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untune presents Social Sub-Sub-Genres – Brennan Hill, November 1 – 22, 2017

November 1st, 2017

Once art leaves its birth place and enters the public sphere it seeks dialogue and attention.  In opposition, Nietzsche argued for a monological conception of art – one not seeking audience.  When I visited Los Angeles artist Brennan Hill’s studio for the first time, I was struck by the language his visual work provoked, seeking both social exclusion and social inclusion.  A 30″ x 40” painting titled Evolution hung on his studio wall.    My interpretation of it was completely different than his, a difference due to my misperception of one of his three illustrated anime characters being female rather than male.  This small but significant detail affected my entire interpretation of Hill’s painting.   Its not at all unusual to have various interpretations of a work, but this exchange left me pondering another issue entirely.  Does Art even need the Artist?  Perhaps Hill left a white void around his characters in Evolution to create a separation between himself and the characters he depicts.  And it is in that empty space that translation and clarification may occur.

Social Sub-Sub-Genres Exhibition Images:

"Grass Drop" (left) and Half Angel Half Snail" (right), Brennan Hill

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Brennan Hill is a Los Angeles-based artist and musician whose videos, performances, and paintings have shown in galleries on the east and west coasts of the United States as well as in association with The Institute for New Feeling and Printed Matter’s Art Book Fairs. Hill’s work frequently takes its cues from the elegant indignation of the Dadaist movement with an interest in the formalisms and tropes of current pop culture. For the artist’s current exhibition, he begins with the premise that it is impossible to make an antisocial work of art. During the process of attempting to defy this idea, Hill arrives at the conclusion that this is, in fact, true. The failed attempts resulting from this experiment are what make up Social Sub-Sub-Genres; an exhibition comprised of three paintings, self-published books, and two single-channel videos.

In the post-mortem, one can draw comparisons between the personal vocabulary of Hill’s subject matter and the almost linguistic nuances found in the sub-genres of music and film. In the video entitled Backpeddler, appropriated footage from the documentary Chasing Ice has been married to a song recorded by the artist which falls within the boundaries of a sub-sub-genre known as ‘funeral doom metal’. As the largest glacier-separation ever filmed unfolds, colossal pieces of ice ascend, writhe, and sink to the almost comedically slow tempo of the specific doom metal strain that has been employed.

In short, Social Sub-Sub-Genres is about investigating the relationship between the social aspects of language and the seemingly anti-social isolation of a studio practice.


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untune presents Social Residencies: October 6 – 28

October 6th, 2017

The slow delivery of this announcement was intended to provoke physiological anticipation for this bending shape of things to come.  As we anticipate a waking from this horror that is not Halloween but rather a reflection of a reality that we find ourselves accidentally in, we are forced to take a closer look at that photo we shot on our smart phones.  How much time passes between our first gaze onto the subject and the snap shot?  How many minutes missed as we find the perfect frame and how many more lost as we fragrance the post with half-heard conversations?  (untune invite email, 10-16-17)

untune Artist-in-Residents include Marcia Bassett (social entropy), Kathleen Kim (social slur), and Alison O’Daniel (social tone);  Similar in their mesmerizing abilities to lean deeper into human sensitivities, overlapping processes and bits of ‘real life’ integrated into poetic approaches that extend the boundaries of social involvement and collaboration.

Marcia Bassett
 (10-6 to 10-9)  
so·cial en·tro·py will be presented at untune on a future date

Kathleen Kim (10-16 to 10-22) 
so·cial slur

Kathleen Kim presented two events during her residency: 
Thursday October 19th 
LA Fog performed a rehearsal of new work with undiscovered endings.  LA Fog is an experimental music group composed of woodwinds and strings. Their music is composed by members Kelly Coats, Kathleen Kim, Giles Miller and Jonathan Silberman, and their compositions include structures for improvisation along with traditional and non-traditional scores

LA Fog

LA Fog
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Saturday October 21st 
Siblings Eric Kim and Kathleen Kim invited guests to engage in conversation while enjoying the calming and healing properties of freshly brewed Wood Betony tea and hors d’eourves. The botanical term for Wood Betony, Betonica officinalis, means ‘tonic for head.’ 

