TBD: A MUSICAL PLAY AND VIDEO, BY EVERYONE WHO COMES
by Austin Young
July 20th - August 9Th
Final Workshop and Celebration: August 9th
if you want to participate email Austin @ Austin Young.com and put TBD in the subject line
Austin Young is proud to announce the launch of his latest project, TBD: A Musical Play and Video by EVERYONE Who Comes.
In contrast to the exclusivity of Hollywood or Broadway productions, this is a musical emphasizing radical authenticity and spontaneous creativity, and will be the most unusual and revolutionary musical you have ever experienced. For this production, Austin Young invites the public to join in for a series of workshops where they will co-create, sharing their stories and experiences around the topic of identity and ‘coming of age’ and produce a beautiful, unconventional, experimental and collaborative musical about everyone who comes. Our shared experiences during this time will become a co-authored musical play and video culminating in a PUBLIC DRESS REHEARSAL, video documentation, and an illustrated screenplay.
For over 25 years, Young has been a celebrated portrait photographer and artist, capturing the sub and trans community and is a co-founder of the internationally recognized collective Fallen Fruit. As a part of his artist residency with Maker City LA, the new artist community on the 11th floor of the LA Mart building in downtown, Young has set up a series of 11 workshops with leading musicians, dancers, fashion designers, singers and drag queens that are pushing the boundaries of their respective genres. TBD: A Musical Play and Video by EVERYONE Who Comes marks an exciting new direction in his career and promises to chart new territory in the realm of performance, theatre, video and social practice art.
Think of a story about growing up. It can be yours or someone else’s that had an influence on. Sign up for the workshop of your choice. What would you prefer to do: dance, sing, play music, and/or make costumes? You’ll receive a list of instructions. Have fun. Be yourself. It’s that easy!
Saturday, July 20th (12-7pm) : Things Unspoken with Juliana Snapper / Miller Puckette/ TRANIMAL Workshop (Squeaky Blonde, Fade-Dra and Austin Young)
Vocal performance, art. : In this workshop we will use costumes, sound, body and voice to express what words can't convey . Your pain. Your desires. Your shame. Your anger. Your obsessions. Your heartbreak.Your silence and noise. Your fear. Your alienation. Your desolation.Your ID.
Then give it up to your inner TRANIMAL . (limited to 6 participants)
Monday, July 29th (6–9pm): Smells Like Teen Spirit with The Institute for Art and Olfaction
Scent workshop, story telling: Write down a secret from your youth. Put it in a hat. Someone else will read it. Create a perfume for your inner teenager. (limited to 8 participants. there is a fee for materials sign up here: http://teenspirit.eventbrite.com/ )
Thursday, August 1st (12-8pm): The Halls of My Highschool with Beach (aka Bitch) / styling by Cake and Eat It.
Singing, dancing, acting: The halls of high school are like a war zone. Bring a hall pass and a note from your mother, a high school hallway (or hallway adjacent) story to share, and, if it involves props, to bring those too! (limited to 15 participants)
Saturday, August 3rd (2-8pm) : Coming of Age with Nina Mcneely
Dancing: When hormones go wild, love is a battlefield ... bring a friend. (limited to 30 participants)
Sunday, August 4th (2-8pm): Campfire Crush with Phranc
Story telling, singing: It's summer camp. It can get cold. bring proper camp attire and a flashlight. Who are you crushed out on? I've been thinking of all the camp songs I know. Especially that tune mentioning the "calf with the mournful eye". Remember that one?? Oy! (limited to 15 participants)
August 7th and 8th (5-10 pm): Who Am I (part 1 and 2) with Fol Chen / Machine Project / Austin Young/ costumes provided by Sharon McGunigle
Story telling, singing: bring a pop song and a story that stands out when you were coming of age. Who am i? Don't dream it. Be it! I'm punk rock. I'm new wave. I'm straight. I'm gay. I'm cool. (limited to 10 participants- you must attend both workshops)
August 9th: Slumber Party (2-12pm) - KILLSISTERS / WIFE / ACCIDENT/ hosted by Lenora Claire
(Final workshop, and launch of Austin Young’s 'Accident', by Brent Leonesio, an art edition of 100 scents created with The Institute for Art and Olfaction).
