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March 21, 2014

Ecotone Lab

USC Roski School of Art and Design
Giovanni Jance, Resisting Gravity (still), 2008. Digital video.

Ecotone Lab is an inquiry-driven research initiative exploring the cultural contact zone produced between Los Angeles and the surrounding desert communities including Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms. The project presents the work of artists Katie Bachler, Diane Best, the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), Bobby Furst, Mariah Garnett, Giovanni Jance, Stanya Kahn, Cheryl Montelle, Hillary Mushkin, Radio Free Joshua Tree, Steve Rowell, Kim Stringfellow and Julie Tolentino. Ecotone Lab will exist at Actual Size Gallery in Los Angeles for two weeks, with additional programming occurring at satellite locations in Joshua Tree. The materials and projects have been collected from artists, curators and other collaborators, and are shared in various forms that include a reading room, a radio broadcast, lectures, film screenings, workshops, performances, installations and an evening of storytelling.

Saturday, March 29
Opening night, 7:30pm, Actual Size Gallery
Works by CLUI, Kim Stringfellow, Giovanni Jance, Kim Stringfellow, and Steve Rowell will be on view at the gallery from March 9 to April 13 during gallery hours.


Tuesday, April 1
Screening, 8pm, Actual Size Gallery
Mariah Garnett, Signal (2012), 16mm, 7 minutes
Michelangelo Antonioni, Zabriskie Point (1970), digital copy of 35mm print, 110 minutes


Friday, April 4
Workshop, 9:30am–12:30pm, Actual Size Gallery
Katie Bachler, City Movement / / Desert Movement / / We Are Here (Workshop I)
Advanced sign-up required (see website for further information), limited space. Participants must also attend Workshop II, to take place the following morning at Joshua Tree National Park.

Workshop, Feral studios (Joshua Tree)
Julie Tolentino, Overnight Desert Workshop
Limited space / advance sign-up required (see website for further information)


Saturday, April 5
Workshop, 10:30am–1:30pm, Joshua Tree National Park
Katie Bachler, City Movement / / Desert Movement / / We Are Here (Workshop II)

Event, 2:30pm, Wonder Valley, California
Kim Stringfellow, Jackrabbit Homestead, Homestead tour
Advanced sign-up required (see website for further information), limited space

Event, 5:30pm, Furst World, 8528 Desert Shadow Rd., Joshua Tree
Dinner conversations with the artists and curators from Ecotone Lab and Monte Vista Projects: Spectacular Subdivision.
Advanced sign-up required (see website for further information), limited space.


Tuesday, April 8
Screening, 8pm, Actual Size Gallery
Stanya Kahn, It’s Cool, I’m Good (2010), color video with sound, 35:22 minutes
Todd Haynes, Safe (1995), digital copy of 35mm print, 119 minutes


Wednesday, April 9

Artist talk, 8pm, Actual Size Gallery
Hillary Mushkin’s Incendiary Traces, The Military Presence in Southern California


Saturday, April 12
Screening, 7:45pm, Actual Size Gallery
Diane Best, Cadiz (2012), Color Video with Sound, 3:40 minutes

Storytelling and performance, 8pm, Actual Size Gallery
Cheryl Montelle, Desert Stories in LA

This is a group exhibition and event series organized by MA in Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere candidates Toro Castaño, Başak Cömert, Amanda Courtney, Clare Eberle, Corey Mansfield, Julia McCornack, Katherine Rosenheim, Sonia Seetharaman, Sasha Ussef, and Nicole Wallace with Visiting Professor Connie Butler.

For further information about the MA Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program, please contact us at [email protected] or visit roski.usc.edu/ma.

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