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Lucky Dragons | User Agreement


Artist Lab Residency | September 24 – December 16, 2016

18th Street Arts Center | Main Gallery

Final Performance | December 14, 2016 | 6-8pm


Los Angeles-based collective Lucky Dragons (Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara) presents User Agreement, the latest phase of an ongoing project which examines existing modalities of peace through performance. The aim of User Agreement is to reverse-engineer the technologies of peace—treaties, protocols, symbols, and systems—in order to learn from what has already been invented, to repurpose and re-contextualize, to fix existing bugs and to create new possibilities for interaction. The Artist Lab functions as an incubator or hub from which to collect ideas and share a layered, in-progress inquiry with the public. Sketches, research materials, and experimental prototypes will be put to use and on display. Working backwards from research into the ways peace has been put to use—-through images, actions, and language—the artists unpack and re-imagine techniques for resolving conflict. Translated, abstracted, dispersed. The goal is to develop new peace technologies and make them available, as conditions for engagement that preserves difference and acknowledges unanswered questions.





September 24 – December 16, 2016


18th Street Arts Center | Main Gallery

1639 18th Street

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Gallery hours: 11am-5pm, Monday-Friday


Upcoming events:


Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | 6-8 PM



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18TH STREET ARTS CENTER is one of the top 20 artist residency programs in the US. Its core gallery program, Artist Lab, stimulates public dialogue around the role of artists in society through process-based, commissioned projects intending to foster exploration and experimentation, and provide in-depth opportunities for artists to critically develop their practice. Structured as both a residency and an exhibition, individual artists or collectives develop new work and generate provocative programming.



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