HM 157 Presents:
Dadaismus ~ An Auditory Odyssey
Curated by Michelle Carr
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Doors open at 8 PM, show starts at 9 PM – 3 AM
$5.00 after midnight – DJ set w/ Don Bolles for the late birds
Social lubricants and nosh on offer
Street parking only
Dadaismus is a bi-monthly experience casting unique avant-garde multimedia music, dance, film and spoken word performances, curated by HM157 artist in residence Michelle Carr founder of the legendary Jabberajaw club and creator of Velvet Hammer Burlesque
MC and DJ: Don Bolles
Featuring musical performances by The Centimeters and L.A. Dronas, experimental music and performance by Circuitry and Poetry, performance art and soundscape by Anna Homler, spoken word by John Tottenham, modern dance by mecca vazie andrews and projections by The Mystery Machine.
Even those of us who were around at a time when the Centimeters soaked the stages of goth rock concerts, Cacophony Society functions, and Mr. T’s Bowl with cacklingly evil vocals, Minimal Man synths, somber violins, and gloomy, drug-fueled guitar jangles probably don’t have all these songs, spread as they were over a few albums and EPs and, perhaps, across the detritus-strewn floor of singer Greg Gomberg’s Koreatown bedroom for years and years and years. It’s odd to think that a band that never smiled on stage, except in contempt for all that was pure and holy, could bring so much joy to its fans. But there are people who are peeing themselves to see a return, even in the form of a greatest hits and a few new live shows, of the dynamic duo of Gomberg and Nora Keyes and the lost boys (and girls) who brought their songs to life right on the cusp of the George W. years.
Jeff Boynton plays his circuit bent instruments live through multiple amps distributed throughout the space. Over this sonic backdrop, Mona Jean Cedar reads original poetry while simultaneously interpreting it with American Sign Language (ASL) and dance.
Anna Homler is a vocal, visual and performance. With a sensibility that is both ancient and post-modern, Homler’s work explores alternative means of communication and the poetics of everyday objects. She creates ”perceptual interventions” by using language as music and sound as language.
Highlighting Holmer’s work is the performance/installation project “Pharmacia Poetica” which examines the symbolic and tonal qualities of words and objects. The installation has traveled nationwide as part of the exhibition, “40 Years of California Assemblage”, and worldwide as part of the traveling exhibition “Outside the Frame: Performance and the Object, a survey of performance art in the United States from 1950 to the present.” www.annahomler.com
L.A.Drones! hales from both Mexico and Southern California and is a sonic mixture of electro, KrautRock, dub, acid, and noise, through the interaction of loops and drones, but never forgetting melody, performed with vocals, two synthesizers, effects modules, pedals and two mixers with improvisation as an essential part of the performance. www.ladrones2.bandcamp.com/ , https://soundcloud.com/l-a-droneswww.vimeo.com/90298781
John Tottenham is the author of The Inertia Variations, an epic cycle on the subject of work-avoidance, indolence and failure. His final collection of poetry, Antiepithalamia & Other Poems of Regret and Resentment
John is also an old-fashioned paint and brushes man, whose paintings and drawings have been exhibited at galleries in Los Angeles and New York. His last solo show was at the Rosamund Felsen gallery in July, 2012. www.johntottenham.com
mecca vazie andrews is a Los Angeles based instructor, choreographer, and dancer. As artistic director of her company The MOVEMENT movement she was the performer, choreographer, and director of the 2013 REDCAT New Original Works Festival piece “Molly Maps Erratic.” Established in 2007 The MOVEMENT movement’ mission is to preserve past and present cultural traditions through authentic alternative performance experiences. Partnering movement, musical theater, performance art, dance, and text. The company has performed at various theaters museums and galleries including Los Angeles Museum of Art , Santa Monica Museum of Art, Hammer Museum, El Portal, and LACE Gallery. www.
The High Priestess of Visuals is back! The Mystery Machine
The Mystery Machine is a magical concern made of circuits and brain waves, colors and cortexes. Made to bend and wobble, and wonder and awe. She loves BIG WALLS, and wants to play on yours. The sound and the vision were made to be married in live improvisational performances. You are here, and you already know this. www.facebook.com/themysterymachinetakesoff