Los Angeles Performance Practice and Automata have collaborated to offer development residencies for Southern California artists creating new works of live performance. The program is designed to provide vital infrastructure for Los Angeles based artists, and places emphasis on work that reflects/connects to the unique histories, environments, communities, issues and artistic legacies that define it.
Selected projects receive 24-hour access to dedicated space for a one- or two-week period at Automata in Los Angeles’ Chinatown District, as well as additional financial support in the form of a modest stipend. This is a alternative performance space/gallery, suitable for small to mid-scale projects, that either need minimal technical infrastructure or construct their own systems of design and installation.
Each residency will be crafted in collaboration with the artistic team, who are asked to identify specific areas of research, development and/or collaboration, along with a minimum of one point of public engagement, which may take the form of conversations, workshops, showings or other activities open to the public. In addition to supporting the quality of works being developed, we also seek to extend the dialogue about contemporary performance, and connect institutions, audiences and students to the creative life of artists.
Collaboratively offered by Los Angeles Performance Practice and Automata, with support from the California Art Council’s Creative California Communities program.
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APPLICATION DEADLINE: DECEMBER 12, 2016 at 11:59PM PST
– Contact information for a lead artists, based in the Greater Los Angeles area.
– Project title & list of participating collaborators.
– Project Summary: Provide a brief description of the proposed residency project.
– Project Timeline: Briefly outline how this residency fits in your overall development process.
– Residency Proposal: Describe in detail how you would use a 1- to 2-week residency at Automata, including participants and any specific areas of creative development or research that would serves as your focus.
– Scheduling: List any known dates your team is unavailable to participate in a residency between March and August 2017.
– Lead applicant artist statement or bio.
– At least one, and no more than three, work samples that represent your work. Each work sample should be no longer than five minutes in length. Video work samples are preferred. Samples may be from previous work, or work-in-process of your current project.
To prepare for completing the online application, download a pdf sample here:
Development +Research Residency Application SAMPLE QUESTIONS.
Applications must be submitted via the online application form via the link below. All complete applications received by the deadline will be considered. Applicants will be informed of the panel’s decision via e-mail by January 25, 2017.
Complete the online application here:
Development + Research Residency APPLICATION
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We are thrilled to help introduce Riting.la to the performance community in Los Angeles! Jennie Liu and Alana Reibstein launched their new critical writing platform last week, featuring several LAX Festival projects as their initial subjects.
Riting is an experiment in writing that engages with performance happening now in Los Angeles. Riting is a ground for encounters between artists, their critical community, and the public they belong to. Riting brings together a multiplicity of bodies and a polyphony of voices. Riting supposes there is no definitive untangling. Riting assumes mutuality of investment in the ecology of performance activity in this city.
Please check out [and support] their incredible efforts:
“Los Angeles artists are revolutionizing the game, and you need to start paying attention.” —Los Angeles Magazine
The FOURTH annual Live Arts Exchange / LAX Festival returns September 22–October 2, 2016!
We have an incredible festival lined up for you this year, with 8 featured projects and 44 performances made by dozens of artists based here in LA. Our program is a dynamic blend of contemporary dance, theater in new forms, experiential walks, video installations, new music/opera, puppets making sounds, and parties. Plus a brunch-time chat series to dive into concerns in contemporary performance in our city and our field, and a new late-night hub on the rooftop of the Ace Hotel.
Produced by Los Angeles Performance Practice, this year’s festival is made in collaboration with the Bootleg Theater, Automata, Metro Arts Presents, Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, 1333 Willow and the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands.
There’s so much to love—but we need your help to get it off the ground. By supporting the festival on Kickstarter, you’ll provide us with the critical support we need to in turn support local artists. In return, you’ll receive VIP access to events, discounted festival passes, and hot-off-the-press information about the projects and artists in this year’s lineup.
