Grand Lady Dance House/Jennie Liu and Andrew Gilbert will be in residence at The Mistake Room Gallery in Los Angeles April 9-30, 2016 with HOUSE MUSIC, a new project in development that was last seen as a work-in-progress at the 2015 LAX Festival.
The Mistake Room will launch a new initiative committed to supporting performance and body-based practices through research, residencies, and exhibitions. Conceived by Samara Kaplan, The Mistake Room’s Curator of Performance, Film, and Discursive Programs, this new focus within the organization’s broader curatorial program aims to explore performance as an intricate composite of processes and interactions rather than solely as a time-based object.
To launch this new initiative, performers Jennie Liu and Andrew Gilbert will transform The Mistake Room’s main gallery into an artist studio, ceremony space, and performance venue. Over the duration of three weeks, during regular operating hours, Liu and Gilbert will periodically use the space to rehearse, ritualize and share their daily performance practice. Ethically and structurally informed by their ongoing study of the highly disciplined Urasenke tradition of Japanese tea ceremony, the artists’ practice is rooted in modes of shared learning of music pieces and choreographies both by peers and artists throughout history.
Within the space visitors will encounter a large-scale house-like structure custom built by designer Shannon Scrofano, informed by attributes of traditional Japanese tea houses. For the final two weeks of the project, Liu and Gilbert will invite up to sixteen guests inside this structure to witness and participate in an original ceremony. Part electronic dance music recital, part travelogue of a creative journey, part biography of an artist relationship, guests will be absorbed into an elaborately coded system of interactions, designed to explore the idea that only within constraints lies the truest freedom.
This project takes the residency model as a point of departure, approaching performance as a long-term multifaceted practice. In dismantling the hierarchy of performance-as-product, this project proposes a new way to exhibit research as art, facilitating an exchange of ideas around process. In a climate that encourages us to produce more things more quickly than ever, HOUSE MUSIC: A Residency forces us to slow down and consider the many aspects of long-term practices, rituals, and relationships that make them truly meaningful.
HOUSE MUSIC: A Residency is organized by The Mistake Room and curated by Samara Kaplan, TMR Curator of Performance, Film, and Discursive Programs.
Thurs. April 21: 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm | Fri. April 22: 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm | Sat. April 23: 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
Thurs. April 28: 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm | Fri. April 29: 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm | Sat. April 30: 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
CLOSING RECEPTION: Sat. April 30, 2016, 3-6pm
To attend a performance, please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that in addition to performances, The Mistake Room will be open during regular hours, Wed. – Sat., 11am-6pm.