Opening: Wednesday, November 20
8 PM performance
8 PM performance
4 PM early performance
8 PM late performance
4 PM performance
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) and Human Resources LA (HRLA) are pleased to present VIBRATION GROUP, an experimental sci-fi opera and multimedia installation by Anna Luisa Petrisko.
In the future, a group of migrants are living in a spaceship commune where they are planning, processing, and generating for a terra-cultural resurgence. They reject the idea of being settlers on another’s planet, leaving them stuck in suspension as they travel through fractured worlds, missing their home on a fraught Earth. VIBRATION GROUP speculates on modes of cultural survival and preservation in a future dystopia.
Audiences can take a sensory bath in Earth-like landscapes in the “Virtual Reality Spa,” designed by Tonia B****** and Ana Carolina Estarita Guerrero, peruse the VIBRATION GROUP archival methods and research via touchscreen computers, and partake in ceremonial toasts led by artist Sarah Gail. At the culmination, guests gather for “Group Therapy,” the opera performance which features vocal solos by each member including Soprano/sound artist Micaela Tobin (White Boy Scream).
In celebration, Anna Luisa will be releasing a 7” vinyl split with artist Adee Roberson on Practical Records. ENERGY, the title track from VIBRATION GROUP, is a club-ready track featuring Barry Brannum and Sarah Gail in a performance that channels House legend Jamie Principle. Sneak preview of the ENERGY music video here.
We will also be releasing The Body Bends In Space: VIBRATION GROUP Exercises for the Body and Mind, a limited edition risograph booklet designed by Kristian Henson (Hardworking Goodlooking), as well as Anna Luisa’s new VIBRATION GROUP clothing line designed in collaboration with Print All Over Me (PAOM).
A space commune of chosen fam seeks refuge
Using tools of ancestor, energy, and our shimmering seeing eye.
Suspended in an abyss of long time displacing,
Spiraling in wait, migrating
We pooled vibration.
Exercises of mourning, care, joy
For co-designing survival environs
Of the spheres: psycho-spiritual-body
In collaboration with Tonia B****** (vr/tech), Ana Carolina Estarita Guerrero (vr/tech), Carlo Maghirang (set design), Laskfar Vortok (video/tech), Kristian Henson (graphic design), Kerstin Hovland (lighting design), and Shoghig Halajian (project advisor). Performers include Micaela Tobin, Barry Brannum, Tiara Jackson, Sarah Gail, Fanciulla Gentile, Lu Coy, and Jon Almaraz. Photo by Dalton Blanco.
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Support is provided by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and The Map Fund. The MAP Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.