Help KICKSTART this year’s festival for some great rewards here: http://kck.st/2aUefAy
“A series featuring local artists who blur boundaries like nobody’s business.” —LA Weekly
The California Arts Council, a state agency, announced that it plans to award $56,000 to Automata Arts, in partnership with Los Angeles Performance Practice, as part of its Creative California Communities program. We are one of only forty-one grantees statewide for this program.
The Creative California Communities program supports collaborative projects that harness arts and culture as vehicles for creative placemaking. Supported projects represent the distinct character and quality of a community and present a vision for enhancing the social or economic livability of that community through the arts. Projects benefit residents and visitors to California’s communities by leveraging the assets of the creative sector (artists, cultural organizations and arts-related businesses) to address community needs or priorities. All projects are designed and developed by a nonprofit arts organization in collaboration with at least one partnering organization, and centralize California artists and their work in the project design and implementation.
Automata and Los Angeles Performance Practice will partner with the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, in addition to a handful of local businesses, to continue our launch of NEW/NET, a new creative development platform and resource for Los Angeles-based artists working in contemporary performance with robust programs in professional development, innovative shared audience engagement strategies, a web-based publishing platform, and economic infusion through direct opportunities for artists.
NEW/NET, as a platform, will provide creative residency support for the generation of new projects at Automata and CAP UCLA, in addition to other partnering sites. The platform will continue to hold Free Advice, a one-on-one consultation service for artists in the Los Angeles area hosted monthly at the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, and will soon create a performance viewing club and a workshop series for creative and professional development, with sessions led by the Los Angeles Performance Practice producing team and established artists in the field.
Projects programmed as part of the upcoming Live Arts Exchange / LAX Festival, produced by Los Angeles Performance Project, will pilot new initiatives designed to provide context and online engagement for audiences interested in contemporary dance and performance. Online resources will become available in September.
“I am beyond thrilled to have the support of the California Arts Council in launching NEW/NET as a strategy to benefit dozens of artists working in performance in Los Angeles,” said Miranda Wright, Executive Director of Los Angeles Performance Practice.
“This is a unique opportunity for me to fuse artist-centered programs at Automata and Los Angeles Performance Practice, and to further our existing relationship with CAP UCLA, where I have been the Curatorial Artist in Residence for the past year. It is without question that artists in Los Angeles need and deserve an enhanced infrastructure for the generation of work that is reflective of our contemporary society, which is often marred by tragedy, as they create opportunities for all of us to gather together for a shared creative experience.”
The news of Automata’s grant was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, which can be viewed online at http://arts.ca.gov/news/pressreleases.php.
“California Arts Council grants provide vital support for projects in diverse communities across our state,” said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. “This was an historic year of state arts support. We are proud to invest more than $8.5 million in funding 712 grant projects that will stimulate local growth and prosperity, and meet the needs of our communities through deep engagement with culture and creative expression.”
The California Arts Council will continue to grow the reach of its programs in the coming year, as the result of a significant one-time state arts funding increase for 2016-17 announced last week.
Automata is a non-profit organization in the Chinatown District of Los Angeles, dedicated to the creation, incubation, and presentation of experimental puppet theater, experimental film, and other contemporary art practices centered on ideas of artifice and performing objects. Automata stands at the fulcrum points between objects and performance, artifacts and ephemera, magic and mechanics, artifice and interface. Automata creates and nurtures new work that is engaged in cutting edge art practices, and in deep conversation with our contemporary culture of simulation and mimicry while embracing the aura of the handmade and hand-operated. www.automata-la.org
Los Angeles Performance Practice is a producing organization and artists’ network dedicated to supporting Los Angeles’ unique contemporary performance community. It is comprised of independent artists and companies who create groundbreaking theatrical experiences through innovative approaches to collaboration, technology, and social engagement. LAPP serves artists through three key programs: selective project producing & management, the annual Live Arts Exchange (LAX) Festival, and NEW/NET, an artist and audience development platform. www.losangelesperformancepracice.org www.liveartsexchange.org
The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.