Wood Betony Tea and Conversation

Wood Betony Tea and Conversation
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Alison O’ Daniel (10-23 to 10-28)
so·cial tone will be presented at untune on a future date



Marcia Bassett is a NYC-based musician and multi-media artist. An artist whose alternately shimmeringly beatific and uncannily intense work has resonated through the underground world, Bassett is the exterminating and vivifying force defying boundaries of noise, free drone and dark psychedelia to arrive at a place of heavenly radiance and hellish intensity. Working with synthesis, processed field recordings, electric guitar, electronic experimentation and acoustic instruments, under the moniker Zaïmph, she seeks to transform, re-imagine and find new meaning within established structure. Her solo recordings appear on a number of independent USA and European record labels, as well as her own private-press label Yew Recordings. Bassett frequently collaborates and records one-to-one with musicians living in the USA and Europe; collaborators include Samara Lubelski, Bridget Hayden, Barry Weisblat, Bob Bellerue, Helga Fassonaki, Jenny Graf and Margarida Garcia. Additionally, Bassett is an active participant in ensembles that explore improvised sound and visual scores.  She has been an active member of  Andrew Lafkas’ large ensemble Alternate Models; the group presented “Two Paths with Active Shadows Under Three Moons and Surveillance,” at Experimental Intermedia and EyebeamNYC; Bassett has also contributed to “Gen Ken’s Supergroup performing at PS1 Solid Gold and Experimental Intermedia.

Recent solo and collaborative presentations of her work include “Transitory Freezing of Perpetual Motion” collaborative improvised sound performance with Jenny Graf and dancers at Here-10 Evenings Festival, Sweden;“Field Recording with Zaïmph”, BOMB magazine; “Out of Line: Narcissister” live improvised sound interaction with the performance, High Line, NYC; “Ed Atkins: Performance Capture” at the Kitchen NYC;  composition and performances of the score “One Two Sides Dirty,” part of Helga Fassonaki’s Khal project presented at galleries in the US and New Zealand; and “Ten Ways of Doing Time”, 2013, Single Channel Video, written and directed by James Fotopoulos and Laura Parnes with original soundtrack by Marcia Bassett. 

Kathleen Kim is an experimental musician and composer who creates solo work as well as collaborative work with LA Fog and SheKhan. She has performed in joint projects in museums, galleries and venues, nationally and internationally. She co-founded Human Resources Gallery with her brother Eric Kim along with Giles Miller, Dawn Kasper and Devin McNulty. Kathleen is also a full-time professor of law at Loyola Law School and a nationally-recognized scholar of critical theory perspectives on immigration and human trafficking. She is co-author of the first casebook on human trafficking. From 2013-2016 she served as a Los Angeles Police Commissioner and was a gubernatorial appointee to the first statewide California Anti-Trafficking Task Force. In 2014, Los Angeles Magazine named her one of Los Angeles’ ten most inspiring women. In 2016, The National Jurist selected her as one of twenty law professor “Leaders in Diversity.” She was a recipient of the Judge Takasugi Public Interest Fellowship, Skadden Fellowship and Immigrants’ Rights Teaching Fellowship at Stanford Law School.

Combining film, performance, sculpture, and installation, Alison O’Daniel structures her work as a call-and-response between mediums. Cinema, performance, sound-dampening textiles, sculptures, mobiles and large-scale installations foreground the deaf and hard of hearing experience through process, collaboration, and material. Her collaborations with composers and musicians often highlight the loss or re-creation of information as it passes through various channels, building a visual, aural, and haptic vocabulary as a means to tell stories inspired by events that are both historic and quotidian. O’Daniel’s current project, The Tuba Thieves, made in the wake of tuba robberies from Los Angeles schools, elliptically connects the story of a Deaf drummer to the students, band directors, and school communities who must reconcile with missing sound following the thefts. First-hand accounts and real life details from collaborations with students, musicians, composers, and actors are continuously altering the narrative, which is filmed in segments over time, eventually forming a feature length film. O’Daniel has presented solo exhibitions at Art In General, New York; Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles; Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France and performances at the Hammer Museum, Knockdown Center, and Art Los Angeles Contemporary.  Writing on O’Daniel’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Artforum, Los Angeles Times, and ArtReview. O’Daniel has received grants from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation; Center for Cultural Innovation; Art Matters; Franklin Furnace Fund; and California Community Foundation. She received a BFA in Fibers and Material Studies from the Cleveland Institute of Art, a Post-graduate Diploma of Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a MFA in Studio Art from UC Irvine, CA. During her residency at Untune, O’Daniel will begin a collaborative piece with a friend and her 3 year old son addressing issues of accessibility in closed captioning.

