Krystal Krunch is heading out to St. Louis next week to be of intuitive service for the good folks of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. We will spend the week seeing and listening intuitively to the museum's building designed by architect Tadao Ando and the work of Italian sculptor Medardo Rosso (1858-1928). Our findings culminate in a workshop on Saturday 12/10 where we will lead a group of participants to "see" the space and artwork with their eyes closed. The workshop is for people ages 17 and over and it is free, but registration is recommended - Surfaces Sensitive to Light: A workshop with Krystal Krunch.
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|Rendering for a new public art project called "We Are Los Angeles" commissioned by the CCF|
Please excuse the long absence... It's been quite a few months since I got it in my head that it was time to move Kiss of the World to the squarespacewixosphere. Having had so much fun designing & building several websites (gawdaffulnationaltheater.com / readerschorus.com / ursulabrookbankstudio.com), it seemed the right, most current thing to do. 4 months later, kissoftheworld.net became one of those sites that left you wondering if the owner had called it quits. I had not called it quits, but the thought that I should probably move everything over to 'squarewixlandia' had obviously been trumped by my true inner feeling of not wanting to change the site at all. This zine-like lo-fi format really works for me. And so it leads me to think, despite all marketing rules and best practices, that perhaps my favorite quote about cameras can be applied to websites too:
The best website is the one you have.
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A lightbox, field guide, peg bar, kodalith, acme hole punched cells, acme hole punched exeter paper, masking tape and an exacto knife. These are all the ingredients needed to "strip up" and create the title cards that contain the credit info that will run at the end of my 16mm film The Soroban and the Abacus. Once each title card is created, each card will be shot on 16mm film on an Oxberry. What I am grateful for in this process is the amount of resources I am pooling from different filmmakers to make this happen. Even though there is always talk of the impending demise of celluloid, there are filmmakers who are spending their time furiously shooting film projects and finishing in film, as much as they can, while they can. Thank you Kate Brown and thank you Margo Victor for being such forces for film goodness and sustenance. #shootfilmdontkillit
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December 14, 2015
|The Utility Box Art Project - Desert Hot Springs edition|
I saw this spectacular Utility Box Art just off of Palm Drive and Dillon Road in Desert Hot Springs. As an artist who has made a Utility Box Art project themselves (in Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles), I must admit that the most energized and also least graffittied utility box projects I've seen have all been ones that were painted directly onto the utility box. One weekend, it seemed that boxes all over South Pasadena were being painted the same day by different artists, and it was encouraging to see people stopping by to talk with the artists, and drivers smiling on to see artists in their community at work. As wonderful as some of the non-painted, vinyl decal covered utility box projects have been, they tend to look like ads and get graffitied up pronto. In its early stages the graffitti on my own utility box was welcomed, but once the flood gates were opened, it just looked trashed. The painted boxes, however, seem to stay either completely untouched, or for the most part, minimally tagged. In my opinion the Utility Box Art Project is a worthy civic project, but definitely better suited for painted projects rather than vinyl decals.
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Film poster for Kate Brown's 16mm film Vilas Kortas was unveiled at the film's recent screening in Long Beach at the Print Making Collective's studio. The poster print was designed and created by Kate in collaboration with the Collective. Notice the 3 color stripes? They are Kate's ode to the late great Colby Printing's rainbow stripe posters : D
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November 16, 2015
AFTER: 6 months of planning, designing and creating, 6 more months of being in the limelight, and then in just under an hour, neatly packed back in a box and stored next to the suitcases in the garage. Ah the cycle of an artist's life and making objects.
BEFORE: "Invisible Kitchen" installed at the "To Live and Dine in L.A." exhibition at the LA Public Library
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November 3, 2015
|On the Readers Chorus boards last night.|
|Members rehearsing "Readers Rajio Taiso/Readers Radio Calisthenics"|
From left to right: Samantha Hopkins, Luke Martin, Davy Sumner, Kate Brown, Lyman Chaffee, Tim Tsang, Christine Tavalocci, Jen Hutton, and Laura Steeneberge. Not pictured, Susan Simpson supervising movement, and yours truly in the conductor's chair.
