Stealing the moon - lacma's japan pavilion
In this dark and aching time, I'd like to invite you to an event I'm curating on Tuesday evening at LACMA's Japan Pavilion. The artist David Horvitz and musicians Xiu Xiu will present a site-specific sound performance activating the unique architecture of the Pavilion and its current exhibition of Japanese zen painting. The piece utilizes wind chimes and bells, as well as the sounds of a nighttime forest that David recently recorded at the site of the former Amache Internment Camp in Colorado, where his Japanese-American grandmother was interned during World War II. This highly personal and subtle layer of the piece has been planned for a long time, but feels especially timely for this current moment of rising xenophobia and echoes of traumatic politics across history.
The field recordings, largely of the Chinese elm trees that were planted by David's grandmother and other internee laborers, will also be installed in the space for all of November 15 during normal ticketed museum hours (11am-5pm), in case you'd like to experience them pre-performance.
It will be an evening of sound, memory, and contemplation, of space to feel whatever we are feeling, in the placid space of the museum after dark, followed by a procession through the garden and tea under the just-waning moon. It is free and open to the public (though we suggest to arrive early to secure a spot based on building capacity). We hope you will join us.
Stealing the Moon: David Horvitz + Xiu Xiu
a NonSalon by Paloma Powers
Pavilion for Japanese Art at LACMA
Tuesday, November 15 2016, 7:30 pm
Artist David Horvitz and the acclaimed experimental group Xiu Xiu present a special performance inspired by the exhibition Japanese Painting: From the Zen Mind. The collaborative duo will create a site-specific soundscape in dialogue with the exhibition works and themes. The original piece utilizes field recordings of three Chinese elm trees from the Amache internment camp that play on speakers hidden throughout the Pavilion for Japanese Art, as well as an ever-changing live performance by the artists involving gongs, wind chimes, vibrators, bells, and grunt tubes. Visitors can explore the space at their own pace, but will be encouraged to sit at specific locations to experience how the sound is shaped by the Bruce Goff-designed building, and engage with Zen principles of time, change, and contemplation. To conclude, all participants are invited to join the artists for a procession in the garden and tea under the full moon.