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Kathleen Johnson
Brainchild Part 3
Composer Mark So
Oct 25, 2015

Please RSVP to: rsvp@laxart.org



7000 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90038

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Doors open 7:30, piece begins promptly at 8:00 pm 



Dominique Cox as Brainchild


Julie Brody

Kate Brown

Mari Garrett

Gabie Strong


Costumes by Kelly Marie Conder

Initiated in 2008, Brainchild is the artist Kathleen Johnson’s nine-part, multi-year fiction and sound project. For each successive part of the sci-fi story, she collaborates with a guest composer who creates a choral work for performance.  Johnson’s narrative follows a girl, Brainchild, who discovers the abandoned structures of an ancient civilization, and slowly begins to understand her own strange connection to its builders. Finding musicality within the language of the Brainchild text itself, composer Mark So has created a score for Part 3 comprised solely of the words on the page, arranged and notated into open fields, dense clusters, and single lines to produce what So calls a “native” reading. As part of HDTS: Epicenter, Part 3 premiered on Oct. 11 at the Mars Desert Research Station, a Mars analog site where Johnson was in residence in 2004 to study the landscape and its use in preparing for life on Mars.



About LA><ART

Founded in 2005, LA><ART is the leading independent contemporary art space supporting artistic and curatorial freedom.  LA><ART is an incubator for the next generation of artists and curators, artist collectives and artist run spaces. The organization is committed to producing newly commissioned works of art, to present experimental exhibitions, public art initiatives, and publications with emerging, mid-career and established local, national and international artists.


LA><ART's programs are produced with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The National Endowment for the Arts; City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; The Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Nathan Cummings Foundation, with the support and encouragement of Roberta Friedman Cummings, Dashiell Driscoll and Clea Shearer; The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation; California Community Foundation; The Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation; Joel Chen; Ruth and Jacob Bloom; the Evans Family Foundation; Stanley and Gail Hollander; Lisa and Leonardo Schiff; Sima Familant; Michael and Joyce Ostin; Joseph Varet and Esther Kim Varet; Brenda R. Potter; the Maurice Marciano Family Foundation; Ron and Sindi Schwartz; Maja Kristin; Larry Mathews and Brian Saliman; Linda Janger; Phil Lord; Anonymous Donors; Claire and Eric Block, and the Offield Family Foundation.


Image: Bill Morrison, consolidatedanomaly.org


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