Tag Archives: Human Resources


In March [2020, when everything was] shut down, knowing that I wouldn’t be going anywhere for a very long time, I took a month off to be sad and frustrated. When the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor set off a series of massive nationwide actions led by Black Lives Matter, I turned my feelings of anger and helplessness into motivation, which inspired me to work simultaneously on ARDOR and REACTOR. I created these two works to serve as love letters to activists, medical workers, and service workers everywhere—music to encourage acts of resistance, and to soothe at the end of the day…

[In June 2020] I was generously offered a week-long residency at Human Resources Los Angeles to do whatever I wanted. After months of being at home [in quarantine], I was so happy to have the opportunity to let loose inside a big, empty space, and one that has hosted so many of my past performances. I invited my dear friend and longtime guitarist Michael Corwin to come down and record a mix of original and cover songs we’d performed together over the years. We were masked and distant throughout the recording session. After the first hour of setting gear up, we immediately fell into our own special chemistry. Thus, most of the songs you hear on ARDOR are single recorded takes. — Dorian Wood

ARDOR—the first of two upcoming albums by Dorian Wood—will be released on Friday, September 4. The album includes three original compositions by Wood, as well as songs by Prince, Juan Gabriel, Malvina Reynolds, Violeta Parra, and Chavela Vargas.

On the weekend of ARDOR’s launch, the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles presents a livestream album release concert.

See links below for details.


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Sunday, September 6.

Noon on the West Coast; 3 pm East Coast; 8 pm London; 9 pm Paris.

Dorian Wood, photographs by Gonzo Bojorquez (2); Wood, photograph by Max Fleury; Dorian Wood, Ardor (2020) cover; Wood, photograph by Fleury; Wood, photograph by Bojorquez. Images courtesy and © the artist and the photographers.


This weekend, Participant Inc and Human Resources present Context-Con, the online book launch of Alexandro Segade’s graphic novel THE CONTEXT.

Interpreting THE CONTEXT’s superheroes, special guests at the launch include Ei Arakawa, Jennifer Doyle, Jonah Groeneboer, Mary Kelly, Jennifer Moon, Tavia Nyong’o, and David Velasco.

The event will close with a conversation with Segade and andré carrington and live drawing with graphic novelist Luciano Vecchio. See link below to register.


Sunday, August 2.

4 pm on the West Coast; 7 pm East Coast.

See Alexandro Segade, “A Maricón Beauty,” Artforum, October 2018.

From top: Alexandro Segade in San Francisco in 2010, courtesy of SFMOMA; Segade, The Context (2020), courtesy the artist and Primary Information; Context-Con graphic; Malik Gaines (left) and Segade, photograph by Paul Mpagi Sepuya. Images courtesy and © the artists, photographers, and publishers.


Join artist and curator Telémachos Alexiou at Human Resources for SECRET CEREMONY—QUEERNESS AND SPIRITUALITY AT THE DAWN OF THE NEW DECADE.

Alexiou has brought together a group—including Christopher Argodale, Camila Maria Concepción, Emi Fontana, Kathryn Garcia, Carlos Medina-Diaz, Eva Mitala, Tyler Matthew Oyer, Deborah Smaragdi Isous, Mohammad Tayyeb, and Ares Zolo—who will conduct a “selection of ritualistic performances by queer artists who use spirituality, shamanism, and witchcraft as part of their work. The event follows a storyline of death and rebirth including stillness, vocalization, ecstatic dance, exorcism, healing, matrimony, and Tarot reading, among other practices.”*

See link below for program schedule.


Friday, December 6, from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm.

Human Resources

410 Cottage Home Street, Chinatown, Los Angeles.

From top: Ares Zolo, Control of the Astral Body; Camila Maria Concepción, Diary of a Sad Trans Woman; Kathryn Garcia, Goddess Healing with Pyramids and Gong; Christopher Argodale, Excerpt Channel; Mohammad Tayyeb, My Speech Tinged His Cheeks with Pink Blush As If My Words Were Splashes of Dye; Emi Fontana and Telémachos Alexiou, Corpse Pose; Tyler Matthew Oyer, Brutal Language; Eva Mitala, High Priestess. Images courtesy and © the artists and the photographers.


TOXINOSEXOFUTURECUMMINGS is a “bodyfiction about pleasurable sex on a polluted planet. It’s a speech performance of a body making itself with words.

“In the performance, sex is seen as an evolutionary and developmental process. It opens up a world in which materials and multispecies bodies infiltrate each other, giving and receiving pleasure. The world is thoroughly polluted, but possible, queer and trans.

TOXINOSEXOFUTURECUMMINGS is a performance about an anticipatory and transformational state.”*

Helsinki-based performance and visual artist Ana Teo Ala-Ruona—in residency in Los Angeles over the past month—presents TOXINOSEXOFUTURECUMMINGS, in collaboration with trans-futurist sound designer and synthesist Scallion Chloe.


Saturday, July 27, at 8 pm.

Human Resources

410 Cottage Home Street, downtown Los Angeles.

Ana Teo Ala-Ruona, Toxinosexofuturecummings, 2019. Photographs, from top: Jaakko Pallasvuo; Nova Kaspia; Jaakko Pallasvuo (3); Nova Kaspia. Images courtesy and © the artist and the photographers.


RIDDIMS—a new exhibition by Adee Roberson—opens this week at Human Resources.

On Sunday, Roberson will host a block party—including a performance by Thurmon Green—and join curator Essence Harden in conversation.


Opening: Wednesday, July 3, 6 pm through 9 pm.


Sunday, July 7, at 2 pm.

Human Resources

410 Cottage Home Street, downtown Los Angeles.

Roberson is also participating in the group exhibition Brave New Worlds—Explorations of Space at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Adee Roberson. Images courtesy and the artist. Second from top: Adee Roberson’s studio. Third from top: Cosmis Palms (3D), 2016, risograph print.