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untune presents Social Relations – September 1 – 22, 2017

August 30th, 2017

so·cial re·la·tions 
any relationship or interaction between two or more living organisms.
September 1 – 22, 2017
“…there was nothing in the moon, in its geometrical dimensions,there was nothing in its chemistry, there was nothing in its electromagnetics, that in any way said it was going to attract the earth. There was nothing in the earth that said the same. It was not until you saw the interbehavior being manifested in free space that you realized there was something going on between”
– R. Buckminster Fuller (“Everything I know”, 1975) 

How do we begin?  By just living and learning to live with each other.  Creating and interacting in the same space.  Shitting down the same hole and eating from the same plates.  Through the remains and artifacts left here and there, from the dog hair and shifting air streams, from the creaks and cracks of ignored door screeches, from the stinky compost pile, we feel the space and dial in the presence of each other, of our neighbors, of the insects, of the night passers, and of the shouting headlines cancelled out by melting guitar tones and poetic chorus lines.   Only through the overlapping space between, only by the presence of one in the presence of others we come to understand ourselves and the attraction and retraction between.   Social Relations is a living process between artist inhabiters and co-inhabiters of untune.  For now we’ll remain anonymous.  

Sun Made

Sun Made
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Begun on August 1st  
Soft opening on September 1st, 7-11pm 
Closing party on the 22nd, 7-11pm

During the three weeks following the Social Relations opening, the living process between artist inhabiters and co-inhabiters of untune has continued to further melt, shape, form, and interact with the energies of the sun and moon, within the layers of atmosphere, and between the concrete pathway and carob tree – sometimes heavy, sometimes light reflective, sometimes bent out of shape, sometimes confused, sometimes aligned with nature’s rhythms, sometimes nature needs space, sometimes floating in delirium, sometimes desiring darkness, sometimes filled with tears and laughter, sometimes only anger, and sometimes we just loose ourselves for endless hours in the hypnotizing patterns left on the ceiling by broken mirrors – this is all of us learning to live with the challenges of the planet learning to live with all of us and the raging bull.    

Please join us this Friday September 22nd, 7-10pm, for the closing event of Social Relations featuring specially crafted first-time collaborations between Hardcore Tina & Syko Friend and Shekhan & yek koo

Hardcore Tina & Syko Friend are inspired by Diane Wakoski, Calamity Jane’s diaries and day to day reflections on how to be soft in a tough world.  

Shekhan & yek koo will be combining  beat driven interlocking harmonies of flute, violin, vocals, mandocaster, and electronics of SheKhan with the vocal and tap-infused spacial modifications of yek koo  

Sun Made Moon

Sun Made Moon
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Social Relations Press Release PDF


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SOCIAL at untune

August 1st, 2017

relating to society or its constitution.  
synonyms:  communal, community, collective, group, general, popular, civil, public, societal 
To be anti any of the above is to be antisocial, recognized as a social problem.  Refusing to be social is refusing to relate to human society and its members.  Someone with social issues.  Sociopaths are often described as antisocial –  “dangerous, unprincipled, distasteful, disruptive, rebellious, misanthropic, reclusive, withdrawn…”  Is it an inability to relate or a refusal to relate that deems one against society?  
I relate to both.   I’m an animal.  I fight for nature and die when mother nature decides.  My security is locked inside my gut and that ain’t social.  Delete ‘social’ and you simply have security, reform, justice, media, anxiety, science, cohesion, exclusion, control, distortion.  In politics, this is often a right-wing perspective.  Our society encourages social but demonizes socialism.  Conflict of interest. Conflict of times. Conflicting times.  I’m a socialist anyhow.  

For the purpose of further breaking down these socialized normalized layers, our conditioned praising of the individualist, the artist ego, self sustainability, self identity, self righteousness drilled into our existence as western inhabiters,  untune will be curating a year of programming dedicated to “Social” as a concept used in different contexts and phrases referring to attitudes, behaviors, conditions, and cultural-political views that consider the interests, intentions, actions, and philosophies of living organisms living collectively in interacting populations.  Programming will include events, discussions, presentations, and performances that focus on a separate ‘social’ concept for three weeks at a time.