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SCREENING. Carlos Amorales: A Film Trilogy 

June 10-11, 2015

The Mistake Room is pleased to present a two-night screening event devoted to a recently completed trilogy of films produced by Mexico City-based artist Carlos Amorales (b. 1970 Mexico) This will mark the first time that Amorales’s trilogy will be shown in its entirety. Following the screenings on the second night of the event (June 11th), a conversation will be staged between the artist and Dr. Josh Kun, Associate Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

June 10th, 2015

 Amsterdam (2013), Running Time: 21 mins. 

A fictional film made from a screenplay written in collaboration with Argentinian author Reinaldo Laddaga. Based on extensive research, the film mobilizes the use of non-semantical languages. The obstruction of understandable language allowed for the actors and the director to improvise when shooting the scenes. As spoken language and text became more and more abstracted through the filming process, the actors’ physical expression became the predominant form of communication. Under these working premises, the act of filmmaking allowed for the creation of an experience of a “state of exception” comparable to a moment of social anarchy.

 The Man Who Did All Things Forbidden (2014), Running Time: 40 mins. 

Inspired by the novel Estrella Distante by Chilean author Roberto Bolaño, Amorales’s film explores Bolaño’s views of the Chilean avant-garde and revels in the surreal imagery and poetic rhythms of his writings.

June 11th, 2015

The Eye Me Not (2015), Running Time: 50 mins. 

 Through the dream of an opium addict, the final film revisits an Inuit myth in which the protagonist has become invisible to the European traders with whom he tries to trade goods. The narrative is intermixed with a rich variety of sources: paintings, costumes, and set designs by Russian Suprematist artist Kazimir Malevich; strains of pedagogical and political theory articulated by Joseph Beuys; and controversial texts by Chilean writer Manuel Serrano. The idea of collage permeates the entire project—the actors themselves used collage cutouts as props and scenic backdrops as they developed a symbolic language of their own, opening new associative and narrative possibilities.

Carlos Amorales in conversation with Dr. Josh Kun, Associate Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Carlos Amorales: A Film Trilogy is organized by The Mistake Room and curated by Kris Kuramitsu, TMR Deputy Director and Senior Curator. Special thanks to Magnolia de la Garza.

The Mistake Room’s programs are made possible through the generosity of its Board of Directors, Big Mistake and Mistake Patron Groups, Director’s Council, and Contemporary Council. In-kind support is provided by House Beer. Special thanks to Kurimanzutto, Mexico City. 

 

ARTIST TALK. Hirokazu Kosaka and Laddie John Dill on Matsumi Kanemitsu

December 13, 2014

Artists Hirokazu Kosaka and Laddie John Dill join Kris Kuramitsu, TMR Deputy Director and Senior Curator, to discuss the life and legacay of Matsumi Kanemitsu on the occasion of his posthumous exhibition, Metamorphic Effects. 

The Mistake Room’s programs are made possible through the generosity of its Board of Directors, Big Mistake and Mistake Patron Groups, Director’s Council, and Contemporary Council. In-kind support is provided by House Beer. Special thanks to Nancy Uyemura. 

 

ARTIST TALK. Ed Clark

November 15, 2014

Artist Ed Clark  and TMR Director and Chief Curator Cesar Garcia sit down to talk about Clark's life and practice. 

The Mistake Room’s programs are made possible through the generosity of its Board of Directors, Big Mistake and Mistake Patron Groups, Director’s Council, and Contemporary Council. 

ICRP LECTURE. Hendrik Folkerts

July 15, 2014

Hendrik Folkerts, Curator of Performance, Film, and Discursive Programs, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

“Public Programming: The Museum as Expanded Stage”

 The Mistake Room’s International Curatorial Research Program (ICRP) is an initiative that strengthens and advances our mission as our city’s international hub for art and ideas. The ICRP brings international curators to Los Angeles on short-term residencies. During their residency, participating curators complete an itinerary of studio visits organized by the curatorial team of The Mistake Room with input from colleagues at art institutions throughout Southern California. In addition, vising curators participate in professional meetings, institutional site visits, and deliver a public lecture that introduces our audiences to their work and the contexts in which they practice. This initiative aims to generate a tangible global network of collaborative institutional exchanges while helping broadly expand opportunities for Los Angeles artists abroad.

The Mistake Room’s programs are made possible through the generosity of its Board of Directors, Big Mistake and Mistake Patron Groups, Director’s Council, and Contemporary Council. In-kind support is provided by House Beer. Special thanks to Mieke Marple, Davida Nemeroff, and Night Gallery. 

