ADAM LINDER AT REDCAT

Playwright Bernard-Marie Koltès (1948–1989)—a key figure in French postwar drama—believed that dramatic action is always transactional because, writes stage director and Koltès scholar Fabrice Conte, “characters can only interact within the context of a form of negotiation.”

The relationship between the Client and Dealer in Koltès’ play Dans la solitude des champs de coton was the impetus for Adam Linder‘s contemporary opera THE WANT—at Redcat this week in its premiere Los Angeles engagement.

THE WANT will be performed by Jess Gadani, Justin F. Kennedy, Jasmine Orpilla, and Roger Sala Reyner.

Ethan Braun wrote the music and the lighting design is by Shahryar Nashat. The Los Angeles production is co-presented by CAP UCLA.

Working on projects in which our roles interweave, we don’t start with Shahryar as the maker of sculptures or of moving images. Because he’s worked in those mediums, his way of thinking has a particular texture. And because I’ve worked in performing arts and with liveness and theater, my way of thinking has a specific texture.

What interests us is how these textures either complement or productively resist each other. It’s not about the formal outcome of these mediums being combined. And that’s where I would ontologically separate our way of working together from the notion of the “interdisciplinary.” We don’t care about disciplines meeting, but about our sensibilities crisscrossing.Adam Linder

The reason why Adam and I say we never collaborate and are not interested in doing so is that we don’t really make work together. When he comes to me asking if I would do the stage design for a piece he’s making, I’m happy to work within his concept and apply my skills to his vision. For an artist, it can be playful to have these limitations—in an applied arts versus visual arts kind of way. Adam becomes a bit like my client. — Shahryar Nashat

ADAM LINDER—THE WANT

Thursday through Saturday, September 19, 20, and 21, at 8:30 pm.

Sunday, September 22, at 7 pm.

Redcat

631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

Linder and Nashat quotes are from their 2018 Bomb interview by Aram Moshayedi.

Adam Linder, The Want, 2019. Images courtesy and © the artists, performers, and videographer.

MAKINO TAKASHI — MEMENTO STELLA

“Memento stella” is a original phrase I coined to remind me to “remember the stars” and “never forget that we too reside among the stars.”

For several years I’ve travelled the world, screening my work. And throughout this dark, sad world, amid war and terrorism—countless lives lost to natural cataclysms and caused by humans—and there hasn’t been a single day that death hasn’t been in my thoughts.

At the same time, I do realize that it is not only death that binds us. We are also born and raised and living on this little planet, among the stars. I pursue my work with the idea that if each day, we might be conscious of this truth for even a moment, then maybe perhaps somewhere deep in our hearts, we might find shared artistic expressions, keys to a place beyond the religions, politics, borders, languages, and personal desires which tear us apart.
Makino Takashi

Join Makino for the Los Angeles and San Francisco premieres of his new 60-minute feature MEMENTO STELLA.

MEMENTO STELLA

Thursday, September 19, at 7 pm.

MOCA Grand Avenue

250 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

Like news reports of wartime Japan, films with stories or a precise structure throw images at an audience with their meanings already intact. Rather than making films with my own imposed structure, my method is to abandon structure altogether or, in other words, layer images that once embodied meaning on top of one another until they become unintelligible. I aim for the resulting composite “image” to be like a nameless animate being with a limitless capacity for meanings so that my films become triggers for an audience to venture into their own imagination. — Makino Takashi*

Thursday, September 26, at 7:30 pm.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts*

701 Mission Street, San Francisco.

Makino Takashi, Memento Stella (2018), DCP (4K video), color, 5.1 sound, 60 minutes, stills. Images courtesy and © the artist. Photograph of Makino Takashi courtesy and © Nippon Connection.

GUERRILLA GIRLS — THE ART OF BEHAVING BADLY

In conjunction with the Munich exhibition MIRIAM CAHN—I AS HUMAN, Guerrilla Girls co-founder Käthe Kollwitz will give a lecture-performance.

GUERRILLA GIRLS—THE ART OF BEHAVING BADLY

Thursday, September 19, at 7 pm.

Haus der Kunst

Prinzregentenstrasse 1, Munich.