Singing, dancing, acting, story telling: Pillow fights. Ouiji boards. Toilet Paper. Light as a feather, stiff as a board. Truth or dare. Spin the bottle. Roulette chat. Facebook stalking. Three-way calls. We will act out our slumber party stories. bring necessary props. (no limit to participants)
SUPPORT AND SPONSORSHIP:
Makeup provided by MAC Cosmetics
Workshops space provided by Maker City LA
Venus de Mille
Austin young is a pop-culture architect, photographer and trans media artist. Young has been documenting pop, celebrity, sub, and trans culture since 1985 through portraiture. Young's video works play with pop-culture and camp, celebrity, gender and identity. His photographs have been featured in major publications such as Interview Magazine, OK, and Flaunt and have been in solo exhibitions and projects at LACMA (Los Angeles, CA), Machine Project (Los Angeles, CA), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA), Berkeley Art Museum (Berkley, California); and as well as groups shows at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA) and Stephen Cohen Gallery (Los Angeles, CA). They have shown at festivals including Frameline, MIX. In addition to photography and filmmaking, Young is co-founder of Fallen Fruit, an art collective who use fruit as a common denominator to change the way you think about the world. Fallen Fruit has had major exhibitions at Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hammer Museum; Salt Lake Art Center (Salt Lake City, Utah), Machine Project, Matadero (Madrid, Spain); LACE (Los Angeles) and ARS Electronic (Austria). Fallen Fruit is a Creative Capital grantee for 2013 and just completed LA counties first public fruit park in Del Aire with a grant from the LA County Art's commission.
Tranimal workshop, a collaboration between Austin Young, Squeaky Blonde, Fade-dra, and the public, is a participatory event where gallery or museum attendees are invited to go through a conveyer belt of artists and become the art. Tranimal workshop changes the way you consider gender, beauty and identity. “one of 2010’s top ten fashion trends in la” - Lina Lecaro, LA Weekly. Tranimal workshop has shown at Machine Project (Los Angeles) in 2009-2013 , Hammer Museum in 2010 (Los Angeles) , Machine Project at the Berkeley Art Museum in 2011, 7 Hollywood Magazine spread, 2013. Arté TV feature, France, 2013
Machine Project is a storefront space in the echo park neighborhood of Los Angeles that hosts events about all kinds of things we find interesting – scientific talks, poetry readings, musical performances, competitions, group naps, cheese tastings and so forth. We usually do about two events a week, open to the general public and free of charge.
Machine Project is an informal educational institution that teaches all kinds of things they find interesting – electronics, sewing, pickling, computer programming, car theft and so forth. Machine Project is a loose group of artist/performer collaborators, who do projects together when invited by other people and institutions, usually museums.
Phranc refers to herself as the "all-American Jewish lesbian folksinger" and the "Cardboard Cobbler." As a teenager, she attended the Feminist Studio Workshop at the Woman's Building where she studied printing and design. She then went on to perform as a member of several punk bands including Catholic Discipline, and Nervous Gender. She has toured internationally with many acclaimed and notorious artists such as The Knitters, The Smiths, The Pogues, and Morrissey. Later she returned to her acoustic roots. She has recorded 5 albums. Both her music and visual work employ humor to raise consciousness, trigger response, stimulate memories, and provoke discussion. Phranc is a former artist-in-residence at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica and a recipient of the 2007 C.O.L.A. Fellowship. She was featured in a solo exhibition in 2008 at CUE Art Foundation in NYC.
See also: http://www.phranc.net/biography.php
Fade-Dra is an artist with Tranimal workshop and the notorious and club performer, his iconic fashion is celebrated worldwide.
Squeaky blonde is an la based performance artist, musician, actor and designer. Who's work has been showcased at LACMA , the hammer museum, Berkeley Art Museum , and Machine Project and in publications such as Art Forum, 7 Hollywood, Paper Magazine, Oblivion, LA Weekly, Propaganda ,Frontiers and BUTT magazine. he's has been a nightlife personality for nearly 2 decades and continues to charm and terrorize audiences worldwide. His unique style blends elements of macabre high art with occult overtones , facets of surrealistic and maniacal hedonism topped with a dash of dadaesque lunacy that compliments his unique vocal range and operatic schrei. http://www.squeakyblonde.com/
The KILLSISTERS are a battery of female intensity. Their attack of blues&soul are as unconventional as their instrumentation. 6 female furies in total: 3 equally charged drummers and 3 strangling accordions. They squeeze and beat sounds to make you shake while princessFrank's wailing vocals create the sound map to the stratosphere.
