School of Art
- School of Art
- Allan Sekula Memorial
- Michael Asher Memorial
REDCAT: Opening reception: Sat, April 9, 6–9 pm
REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater) was carved out of the parking structure of the Walt Disney Concert Hall (home of LA Philharmonic) as CalArts' downtown venue for contemporary arts and opened its doors in 2003, shortly after the freshly inaugurated music venue. The Gallery at REDCAT was itself an addition to the original plan, which initially only included a multi-purpose performing art center. For his project at REDCAT, John Knight revisits this relationship between the two cohabiting institutions in today’s highly developed “cultural corridor” of downtown Los Angeles, considering the relationship between space, architecture, contemporary arts and real estate.
Since the late 1960s, Los Angeles-based artist John Knight has pioneered the practices of site-specificity and institutional critique, always interested in interrogating the underlying geopolitical and economic systems implicit in everyday convention. Eschewing a signature style, Knight prefers to work in situ, engaging with and responding to the context of each unique site. Often utilizing the visual strategies of architecture, advertising, and corporate design, Knight’s multilayered projects challenge the art establishment and its relationship to a larger global context.
ART: Pasolini’s Bodies and Places
Around 1980 in Rome, a few years after Pasolini’s assassination, a small cooperative around filmcritics Michele Mancini and Giuseppe Perrella produced a mysteriously elaborate 600-page picture-book with the title “Pier Paolo Pasolini: corpi e luoghi”. At the time of its publication, coming out of a rich environment of cultural and political production in Italy, the book was celebrated "as an indispensable tool for future research" on the filmmaker. Today “Corpi e Luoghi” has been long out of print. Yet it has remained, as one review put it in 1982, “the most pasolinian book to date”. Conceived by its authors as a “vision producing machine”, the publication appears as a groundbreaking model of applied critical theory: an exuberant rather than academic mixture of visual studies, Frankfurt-School marxism, and psychoanalysis, stubbornly precise and also playful. The lecture will present “Corpi e Luoghi” in the context of a forthcoming re-edition in English.
Benedikt Reichenbach studied at the University of Leipzig and at the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture, Leipzig. In 2007, he received his MA in philosophy and history with a thesis about the ban on images in the writings of Theodor W. Adorno. Since then, he has worked as a graphic designer and editor in Berlin and New York. On the occasion of Harun Farocki's seventieth birthday, he edited and designed "Harun Farocki Diagrams: Images from Ten Films" (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2014). At the Whitney Independent Studies Program he is currently preparing a publication on “the binary” in image-making, based on a history on the diptych-form.