Showing posts from January, 2015

TateShots: The Darks

Playing on the format of a museum audio tour, The Darks invites visitors to navigate the area around Tate Britain, where the Millbank Prison once stood. The original plan for Millbank Prison, which opened in 1816, was for a Panopticon. The design for the building, conceived by Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century, would allow a single watchman to observe all inmates of an institution. The Panopticon has long been a byword for absolute power, discipline and control. The Darks audio tour, created by Ruth Ewan and Astrid Johnson, touches on the utopian dream at its heart, and how this optimism switched into the hellish reality of what followed.

Liz Glynn and Dawn Kasper: cosmo(il)logical, 2014. Performance at Art Basel Miami Beach Public 2014

For their performance on the occasion of the Opening Night of the Public sector of Art Basel Miami Beach 2014, the artists Liz Glynn and Dawn Kasper transform the Collins Park Rotunda into a geodesic planetarium. The space is animated with projected celestial image, light and sound.

“The artists, embodying matter and anti-matter, dictate their trajectories around the space while delivering fragmentary chunks of text, action and processed sound. Interacting with each other, as well as the audience and environment, the artists explore how we locate ourselves within the vast universe of seen and unseen forces.”
Liz Glynn and Dawn Kasper: cosmo(il)logical, 2014. Performance at Art Basel Miami Beach Public 2014. Public Opening Night, December 3, 2014.

Cameron "Songs for the Witch Woman" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Pacific Design Center Annex, West Hollywood, California

Since the turn of the 20th century, modern artists have had an interest in the occult. Hilma Af Klimpt and Vassily Kandinsky are two of the most notable early proponents of incorporating the ideas of the occult into their art work. Now modern art can add Cameron to that list in a compelling exhibition, "Songs for the Witch Woman" curated by  Yael Lipschutz, currently at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles' Pacific Design Center Annex, which makes the argument. Born Marjorie Cameron in Belle Plains, Iowa, Cameron moved to Los Angeles after serving in the Navy after World War II. When she arrived, Cameron immersed herself in the Occult and Avant Garde circles of mid-century Los Angeles' emerging art scene.

Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles and settling in Pasadena, Cameron married Jack Parsons, founding member of Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who was also interested in the esoteric and occult teachings. However, Parsons died in an accidental explosion in 1952…