 

SCREENING. Cities on Screens: Film Works by Gordon Matta-Clark 

September 17-18, 2014 

The Mistake Room is pleased to present a two-evening screening program devoted to the film works of Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978). Born in New York in 1943, Gordon Matta-Clark is considered one of the most influential American artists of the last four decades. Trained as an architect, Matta-Clark’s practice was anchored around a radical investigation of space and architecture; of the complexities of urban life and the structures that mold and sustain it. Informed by both Minimalism and Surrealism, Matta-Clark used buildings as a site and a medium—physically carving out sections of them to create temporary spatial compositions that went on to exist only in his photographs, collages, and films. Until his untimely death in 1978, at the age of 35, Matta-Clark drew attention to the multitude of places that bodies construct and inhabit in urban centers—to their materiality, their sociability, and even their mortality. In an oeuvre that is beautiful and raw, Matta-Clark exposes both the violent and transcendental qualities embedded in the gestures of building—leaving behind for us a haunting architectural imagination where the lives of cities continue to evolve. 

The two-evening screening program at The Mistake Room will focus on Matta-Clark’s relationship to the city—as a material, as a site for intervention, and as an image. Encompassing a total of seven films and a series of interjecting conversations and dialogues, Cities on Screens: Film Works by Gordon Matta-Clark aims to reflect on the rapidly changing nature of Los Angeles itself, particularly its Downtown. At a time when multiple acts of building are enacted upon this formerly desolate terrain and promises of regeneration fuel both speculative new inhabitance and dislocation, Matta-Clark’s works provide a moment of meditation on the past and future of Los Angeles. 


SCREENING SCHEDULE 

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 

Fire Child (1971) 9:47 min, color, silent, Super 8mm film on video 
Fresh Kill (1972) 12:56 min, color, sound, 16mm film on video 
Day’s End (1975) 23:10 min, color, silent, Super 8mm film on video 

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 

Substrait (Underground Dailies) (1976) 30 min, b&w and color, sound, 16mm film on video 
Splitting (1974) 10:50 min, b&w and color, silent, Super 8mm film on video 
Conical Intersect (1975) 18:40 min, color, silent, 16mm film on video 
City Slivers (1976) 15 min, color, silent, Super 8mm film on video 

Cities on Screens: Film Works by Gordon Matta-Clark is organized by The Mistake Room and co-curated by Cesar Garcia, TMR Director and Chief Curator, and Jessamyn Fiore, Co-Director of the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark.

The Mistake Room’s programs are made possible through the generosity of its Board of Directors, Big Mistake and Mistake Patron Groups, Director’s Council, and Contemporary Council. 

Special thanks to The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark, David Zwirner, New York/London, and Electronic Arts Intermix. 

 

ARTIST TALK. Oscar Murillo 

April 10, 2014 

Artist Oscar Murillo and TMR Director and Chief Curator Cesar Garcia sit down to talk about labor, migration, informal economies, and value in different economies of making on the occasion of his exhibition Distribution Center. 

The Mistake Room’s programs are made possible through the generosity of its Board of Directors, Big Mistake and Mistake Patron Groups, Director’s Council, and Contemporary Council. 

 

PERFORMANCE. Oscar Murillo: Valentina's Birthday

January 17, 2014 

In conjunction with Oscar Murillo’s first institutional exhibition in the United States, Distribution Center, the artist organized a situation-specific event to take place during the opening reception of his solo show at The Mistake Room.

Gallery attendees to the opening became spectators and participants in a gathering hosted on the occasion of the artist's daughter's birthday. The celebration was held in the space of the exhibition, amidst the installation of paintings, drawings and video works on view for Distribution Center that are informed by charged histories that trace the movement of bodies, capital and commodities across geographies. In the presence of the artist’s family, close relatives and broader public audience, the party in celebration of Valentina is a continuity of Murillo’s exploration into the fluidity of social spaces—in subverting the codes and expectations that govern the spheres of labor, leisure and aesthetics that anchor his practice.

Known to instigate exchanges between distinct social classes through the mobilization of leisurely events such as bingo games and birthday parties, Murillo has long gestured to the possibility of the space of rest as a site for social inversion; as a location wherein class and social status are interrogated and transformed, even if only temporarily.

The Mistake Room’s programs are made possible through the generosity of its Board of Directors, Big Mistake and Mistake Patron Groups, Director’s Council, and Contemporary Council. Special Thanks to Jennifer Gross and Evolutionary Media Group. 

Photo Credits: Michael Underwood. Copyright 2014. The Mistake Room.