Photos by Sean Deckert, Adrien Padilla, and Rush Varela

A curated series of transdisciplinary salons

A series of salons inviting audiences to listen, explore, meet new artists and experience their work. Guests enjoy wine, snacks and great conversation as we behold beautiful beginnings in the world of creation and collaboration.

March 2022 – Illuminating the Bendix

The first salon in this series featured artists:

ISABEL BEAVERS ~ a transdisciplinary artist and creative producer based in Los Angeles. Her work explores ecologies, examines environmental histories and postulates about climate futures through multimedia installation + new media.

JOAN H.P. FRICKE ~ a multidisciplinary, LA-based artist. She uses voice and choreography to investigate the nonlinear existence of time and space.

NAILAH HUNTER ~ a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Los Angeles. She combines harp, synth, found sounds, and voice to create reflective sonic landscapes that promote healing and self-awareness for herself and the listener.

May 2022 – Stories from Storage

Stories from Storage, was an unearthing, a revealing, and a rejoicing of memories we had hidden, packed away, and forgotten. The rooftop of the Bendix building was transformed by two distinct landscape installations created by ceramist and plant artist, Mipa Shin and antidisciplinary artist, LaRissa Rogers. Dancer and HDD Artist in Residence, Ching Ching Wong, created a dance score in response to both artworks alongside dancer Jobel Medina with musicians Dwight Trible, Pablo Calogero, and Roberto Miranda.

August 2022 – Second Nature

Second Nature, was a unification of film, dance, music, and conversation that delved into the significance of Slavic cultural stories and experiences. The salon included a full screening of HDD’s dance film series, “Counterintelligence: The Story of Sister Alyonushka and Brother Ivanushka’,’ a contemporary reimagining of the Russian folktale told in a tongue and cheek telenovela style. The film characters were brought to life through an exciting live performance of the story’s epilogue featuring dancers from the telenovela and choreographed by Raymond Ejiofor with music by Justin Scheid. An expert panel discussed topics relating to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

   

This project is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and by New Music USA’s New Music Organizational Development Fund. Funding has also been provided by California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.