The Lab is a nonprofit experimental art and performance space located in the Mission District of San Francisco.
$15 general admission / $10 members
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Club Chai and SHADE present South African DJ and producer DJ Lag. DJ Lag is known for pioneering the quintessentially Durban bass driven genre of Gqom beyond his own city and across the international dance music underground.
Club Chai is a label, event series, radio show and curatorial project founded by 8ULENTINA and FOOZOOL in Oakland, California. Club Chai centers diasporic narratives, women, and trans artists, DJs and producers while hybridizing nonwestern sounds with club music.
Shade is a concept. An art house. A name cultivated out of a friendship between two creative women of color who saw a void online and in the art world. Shade is currently run out of the Bay Area. Our space is ever changing and uncontainable.
DJ Lag: ‘Poster boy’ or his preferred descriptor of “king of gqom”—there’s no disputing DJ Lag has propelled the raw, foot-stomping, quintessential sound of Durban’s townships into the global music arena. A dark, minimalist, bass-heavy sound, full of offbeat thumps and stunted vocal snippets—DJ Lag’s visceral, evocative tunes continue to showcase its continued mutations. mutek.org/en/montreal/2018/artists/9595-dj-lag
Join The Lab’s writer in residence, Tongo Eisen-Martin, for a free open mic session starting at midnight. All are welcome. Show us what you got!
8pm Doors / 8:30pm Show
$25 Guests / $15 for Members
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Shell of a Woman is "crackpot genius" Dynasty Handbag's expert powerpoint lecture on the "10 Greatest Works Of Art" according to the internet. Professor Bags will "explain" (make up lies) about the work's origins which naturally devolve into semi-autobiographical/insane narratives peppered with songs, dance numbers and psychedelic inner monologuing. For example, did you know that Picasso's Guernica is about PETA activists setting free cows from a factory farm on the I5 and the subsequent rebellion of said cows against their liberators and Jackson Pollock's famous sloppy wiggle paintings are representations of wild 90's pasta dishes that were served in a revolving restaurant in Time's Square - plus more true facts plus a tap dancing numbers to Black Sabbath's "The Wizard" plus a remake of the pirate classic "Yo Ho Ho It's The Artist Life For Me".
Jibz Cameron is a performance/video artist and actor living in Los Angeles. Her multi-media performance work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has spanned 15 years and been presented at such institutions as MOCA, PS1, Joe's Pub, The Kitchen, REDCAT, The Broad Museum, The Hammer Museum, The New Museum of Contemporary Art New York, among others. She has been heralded by the New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years” and “outrageously smart, grotesque and innovative” by The New Yorker. She has written and produced 7 evening length performance pieces and countless short works that have been performed in clubs and venues internationally. She also has produced multiple video works and 2 albums of original music. In addition to her work as Dynasty Handbag she has also been seen acting in films, theater and television (internet web series no one has seen). She works as a professor of performance and comedy related subjects as well as lecturing and teaching workshops. Jibz also produces and hosts Weirdo Night!, a monthly comedy and performance event in Los Angeles.
$40 Guests / $30 Members
Many creative people have a hard time getting “out there” and being seen as the brilliant makers that we are. In this workshop, we’ll work through some of the roots of these false narratives that help keep us hidden-untangling what get's us stuck and staying stuck, what inspires us and what our biggest fears around art making are. We will also learn basic marketing tips and practical steps for growing a project and a practice (time management, social media outreach, asking for help from your community and helping your community). Bring a notebook and something to write with and your big questions! P.S. This workshop is FUN, despite the above description.
6:30 pm, doors open at 6 pm
Rosa Barba is an artist with a particular interest in film and the ways it articulates space. Taking a conceptual approach to filmmaking, questions of composition, physicality of form, and plasticity play an important role in the perception of her work. She interrogates the industry of cinema with respect to various forms of staging, such as gesture, genre, information, and documents, taking them out of the context in which they are normally seen and reshaping and representing them anew. Recent solo exhibitions include Solar Flux Readings, Palacio de Cristal, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2017); From Source to Poem to Rhythm to Reader, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2017); Spacelength Thought, Secession, Vienna (2017); Elements of Conduct, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (2017); From Source to Poem, CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France (2016); Blind Volumes, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2016); and Spaces for species (and pieces), Albertinum, Dresden (2015). Barba is based in Berlin.
Immersive exhibitions that stimulate multiple senses—hearing, seeing, tasting, touching, even smelling—are common in contemporary art today. Museums, galleries, biennials, and art fairs are presenting work by artists who interweave objects, images, texts, sound, video, and performance into dense, enveloping environments. These presentations physically implicate viewers in orchestrated situations, both inside and outside the institution, where art and ideas coalesce through the direct experience of space and time. Often complex in the making, the work requires artists and their studios to corral a range of skilled resources to produce something well beyond the expertise and confines of an artist’s studio.
Semiconductor: Earthworks presented by The Lab and Recombinant Media Labs as part of the Recombinant Festival 2018
Opening: Tuesday, November 27; 6-8pm
Panel Discussion: Wednesday, November 28, 7-8pm
Gallery Hours: November 27–December 1, 6-8pm
Earthworks, created in 2016, is a five-channel computer generated animation, which creates an immersive experience of the phenomena of landscape formation through the scientific and technological devices that are used to study it. Masses of colorful layers are animated by the soundscapes of earthquake, volcanic, glacial and human activity, recorded as seismic waves, which form spectacular fluctuating marbled waveforms.
Semiconductor have acquired seismic data captured as a result of land shifting and forming, from all over the world. There are four distinct sections to the work, each using a different set of seismic data. This includes; glacial, earthquake, volcano and man-made seismic activity captured at La Planta quarry, Spain, to represent the Anthropocene, a new geological era influenced by humans. The data has been translated to audio to form the soundtrack of the work, and simultaneously control the animation of the layers. The data as sound directly sculpts the image, re-animates the landscape, and reflects the symbiotic relationship between landscape formation and seismic vibrations. The seismic audio is rich and full of the intricacies of the dynamics of our planet in motion.
Semiconductor: Earthworks is part of the Recombinant Festival // Nov 26 - Dec 2, 2018