Sea Change is a multi-site, interdisciplinary, contemporary art program developed by artist and curator Marcus Kuiland-Nazario as part of Recovery Justice: Being Well. Sea Change explores the senses and how they have been affected by Covid-19, isolation, and separation through virtual, participatory family-friendly workshops based at Cafe Bolivar, the BRAT store, and an artist laboratory, Sea Change Lab (Trade City’s Popwagon, a 25’ by 8’ foot trailer) parked at the 18th Street Arts Center Airport Campus (3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica). Sea Change Lab artists include Mariel Carranza, Sarah Johnson, Carmen Argote, Phillip T. Nails, Nao Bustamante, Paul Donald, Dorian Wood, and Hiroshi Clark. All programs are FREE.
CHAIR CONVERSATION PERFORMANCE with ALEXANDMUSHI at the Sea Change Lab
July 10, 2021 | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
As part of LEFT/RIGHT/HERE: An Outdoor Art Experience
This is a live in-person event at 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, 90405. Please register for the event here:
How do we engage and explore the space between the self and the other?
‘Chair conversations’ is a complex practice of communication using our bodies. It exists in many realms; as a durational practice over five years, as a marker of time and exploration of ‘other’ using the body as a vehicle, a secret journaling of each perspective withheld from even ourselves, it is performed in public spaces and institutions, and is a series of integrated images and videos.
How does the language of touch operate as a mode of communication in our lives? All of us talk all day and all night. We know each other through words. To touch is simple, not requiring the intellect but only the senses. There are things that can’t be said with words but only touch. There is an emotional and physical space that is entered when we move someone’s body through our own thoughts and emotions. What is it like to be given a full opportunity to ‘speak’ and ‘hear’ using only the body, uninterrupted? What role does this language play in our lives? The project is placed in both public and private sites in which the environment also impacts the exploration of the conversation being held. ‘Chair Conversations’ is durational: 20-40 minutes. This is an immersive and intimate psychological study of human connection.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
ALEXANDMUSHI is a collaboration between Alex Nichols and Mushi Wooseong James. They are conceptual artists examining humanity’s central theme: connection. Their work is a hybrid of social practice, performance, and process-based documentation including photography, video, writing, and installation. As collaborators, Alex and Mushi’s work is a testing ground where projects become intimate and vulnerable entry points into the boundaries of themselves. They come from different genders, generations and cultures, they challenge the constructs of their identity as a starting point toward holding multiple perspectives.
ALEXANDMUSHI have exhibited their works in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. They are the recipients of artist residencies in California, Taiwan, and Mexico. Alex and Mushi have participated and worked with: 18th Street Arts Center, The American Anthropological Association, AIASF, Djerassi Residency, Bamboo Curtain Studio, Centro Fotografico Alvarez Bravo Oaxaca, Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture San Francisco, MACO Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Oaxaca, MOCA Taipei, Recology San Francisco, University of San Francisco, and Zonamaco Art Fair.
Sea Change/Sourdough Sensations
Thursday, July 1, 2021, 5 – 6pm
Online: Zoom | FB Live
Sourdough Sensations is a screening of Nao Bustamante’s film Breadphones and a conversation with a professional baker sharing sourdough best practices. Participants will be able to pick up sourdough starter at Cafe Bolivar in Santa Monica, or the 18th Street Arts Center and bake their own sourdough bread and, share their baking successes or failures via 18th Street Arts Center’s 18@home platform. Sourdough Sensations will be recorded and available for viewing after 07/01.
NAO BUSTAMANTE: Nao Bustamante’s precarious practice encompasses performance art, video installation, filmmaking, sculpture, and writing. Bustamante has presented in galleries, museums, universities, and underground sites around the world. In 2020 Bustamante’s forthcoming 360º film, “The Wooden People” received a producing grant from the Mike Kelley Foundation and will be presented at REDCAT in 2021. Bustamante’s new project, “Bloom,” the redesign of the speculum, will be supported by the COLA award and the ArtPace residency. Bustamante is alum of the San Francisco Art Institute, and in 2020 she was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from her alma mater. She is a Professor at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. There, she also serves as the Director of the MFA in Art.
