“Slow Show” is an intensive and agitated dance whose visible repercussions are minimal, precise, concentrated. Presented for the first time with dance students from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) at Hauser and Wirth Los Angeles and at the MAK Center at the Schindler House, the performance is rooted in the principles of trance, exultation, telepathy, and unconscious memories, revealing its strength and vivacity through movements slowed to the extreme, almost imperceptible, almost invisible. The invisible is not emptiness, nor is it calmness or absence. The subtlety of the movements doesn’t take away the intensity nor the exhaustion growing from a stretched time instead of a possible frenetic transe.
Each iteration of “Slow Show” is unique, featuring local dancers and answering to their immediate context which is explored by Eddie Ruscha to create the sound waves made of samples, live electronics, real sounds and guitar accompanying the bodies.
Designed by choreographer Dimitri Chamblas, “Slow Show” premiered at Hauser and Wirth in Los Angeles on December 1st, 2017. In February 2019, it was presented in the context of “Shelter or Playground” exhibition at the MAK Center of Art and Architecture at Schindler House (Los Angeles, USA). Twenty-two performers, professional dancers and dance students from CalArts, inhabited the space and time of this iconic house created in 1922 by the architect Rudolph M. Schindler and built with Clyde Chase in the West Hollywood district in Los Angeles. Bodies and sounds echo through the very foundations of the site: they evoke cohabitation, distances, forms; and they traverse individual and common spaces.
“Slow Show” in Luma Arles, Parc des Ateliers in August 2019 was both a workshop, and a way for Arlesians to meet through a physical practice, to experience different states and intensities, to build an ephemeral community and to offer to a large audience a collective performance. “Slow Show” brought together fifty amateur dancers. After three days of work and preparation with Dimitri Chamblas, the group presented the performance in different areas of the Parc des Ateliers, adapting to site-specific constraints; offering new perspectives to the public: complete or fragmented points of view, close-up or at distance; mirages moving in the dust.
HAUSER AND WIRTH
1 December 2018, Los Angeles
MAK CENTER FOR ART AND ARCHITECTURE AT THE SCHINDLER HOUSE
16 February 2019, Los Angeles
Curated by ART BY TRANSLATION (Sebastien Pluot and Maud Jacquin) and FRANCE LOS ANGELES EXCHANGE (Anna Milone)
LUMA ARLES PARC DES ATELIERS
12-13 July 2019, Arles, France
Music and sound
mario de lopez
The Luma Foundation was established in 2004 by Maja Hoffmann to support the activities of independent artists and pioneers, as well as institutions working in the fields of art and photography, publishing, documentary, and multimedia. The Foundation commissions and produces artistic projects combining a particular interest in environmental issues, human rights, education, and culture in the broadest sense.
The Luma Foundation and Luma Arles, founded in 2014 in support of the Arles project, are currently developing an experimental cultural center in the Parc des Ateliers in the city of Arles, France, working with a Core Group of artistic consultants (Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno and Beatrix Ruf) and the architects Frank Gehry and Annabelle Selldorf.
This ambitious project envisions an interdisciplinary center dedicated to the production of exhibitions and ideas, research, education, and archives and is supported by a growing number of public and private partnerships. Construction started after the ground-breaking ceremony in April 2014; the opening of the main building on campus is scheduled for 2020, while an artistic programme is already presented all-year round in the refurbished former railway warehouses.
Musician, artist and DJ based in Los Angeles, Eddie Ruscha develops a work that explores a diversity of mediums and disciplines. Graduated from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 1991, his work was presented as part of many international exhibitions. Eddie Ruscha has also realized an important music corpus under various names. His latest album “Who Are You”, released under the name E Ruscha V, was noticed by critics. Ruscha recently composed the soundtrack of several pieces designed by Dimitri Chamblas, presented at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles. In these performances, Ruscha uses a set of electronic musical instruments, sound effects and guitars to create amorphous musical ambiances, partly improvised, imagined merging with performances.