Wednesday, July 05, 2006

7.11-8.12 : Five Habitats: Squatting at Langton

Five Habitats: Squatting at Langton
Tuesday July 11 - Saturday August 12

Opening Reception: Tuesday, July 11, 7-10 pm

Reading by Dodie Bellamy: Wednesday, July 12, 7 pm

Admission: $8/$5 Members, students, and seniors
New Langton Arts
1246 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-3817
For further information: 415.626.5416

Five Habitats: Squatting at Langton is a laboratory-style, experiential exhibition modeled after Jock Reynolds' 1978 show Five Habitats for Five Members at Langton's original location, 80 Langton Street. In 2006, Langton challenges artist curators John Baldessari, Keith Boadwee, Matthew Higgs, Joseph del Pesco, and Anne Walsh to each invite five artists working across disciplines for one-week intervals to occupy and activate the gallery space. Korean-born architect Kyu Che designed five habitats in the gallery to be transformed by the artists into open studios, exhibition spaces, lounges, working stations, discussion forums, screening venues, performance settings, and more.

Week One: July 11 - 15
Curator: Matthew Higgs
Artists: Dodie Bellamy, Chris Cobb, Alexis Georgopoulos, Kevin
Killian, and Mitzi Pederson.

Kathy Acker, the novelist and theorist, died from breast cancer in 1997. Her papers are at Duke, but her clothes and accessories remain in the possession of her executor, Matias Viegener. Dodie Bellamy will display a selection of Kathy Acker's clothes during her residency at New Langton Arts, and on Wednesday, July 12 Dodie Bellamy will give a presentation, "Digging Through Kathy Acker's Stuff."

During his one-week residency at Langton, Chris Cobb creates a lounge area to listen to the music of Devendra Banhart and the Hairy Fairy Band . Cobb, a big fan of Devendra's "freak funk" music, proposes a space that welcomes visitors to listen to the band's albums. It also includes a large number of photographs of them--both in concert and back stage--taken by Cobb.

Musician, composer and artist Alexis Georgopoulos presents ARP, occupying the smallest space Kyu Che designed for the exhibition. As such, Georgopoulos has chosen the intimate idea of getting together with a friend or acquaintance to share a cup of tea, to take a moment, to slow down, and perhaps, reflect. Georgopoulos places a table, a tea set for two, and two speakers in the space. In this intimate, almost cocoon-like setting, the music Georgopoulos has composed as ARP will play as a backdrop.

San Francisco writer Kevin Killian re-stages an exhibition presented earlier this Spring at White Columns, New York, Other People's Projects: Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian . At White Columns Killian and Bellamy presented a complete run of their pioneering literary 'zine "Mirage/Period(ical)" alongside contributions from some of the artists and writers who have appeared on its pages. At Langton Killian will display 132 issues of the zine, and artworks by a variety of local and international artists.

Mitzi Pederson creates a new installation that explores ideas of tension, gravity, and systems interconnectivity. Pederson uses the "subterranean space", which is transformed into a private de-orchestrated piece, where the presence and movements of multiple bodies determines the effects on the space, ranging from calm qualities to periodic audible and visual disruptions.

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