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November 2, 2015
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|Readers Chorus Readers: (L to R) Heather Lockie, Tuni Chatterji, Eric Heep and Luke Martin|
Toyotas, Hondas, weddings, funerals, and German nose whistles....Readers Chorus Monday rehearsal for our 11/13 and 11/14 shows at Automata. Susan Simpson drops in with Readers Chorus wardrobe ideas. We're working on 12 new pieces for the show. Readers Chorus is reaching critical mass in people and in scores!
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October 20, 2015
Rehearsals have begun in earnest for the Readers Chorus performances at Automata on November 13-14. Opera singer, vocal researcher, artist, general awesomeness, Miss. Juliana Snapper stopped by and took the chorus through some warm ups. "It sounds awful, but it's going to be ok." Words of encouragement. Indeed, we shall be ok!
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October 15, 2015
|Ian Byers-Gamber / Machine Project|
After a whirlwind two week residency at Skidmore College and the Tang Museum, the 23 members of Liz Macy's Gamelan class joined forces with the 5 members of the readers chorus workshop sessions to form TANG READERS CHORUS!!! We performed a program of 6 pieces, 4 of them brand new pieces written by students and 2 from Readers Chorus LA.
Fall had arrived, and on this chilly night, we began the program outside with a brand new piece called "Politeness Counts," which was performed right next to its namesake- a shopping bag sculpture by Jonathan Seliger.
|Ian Byers-Gamber / Machine Project|
THANK YOU so much to everyone who participated in Tang Readers Chorus and to everyone who came out to watch us perform. It was a whole lot of fun and I hope that a Readers Chorus might continue at Skidmore!!!
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September 3, 2015
As part of Machine Project's collaboration with the Tang Museum at Skidmore College and the Saratoga Springs community (NY), I'll be a Reader's Chorus ambassador at the Tang for 2 weeks in September where we'll be practicing a few LA Reader's Chorus scores and creating new pieces, all to be performed at the Tang Museum on Thursday, October 1 at 8pm. Above is a screenshot of the blogspot that has been created for the project.
Krystal Krunch (the artist intuitive duo of Asher Hartman + Haruko Tanaka) will also be in residence, leading intuitive workshops and intuitively reading exhibitions!
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|9024 Lindblade St, Culver City, CA 90232|
A "how to" tutorial video will be posted here soon. #shootfilmdontkillit #16mmfilmtitles
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August 6, 2015
A recording of Readers Chorus (just like it sounds: a group of people, reading out loud together in an organized performance) test driving "Readers Rajio Taiso." Thanks to Tuni Chatterji for recording on her phone, and for Tunes, Jordan Biren and Kate Brown for helping with really on point arrangement revisions. "Readers Rajio Taiso" is ready to go!!!
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August 4, 2015
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On a 16mm roll since last Saturday's Bolex/Pinhole workshop so it's a good day to try and finish a film. Reshooting titles for "The Soroban and The Present." If anyone (is reading this...and) would like to watch a work print telecine edit version of the film, please get in touch, I can email you a vimeo link + password : D I would LOVE for you to see it! #shootfilmdontkillit #bolex #16mm #experimentalfilm #echoparkfilmcenter baybee!
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July 28, 2015
This past Saturday at the Echo Park Film Center, with the Iris Film Collective from Vancouver, Canada. We pinholed the bolexes, shot in Echo Park, hand processes the film, and had a screening, all in one afternoon. That's the Echo Park Film Center for you! Getting right to it! See all the photos here.
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July 21, 2015
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July 20, 2015
The walking trio of Kate Brown (capt.), Sara Roberts, and yours truly hit the road again. BEL AIR TO (ALMOST) DEL AIRE (right behind LAX) in thunder and pouring rain. Despite having to throw in the towel two thirds of the way (Jefferson Blvd does not let pedestrians cross over from Culver City towards LAX) my dogs are still barkin'...
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