Images courtesy and © the Guerrilla Girls.

NY ART BOOK FAIR 2019

Printed Matter’s NY ART BOOK FAIR returns to MOMA PS1 this week.

Among the over 350 international exhibitors are Sébastien Girard, Ooga Booga, Sternberg Press, Chose Commune, Dale Zine, Mörel, Candor Arts, The Free Black Women’s Library, Noah Lyon, Phile Magazine, Hauser & Wirth Publishers, and Dancing Foxes Press.

NY ART BOOK FAIR 2019

Opening night: Thursday, September 19, from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Preview: Friday, September 20, from 11 am to 1 pm.

Public hours:

Friday, September 20, from 1 pm to 7 pm.

Saturday, September 21, from 11 am to 8 pm.

Sunday, September 22, from 11 am to 7 pm.

MOMA PS1

22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens.

Printed Matter is indebted to Shannon Michael Cane (1974-2017), Curator of Fairs and Editions, for his significant contributions to the NY and LA Art Book Fairs. His impact on the artists’ book community was immense. He is remembered with admiration and affection.

From top: Moyra Davey, Burn the Diaries, Dancing Foxes Press, co-published with MuMOK, Vienna, and ICA, Philadelphia; Queer Archive Work 2, 2019; Vasantha Yogananthan, Exile, Chose Commune; Nevena Aleksovski, Linger On, Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E.; Some Writers Can Give You Two Heartbeats, 2019, Black Chalk & Co.; Flint Magazine, issue 1; Variations on Cerulean Phthaloand Ice Blue, 2018, Emma Kohlmann; artwork by Rubanee, The Bettys; Barbara Jones-Hogu, Resist, Relate, Unite, 2018 monograph, Candor Arts; Phile magazine; Sébastien Girard, My Tv Girls, 2017; Sory Sanlé, Studio Volta Photo, 2018, editorial concept, design, and printing by Sébastien Girard, published by Yossi Milo Gallery and Tezeta; Sarah Mattes, Eye, Dale Zine; David Armstrong, Night and Day, Mörel Books; Alix Marie, Bleu, Mörel Books; Many of Them, vol. V, The Future of Fiction, Ooga Booga; Philip Guston, Nixon Drawings, 1971 & 1975, Hauser & Wirth Publishers; artwork by Noah Lyon. Images courtesy and © the artists, authors, photographers, and publishers.

KATJA MATER — DEAR SIDES

In KATJA MATER—DEAR SIDES, the artist reveals “a different or alternative experience of reality… midway between information and interpretation.”

Creating “hybrids between photography or film with other media,” the interactions within Mater’s work “[blends and binds] them together, where they behave as one but at the same time reveal each other’s distinctive qualities and glitches.”*

I live in a text driven world with a severely dyslectic brain. Because of my dyslexia it often feels like things can flip around, and do, while it does not make that much of a difference to me. I can read almost as fast up-side-down as right-side-up. Left to right or right to left…

Why is it that dyslectics flip their letters, their numbers, follow their own logic and invent their own ways? People with dyslexia do not naturally process written words or take on tasks in a linear manner, they do not work their way from left to right or top to bottom. They tend to approach the world in a more visual way and take in word as shapes from all angles. While writing, they “draw a picture using letters” and orientation does not seem that important. — Katja Mater*

KATJA MATER—DEAR SIDES*

Through October 20.

MARIE NERLAND and NICKEL VAN DUIJVENBODEN reading

Sunday, October 13, at 5:30 pm.

Platform for Contemporary Art

P////AKT

Zeeburgerpad 53, Amsterdam.

This exhibition is in memory of Ruud Molleman.

Katja Mater—Dear Sides, Platform for Contemporary Art, September–October 2019, from top: Janus, 2019; Dear Sides, 2019, film installation, with Janus in background (2); <✺> A, B, C, 2019; “ ”, 2019 (2); Dare Not / Read On, 2019 (2); Mischievous Mirrors, 2019; Dear Sides, 2019 (2); Katja Mater—Dear Sides, P///AKT image. Photographs by Charlott Markus, images courtesy and © the artist and P////AKT. Special thanks to Jessica Gysel and Valeria Marchesini.