucy McRae and Louise Salter

Please join us Saturday, February 18 from 2-5PM for a closing reception of Lucy McRae’s solo exhibition Future Sensitive. Our closing celebration is hosted in partnership with THE LAB MAG. A walkthrough with Lucy McRae and LAB MAG artistic director, Louise Salter will be held at 3PM.

Lucy McRae is a science fiction artist, filmmaker, inventor, and body architect. She is regarded as a pioneer who blurs the boundaries across art, architecture, design, and technology with a healthy disregard for labels that limit interdisciplinary practice. McRae has exhibited at art museums, film festivals, institutes, and science forums across the world including MIT, Ars Electronica, and NASA. Selected major artworks have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, NGV, Science Museum London, Centre Pompidou and Milan Triennial. McRae is a visiting professor at SCI Arc in Los Angeles and is recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. McRae encourages scientific conversation and has spoken at TED, Royal Albert Hall, Cannes Lion and Tribeca Film Festival.

Louise Salter is the artistic director of The Laboratory Arts Collective. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of The Lab Mag. Salter is one half of the directing duo Salter & Kihlstedt, a female run production company.

Summit for Future Sensitivity

The Summit for Future Sensitivity brings together seven leading artists in the field of art and technology to present short lectures on creative research and radical-tech imaginaries. During the live-streamed event, each artist will share aspects of their ongoing research and discuss overlapping themes in a public forum. The online webinar will last approximately one hour and is free and open to the public.

Featured Speakers: Lena Chen, Mia Imani Harrison, Young Joo Lee, Lucy McRae, Romi Ron Morrison, Tiara Roxanne, and Skawennati

Moderated by Jamison Edgar

Exhibition Walk-through with Lucy McRae and Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher (SFMoMA)

Please join us October 1st at 3PM for a walk-through of Future Sensitive with Lucy McRae and Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, SFMoMA Curator of Architecture and Design. McRae and Fletcher will guide visitors through the exhibition while unpacking major themes in the films, sculptures, and installations.

Film Screening: American Media, 2020

An experimental documentary that mixes elements of political satire and horror. An excavation of the structural elements of the American media landscape and how it functions to promote capitalist nationalism. A film about a potential near future nightmare scenario where the production of propaganda and misinformation media is automated. Based on a fictional script written in collaboration with OpenAI’s GPT-3 generative language model.
Directed by Don Edler, 2020

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