Program TAROT Reading 2 / L.A. Mise-en-scène

Program: TAROT Reading 2 / Week of September 8-14, 2020.

Please note this program is intended for mature audiences; involves nudity and graphic situations.

The Sacred Wounds, 3′ 44″

The Sacred Wounds is a video collaboration between Kayla Tange and Talon McKee with original music by Roger Kim. It is a dance exploring the traditions, history and wounds of the culture and how they can be transformed into sacred offerings.

Kayla Tange was born in South Korea and adopted by a Japanese American family. Her love for poetry and photography slowly progressed into a conceptual performance practice which incorporates elements of exotic dancing in which physical and psychic boundaries, sexuality, permanence, are recurring themes. She often uses dark comedy in her performance work to explore love and longing, cultural stereotyping and societal taboos, catharsis and fetish.

Talon McKee is an experimental artist working in an array of mediums including, film, set design, directing, modeling, and art installations.

Roger Kim is a multidisciplinary artist who tells stories with text, electronics, moving graphics, dance, and interactive electronics. He has performed and exhibited with REDCAT, the YBCA New Frequencies Festival, CultureHub LA, Re-Fest, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Aperture Duo, the Westben Performer/Composer Residency and the California Institute of the Arts. He has received grants and awards from UC Berkeley, CultureHub LA, SFCMP, and the California Institute of the Arts.

GO HOME, 4′ 9″

GO HOME is short time-lapse video and sound artwork by Jeff Frost. His work exists on a spectrum of duality between creation and destruction. Recurring themes center around agents of entropy, dismantling civilization as humanity constructs it. Woven into the background fabric of the work is the mysterious wonder felt on moonless winter night in the desert. 

Disrupting real time human chronology induces the Overview Effect. From space, the boundaries between humans, countries, and ideologies, aren’t visible and thus lose importance. Many astronauts aboard the International Space Station continue to report a profound cognitive shift that results in acute awareness of the interconnectedness of humanity to itself and the planet. The Overview Effect naturally induces a wider view, much like his films.

Jeff Frost is a contemporary artist living in California. He is focused on how time and sound intersects with creation and destruction. His work has been seen in many museums and film festivals such as the California Museum of Photography, Museum of Art & History Lancaster (MOAH), Palm Springs Museum of Art and the Torrance Art Museum in September 2020.

limbs seeds circle dance, 4′ 56″

limbs seeds circle dance is about the desire to connect to the natural world in an increasingly disjointed society. Special effects technology allows contemporary artists to become modern-day wizards. There is a contradiction in how cultural advances can also isolate and distance us.  The central figure casts a spell in a grove of urban trees, making multiple images of himself in his mind’s eye that emerge like tree nymphs, but they are odd, uncoordinated creations which ultimately fade away like a hallucination in the confusing blur and dream of life. It is part of a series of videos works with a meditative aim, inviting the viewer to slow down and let the imagery wash over them in a manner that is subversive in its intentional serenity.

Jason Jenn is an interdisciplinary multimedia artist, creating works as performer, writer, visual artist, director, producer, designer, video editor, and curator: an avowed “Protean-of-many-trades”. He enjoys combining various sensory delights for exhibition on stage, on screen, in gallery settings, and site-specific locations. He is a co-founder of L.A. Art Documents and Outreach Specialist for Torrance Art Museum.

Jackalope, 3′ 22″

Jackalope is the latest music video from You Can Call Me SIR, a queer swamp-punk collective featuring musical artists Cristy Michel and Matt Petty. Directed by Cassils, the video stars SIR (vocalist, guitarist, bassist and professional dominatrix) who plays a “female” bandit/serial killer taking down the patriarchy one blood sacrifice at a time. The duo’s music is informed by their lived queer experiences growing up in the haunted swamplands of the American South, and thematic to their debut EP, Blood Moon.

Director: Cassils
Starring: Sir & Mark Steger
Music by: You Can Call Me Sir
Performances by: Gregory Barnett, Marval A Rex, Ellis David Perry, Matt Petty, Anastasia Baratta
Stunt Sir: Mayson Ivy
Horses: Principe Gramir Smar, Fancy
Executive Producer: Cristy Michel
Producer: Luka Fisher
Director of Photography: Graham Kolbeins
Lighting Design: Deanie Weanie
Editor: Graham Kolbeins
Choreographer: Gregory Barnett
Make Up: Robin Black
Lead Sylist: Parisa Parnian
Assistant Stylist / Witch: Anastasia Baratta
PA: Meg Risley
Helmet Bedazzeler: Mary Typhus
Ropes: Blackfish

CASSILS is a transgender visual artist working in live performance, film, sound, sculpture & photography. Cassils makes their own body the material and protagonist of their performances. Cassils’s art contemplates the history(s) of LGBTQI+ violence, representation, struggle and survival. For Cassils, performance is a form of social sculpture: Drawing from the idea that bodies are formed in relation to forces of power and social expectations, Cassils work investigates historical contexts to examine the present moment.

You Can Call Me Sir is an electronic rock collective featuring Louisiana-bred LA based dominatrix Cristy Michel (vocals, guitars, bass, beats – both meanings) and Matt Petty (experimental trombone, found sounds, moody elements, verbiage). Their music reaches far back into the American mythologies of old, meandering through rodeos and badlands with a modern twist, ambling into the disco and imaginatively incorporating trombone instrumentation, which is run through pedals to sound like sumptuous guitar solos. The band plays with traditional rhythms to build new works all informed by their lived queer experiences growing up in the haunted swamplands of the American South.