Breadphones is a new ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) video by Nao Bustamante. Staying home during the pandemic meant baking sourdough bread for many. Bustamante delves into the practice, triggering gentle tingles through tracing, brushing, tapping, and of course scraping and working fresh sourdough. She becomes the sourdough and eventually, the fresh bread delivers a cosmic and joyful message.
Sea Change/Sound Kitchen
Thursday, June 24, 2021, 5 – 6 PM
Online: Zoom | FB Live
Sound Kitchen is a mini-concert by Anna Homler and an experiential workshop exploring the musical properties of everyday objects, and the various kinds and qualities of sound. Anna Homler will help you navigate the ocean full of creatures in your breath and find the orchestra in your kitchen. Sound Kitchen explores alternative means of communication and the poetics of ordinary things. Sound Kitchen will be beamed out to the world from Nancy Hunt’s BRAT store in Santa Monica. Participants can upload their own Sound Kitchen mini-concerts and share them via the 18th Street Arts Center 18@home platform. Sound Kitchen will be recorded and available for viewing after 06/24.
ANNA HOMLER is a vocal, visual, and performance artist based in Los Angeles. She has performed and exhibited her work in venues around the world. With a sensibility that is both ancient and post-modern, Homler sings in an improvised melodic language. Her work explores alternative means of communication and the poetics of ordinary things. She creates perceptual interventions by using language as music and objects as instruments.
Sea Change Lab
Part of Recovery Justice: Being Well
Throughout May – August 2021
On site at 18th Street Arts Center (Airport Campus)
3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica
Check back on this webpage for more events, updates, and details!
Artist Marcus Kuiland-Nazario is conducting audio interviews with community members about their experience during lockdown. Kuiland-Nazario has also invited artist colleagues including Mariel Carranza, Sarah Johnson, Phillip T Nails, Nao Bustamante, Paul Donald, Dorian Wood, and Hiroshi Clark to share works created during lockdown to be transmitted from the Sea Change Lab. Sea Change Lab is a 25’ by 8’ foot trailer provided by Trade City and also known as Trade City’s Popwagon.
“Being Well” is what we seek together as neighbors, and recalls one of the central guiding principles of the City of Santa Monica, the notion of “wellbeing” as key to civic health. Recovery Justice: Being Well, aims to highlight the recent circumstances that have evolved during the pandemic (racial justice demonstrations and destruction, as well as social discontent and general disconnection) into a series of self-organized artist projects that merges the exterior and interior public spaces of City of Santa Monica property. 18th Street Airport Campus at Santa Monica Municipal Airport will be the site where artists reimagine the city and beyond in the midst of complex social unrest globally. Recovery Justice will recuperate through various means the digital and physical footprints left in a city that struggles to reclaim the seemingly peaceful environment it once had. Artists will develop a palette for making and sharing artworks responding to the street experience in safe, healing and expressive modes. This porous series is a point of departure to reconcile and redefine the concept of justice.
THIS EXHIBITION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 10!
The exhibition is open until September 10, 2021 on M-F from 9-5 PM, and Saturday hours from 12-5 PM will begin on July 24.
We encourage you to make an appointment for ease and convenience, but we also welcome walk-in visitors. Please note that all visitors to 18SAC’s campus must still wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
Please visit recoveryjustice.eventbrite.com to sign up for an appointment.
This collage of self-organized artist projects was organized around the common theme of Recovery Justice, facilitated as part of Sara Daleiden’s artist project and ongoing conversations nurtured through a series of online conversations with 18th Street’s artist community called “Creative Roundtables” over the past 8 months. These projects will manifest in outdoor presentations on the side of the building; sculptural, photographic, painting and video work in the galleries; and a series of online and drive-in events in Spring of 2021. The artists’ presentations will also be represented online and via a 360 tour for virtual viewing.
Participating artists include: Sara Daleiden, Nicola Goode, Susie McKay Krieser, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, M Susan Broussard, Lionel Popkin, Yrneh Gabon Brown, Lola del Fresno, Debra Disman, Melinda Smith Altshuler, Gregg Chadwick, Luciana Abait, Deborah Lynn Irmas, Rebecca Youssef, and Dan S. Wang.
Sea Change is produced by Marcus Kuiland-Nazario in conjunction with the 18th Street Arts Center and is generously supported by Art of Recovery, an initiative of the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, santamonica.gov/arts/