BEACH: (aka Bitch)
Bitch is a singer who plays electric violin, bass, ukulele and keytar. She just recently ‘came out’ with her birth name, Karen Mould, to mark her recent shift in sound, and launched her new project, BEACH. BEACH is indie-electro rock fronted by her electric violin. She is joined on stage by an Alligator who operates the “machine.” Together, they make hopeful, sometimes funny and poetically serious dance-y rock. Karen started studying classical violin at 4, and later expanded her musical horizons by studying fiddling with Andrew Bird. Her band, Bitch and Animal, toured with Ani Difranco in the U.S. and Europe and released two albums on Difranco’s label, Righteous Babe Records.
She starred as Bitch in the John Cameron Mitchell film Shortbus, which premiered at theCannes Film Festival. The artist went on to release her first solo album Make This Break This onKill Rock Stars. In 2008, she started her own label, Short Story Records and released an ep B+TEC! with her Brooklyn-based rock trio Bitch +The Exciting Conclusion.
That same year, Bitch produced and released an entire album of one of her musical idols, Ferron, called Boulder. Boulder features performances by Ani Difranco, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls, JD Samson, (Le Tigre, MEN) and Samantha Parton (The Be Good Tanyas). In 2010, she released Blasted! on Short Story Records, funded entirely by her fans via Kickstarter. Bitch has also recently completed Thunder & Lighten-ing, a documentary and new album she and Billie Jo Cavallaro have produced of Ferron, which will also be released on Short Story in 2013.
Juliana Snapper is an opera singer, voice researcher and artist. She received her B.M. in vocal performance from the Oberlin Conservatory where she studied under Richard Miller, and her M.A. in critical musicology at University of California, San Diego.
Snapper creates performances and installations that push the physical and expressive capacities of the singing body. She combines radical vocal techniques, composition, improvisation, and intermedia dynamics alone and in collaboration. Snapper collaborated with performance artist Ron Athey on the piece Judas Cradle which toured throughout the U.K. and premiered in the U.S. at Walt Disney Concert Hall's REDCAT Theatre. Her Five Fathoms Opera Project premiered in 2008 at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA NY. In May 2009, she collaborated with composer Andrew Infanti and costume designer Susan Matheson on the premiere of the world's first underwater opera You who will emerge from the flood at the Victoria Baths in Manchester, U.K. It is part of an episodic and site-specific work that has since been staged in the U.S., France, Portugal, Poland, and Switzerland.
Her projects have been supported by grants and fellowships from The Metropolitan Opera Foundation, Arts Council of Great Britain, The Center for Research in Computing in the Arts, and The Durfee Foundation.
Nina as a choreographer and artist with Wife, We Are the World, and Sir Heffington Dancers her works have been shown and performed internationally including LACMA and MOCA. She teaches dance at the Sweat Spot in Silverlake.
The Institute for Art and Olfaction
The Institute for Art and Olfaction was founded in October of 2012 by Saskia Wilson-Brown, with the assistance of a crackerjack team of advisors and Creative Director Micah Hahn. In December of 2012 the IAO was joined by Kóan Jeff Baysa, who came on to serve as the organization’s Programming Director. The IAO opened its Los Angeles headquarters at L.A. Mart, in March 2013. The Institute for Art and Olfaction is devoted to creative experimentation with a focus on scent. Our goal is to create new points of entry for people interested in the field of olfaction, while accommodating creative ideas in all mediums.
Brent Leonesio is an artist, perfumer and the creator of the indie scent-maker smell bent. In 2009, Leonesio began smell bent with little more than his unemployment checks and a playful dream. But smell bent proved to be more than a dream, and his passion project soon became his career. Since then, Brent’s work has found an audience on a global scale, and his whimsical scents have made fans both on the Internet and in the retail market. His work has grown to encompass fine fragrance, gallery work, artistic collaborations, custom and commercial formulations, teaching and recently, the creation of a smell bent comic book.
Maker City LA
An experiment in progress dedicated to creating the ?rst complete creative ecosystem with all the tools makers and creatives need to be successful in the global marketplace. Or maker tools, broadcast tools, seminars, events, the perfect place to collaborate and create. We’re starting with 60,000sf, but our vision is big - to create a Maker City for creatives, a community center for artists and artisans, a dream factory. We invite diverse and category busting creatives to join our community. Rent a desk, rent a studio space, schedule a tour... Contact us for details!
*Austin Young is the current artist in residence at Maker City LA
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1933 S. Broadway 11th Floor
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