The Lab is a nonprofit experimental art and performance space located in the Mission District of San Francisco.
6pm Doors / 6:30pm Talk
Jon Rafman (b. 1981) is a Canadian artist and writer interested in the impact digital technologies have on society. In his films and installations, he explores online subcultures, multiplayer video games, and our increasing obsession with digital life, virtual and real. His immersive works and exhibitions interrogate how our collective human experience and individual desires are shaped and mediated by continually evolving digital and communication platforms.
Experience It is a conversation series about this work. In close dialogue with visiting artists, the series will examine, among other things, the social and architectural conditions of an exhibition site. The format will include conversations between each artist and the writer and art historian James Voorhies, as well as viewings of film clips, performances, and images of their work to dissect and analyze their multivalent, time-based activity. The series will address questions around the making and reception of this work by looking closely at artists’ practices and processes, their engagement with institutional infrastructures, and discussing how they negotiate the economics of making work. Experience It aims to reveal why artists choose their given artistic approaches, how institutions support them, and how they imagine their audiences as integral to the art, ultimately arriving at a better understanding of the “it” in the work.
2018 tour launch for Oracle+ (OAK), RRLEW (NYC) and Frank's Tina Takes (OAK), also the release party for a new Oracle+ DVD on Resipiscent Records.
If video were marble slab, Oracle+ carves negative space to uncover its neolithic paintings and stained voices. This is free-form divined and reenacted aesthetics, not your art museum's brand of self-expression but something spookier by a fathom, teasing familiars into view only to dispel, casting them back into sinkholes of tactile video, sound art, costume, sculpture, guided nightmare humor and collective memory. Now, as in millennia past, to consult an oracle is to greet fate, not what transcends the blizzard, but what is hidden within it. Oracle+ are Stephanie and Miel Lister, sisters raised up from Florida, in the conflux of rusting muscle cars and computers, televangelical fashion and eco-cataclysm. None of which touched the haunted calm shared between them, a secret of sisters enlarged into another sphere. https://youtu.be/vzAqusbATKE
RRLEW is the Rube Goldberg Machine of performance art. The solo project of NYC's Rachel Lewallen, when RRLEW throws down, it's really all the world that comes unhung where it had been painfully hooked by its twisted underpants. Now naked and pancaked, all breath knocked from us, Lewallen has only just begun. With gesture, costume, electronics, dance, she suspends all rules allowing her undead audience to hover above that void from where the next breath better come... whether choking gasps or song, commands or dance, laughter, screams or silence will erupt next is existential dread and disbelief itself, a shared fate she unfolds in real time. Recordings will not tell it, you'll need to leave your twisted unmentionables, come off your hung-ups, and unforgettably see her show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUJnqR-gENI
Frank's Tina Takes
“Armchair pathologist of the last century and beyond.” “Honest as a lunar landing and twice as close.” Laden with generational bait, Frank invites you to fake your first footsteps, run clear your history and delete your drive. https://soundcloud.com/franzrolloverminutes
Thursday, April 5, 2018
8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Sound
$20 Guests / $12 for Members
Reserve seats: member login or guest registration
Best known for his work with the seminal outfit SWANS, Westberg’s output beyond that group is sprawling and restless. His name recurs and ripples through many interconnected micro-histories surrounding New York City’s music and art scenes. From appearances in film works associated with the Cinema Of Transgression, through to his participation in bands such as The Heroine Sheiks and Five Dollar Priest, Westberg’s name is woven deeply into the fabric of New York over the past three decades.
After five years of touring as the percussionist of The Swans, Thor Harris began Thor & Friends in the autumn of 2015 as a vehicle to experiment with a cast of rotating Austin based musicians in the vein of American minimalism. As an instrument carpenter and acoustic polyglot, Thor & Friends is the sound of Harris’ return home — an elongated greeting and ode to his community, woodworking shop, and the instruments his hands bring texture too.
Join us for 24 hours of magic with 🌞Immersive Yoga 🌗 Performance Art 🌙An Ambient Sleepover 🌓and a Sunrise Rave 🌞!!
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