A Gender Monologue, 4′ 29″

A Gender Monologue explores the complexities of gender behavior and performance. Influenced by the writings of Judith Butler’s concept Gender Performative, D. Hill creates a theatrical space in a photography studio and performs the ideological behaviors of a man and a woman. Hill uses his own transgender identity to pose questions to society’s limited ideals of gender.

D. Hill is an interdisciplinary visual artist working in video, photography and performance art. He has received a B.A from the University of Memphis in Film/Video Productions and M.F.A in Creative Photography at California State University at Fullerton. Hill’s work surveys identity through a cultural and gender lens. Either by constructing narratives or quasi-documentaries, Hill aims to create work that promulgates a dialogue around cultural differences.

plagued, 3′ 49″

plagued is quarantine theatre meets psychological thriller! A poem about the potential threat of COVID-19 and paranoia around continuous hand-washing. Part of a series of solo “media-poems” written by Lynda La Rose addressing the pandemic, racial injustice, and other socially relevant themes, in collaboration with Director/Producer SKY Palkowitz.

Lynda La Rose is a poet/performance artist. She wrote and performed “Summerfruit” and collaborated with SKY to produce it at The Hollywood Fringe Festival and Bootleg Theatre.

SKY Palkowitz is a Multimedia Performance Artist/Actor/Director/Producer/Educator from NY. She’s written and toured 7 solo shows, and has directed numerous short films and staged performances.

MODE, 5′ 33″

MODE represents the aggression, resentment and fury that many young members of the LGBTQIA+ community feel towards the dominant gay culture in America. The video, and song which it is based on, is a confrontration of the hedonistic nature of LGBT spaces, most notably gay pride events, circuit parties, and sex clubs. We are undoubtedly living in one of the most free places on earth, in the United States, yet we are blind to see how this freedom is a tool of our own enslavement. All too often, we see politicians, academics, and bureaucrats use their support of the gay community to garner a favorable reputation from the public. Mode is a call to action towards the gay community; by ridding ourselves of our ego driven endeavors, we ultimately open up the space for us as a whole to find a deeper and more holistic sense of ambition, drive, and purpose.

Director: Peter Kalisch, AJ Strout
Production: Luka Fisher
MUA / Prosthetics: Celeste Kamppila

Peter Kalisch is a performance artist and noise musician based in Los Angeles. Kalisch’s work strives to shine light on postmodern conditions leading to interpersonal disconnections. Kalisch’s body of work is an attempt at self-awareness and an encouragement to others to remove themselves from patterns of self-victimization. Kalisch was born in Escondido, California, in 1995 and received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2018. His work has been featured in Paper Magazine, DNA Magazine, The Advocate, Outfest Film Festival and more. Kalisch has performed for Queer Biennial, the Broad Museum, the Getty Museum, Re:art show, as well as a variety of underground warehouse and nightlife venues.

AJ Strout is a artist and video producer, VJ, editor, queer, feminist. Goth. He / him. Trans pride.

White Sea, 1′ 1″

White Sea / Egg Duo / The Horse and the Watermelon are three minimalist videos that showcase “creativity with no budget”. They last under or around a minute which is the right length to convey my message and keep viewers interested. With images that do not necessary match the sound, my intention is to bring something fresh to the medium, unconventional and poetic.

Raphaele COHEN-BACRY was raised in Paris, France where she studied painting and printmaking while completing her doctorate in pharmacology. She worked in my Parisian studio until 2004, when she moved to Los Angeles. While taking a long break from painting, she is exploring other techniques such as collage and video art.

Permance Is Only A Word, 3′ 48″

Permanence Is Only A Word is a film by Kayla Tange and Luka Fisher. The film’s text is based on a poem by Kayla Tange. Chuck Hohng provided the translation and additional vocals.

Luka Fisher is a gender queer trans-femme artist and creative producer. Her work and collaborations have been shown at OutFest, The Museum of Photographic Arts, Anthology Film Archives, ICA Singapore,  the Bowers Museum and the 2018 Queer Biennial. She is a contributing writer to “Rated RX: Sheree Rose before and After Bob Flanagan” (University of Ohio, 2020) that is being edited by Professor Yetta Howard.  In 2018 she played “Anne” and served as an associate producer for Director Lyle Kash’s majority trans cast/ crew feature film “Death and Bowling”. She holds a MFA in photo/media and integrated media from CalArts and a BA In Russian Language and Literature from The George Washington University. She is excited to work at Franconia Sculpture Park as their Art Administration Intern and to help expand performance programming and screenings.

Reflection, 14′ 24″

Reflection This video series documents my own personal struggle and the immense effort it takes to change, to transform and grow. They serve as a metaphor of mankind’s continuous struggle to overcome repetition, cycles of behavior patterns, greed, destruction, frustrations through our actions.  REFLECTION on the past, present and future, the accomplishments and failures that push our limits daily, providing a learning curve leading us to the triumph of letting go and shifts in our thinking process to find our inner and outer balance and peace from where to act responsibly and collectively to create a better world.

Artist/ Artwork / Performer: Lilli Muller
Cinematographer: Michael Boehler

Multidisciplinary artist Lilli Muller (German) currently lives and works in Los Angeles/US. As award-winning and internationally-collected artist, she has been honored twice by the City of Los Angeles with the “Arts Humanitarian Award” for her cultural contributions in the communities. She has exhibited during the Venice Biennale in 2017 and 2019, and she is again invited to create an even much larger multi-media installation for the 2022 Venice Biennale at an historical place in Canareggio/Venice.