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EMPTY METAL

“A trio of musicians desert their sincere but ultimately uninspired creative endeavors after answering an inexplicable call to action by time-traveling revolutionaries. What unravels is a provocatively efficient assassination plot that reveals the status of the artist for what it is, a particle embedded within some of the sustained injustices of our time: wanton surveillance, drone warfare, toxic masculinity within libertarian ranks, and the enduring inaccessibility to a secure sense of culture, place, and identity by displaced populations living in the United States.

“With the intention of creating a science fiction film set one week into the future, EMPTY METAL is an unselfconscious projection of the furthest political imagination stretched and shared by its directors.”*

LACMA‘s one-night-only presentation of EMPTY METAL—directed by Bayley Sweitzer and 2019 Whitney Biennial artist Adam Khalil—is co-presented with The Autry Museum of the American West, which will screen Khalil’s INAATE/SE/ on Friday, June 7, at The Autry.

“In politics, you’re either a terrorist or a freedom fighter… [With EMPTY METAL, we attempted to] create a Trojan horse for ideas of insurrection.” — Adam Khalil, at LACMA

EMPTY METAL*

Thursday, June 6, at 7:30 pm.

Bing Theater, LACMA

5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

See Pamela Cohn on Empty Metal.

From top: Pvssyheaven in Empty Metal (2018); Sam Richardson; King Alpha; Austin Sley Julian; Richardson,; Sley Julian; Alpha and company. Screen images courtesy the filmmakers and Steady Orbits.

ANTON VIDOKLE IN CONVERSATION

In conjunction with the exhibition ANTON VIDOKLEIMMORTALITY FOR ALL: A FILM TRILOGY ON RUSSIAN COSMISM, the artist and e-flux editor will join Adam Khalil for a conversation.

Scored to music by John Cale and Éliane Radigue, the three parts of the trilogy—THIS IS COSMOS (2014), THE COMMUNIST REVOLUTION WAS CAUSED BY THE SUN (2015), and IMMORTALITY AND RESURRECTION FOR ALL! (2017)—investigate Cosmism, a forgotten philosophy that combined Western Enlightenment, Eastern philosophy, Russian Orthodox traditions, and Marxism, before falling victim to Stalinist repression.

ANTON VIDOKLE IN CONVERSATION WITH ADAM KHALIL

Saturday, January 19, at 2 pm.

The Commons at 401

Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space

401 Richmond Street West, 4th floor, Toronto.

ANTON VIDOKLE—IMMORTALITY FOR ALL: A FILM TRILOGY ON RUSSIAN COSMISM

January 19 through March 16.

YYZ Artists’ Outlet

140-401 Richmond Street West, Toronto.

Cinematic images: Anton VidokleImmortality For All: A Film Trilogy on Russian Cosmism (stills), 2014–17, HD video, color, sound, 96 minutes, in Russian with English subtitles, courtesy the artist. Book cover credit: MIT Press.