For Immediate Release:

    Arts Announces Program Schedule For
    A_S Festival: City as Wunderkammer
    Throughout Pasadena & the Greater Los Angeles Area
    November 2 – November 11, 2018

    LOS ANGELES, CA – October 16, 2018 – Fulcrum Arts presents
    2018’s A_S Festival, a regional celebration of art and science, taking place
    from Friday, November 2 through Sunday, November 11, 2018. This year’s
    festival, entitled A_S Festival: City as Wunderkammer, will
    incorporate the concept of the “wunderkammer,” or “cabinet of curiosities,” as
    a model for exploring the intersection of art and science. While often
    described as occupying opposite ends of the spectrum, art and science are
    instead understood to be powerful engines of contemporary culture. This ongoing
    festival features exhibitions, performances, and educational programming. As a
    thematic pivoting point, A_S Festival provides opportunities for discovering
    the fascinations, curiosities, and tensions ignited by pondering integrations
    of art and science. Experience the 10-day festival in public spaces and online,
    in collaboration with a dozen locations including local science and cultural
    institutions as well as the festival’s own website. For more information,
    please visit https://axsfestival.org.

    Website as Destination & Physical Locations
    Organized rhizomatically, the City asWunderkammer website
    functions as a visual/informational supplement to the Festival as well as an
    extension of the wunderkammer model. Organized around two central tropes – the
    macrocosm and microcosm – the website loosely positions exhibitions,
    performances, and events within these categories. Additionally, the website
    links the Festival to other innovative institutions and experimental entities
    that have been contributing to the rich artistic, cultural, and scientific
    landscape of Los Angeles for decades—such as the Carnegie Observatories, The
    Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
     and TheMuseum
    of Jurassic Technology

    The festival will feature twelve programs comprising performances, lectures,
    exhibitions, and other events in partnership with A Noise WithinArmory
    Center for the Arts
    ArtCenter College of Design, Carnegie

    Observatories, The Huntington Library, Mount Wilson ObservatoryPasadena
    City College
    , and Shumei Arts Council.

    All but two festival programs are free (Shumei Arts Council’s opening
    reception/tea ceremony on 11/3 and Fulcrum Arts Annual Benefit on


    Emerging in the Renaissance period, the wunderkammer is an
    ancestor of the modern museum. These collections exhibited a wide variety of
    objects and artifacts, and also played a fundamental role in the development of
    modern science. They typically combined natural specimens, proto-scientific
    equipment, and objects representing multiple disciplines, and marked the
    intersection of science, metaphysics, and art.

    The concept of the wunderkammer will expand to embrace arts
    and culture on a civic scale as a means to reimagine the city as its own
    cabinet of curiosities. Often referred to as “The City of Art and Science,”
    Pasadena embodies many of the qualities of a wunderkammer, with an abundance of
    art, science, and faith-based institutions all in close proximity to one
    another. It is through these unique juxtapositions that we hope to foster new
    ways of seeing and thinking about the interrelationships between art, science,
    culture, community, and citizenship.


    A_S Festival: City as Wunderkammer is made possible with the support
    of the National Endowments of the Arts, the Mike Kelley
    Foundation for the Arts
    , the Pasadena Art Alliance, the City of
    Pasadena, and TheEli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

    Many programs run the length of the festival (if not longer). Here are a few
    date-specific events to keep in mind:

    Fri. Nov. 2 • 6:00pm

    AxS Festival: City as Wunderkammer opens at City Hall in Downtown LA by unveiling the Lawrence English: Seirá project.

    Sat. Nov. 3

    Opening Reception for Shumei Arts Council | info

    Mon. Nov. 5

    LASER talk at ArtCenter | info

    Wed. Nov. 7

    Fulcrum Arts Annual Benefit honoring William Basinski and LIGO;
    hosted by The Carnegie Observatories | info

    Fri. Nov. 9

    Wet Closing
    Party at V Gallery, Pasadena City College | info


    Composer William Basinski. Photo courtesy the artist.

    FESTIVAL PROGRAM (as of press release date):

    Nov. 2-11 (daily at dusk)
    Lawrence English: Seirá

    Australian artist Lawrence English will present a
    site-specific public sound artwork that re-appropriates the decommissioned Los
    Angeles Civil Defense System, using its networked topography across the county
    as a means considering sound’s evolving role in the public sphere. Seirá will
    consist of a twelve-minute sound composition by English that will be broadcast
    simultaneously across six of the remaining civil defense sirens across the
    greater Los Angeles area, every day at dusk.


    locations in Los Angeles County


    Nov. 2-11


    Celestial bodies tethered by orbital physics to our solar
    system’s planets, commonly known as moons, comprise a consortium of enticing
    worlds that are rocky, wet, icy, cratered, hot, cold, and puzzling, some of
    whose veneers are textured with mountains, lakes, concealed oceans, valleys,
    volcanoes, geysers, canyons and plains, and have both water and heat to fuel
    tantalizing speculations. Artists and sources contributing to the MOONS exhibition
    include Alternative Moons (Nadine Schlieper & Robert
    ), Carnegie Observatories, Caltech ArchivesKevin
    James GriffithTim Hawkinson, The Huntington
    Library, Melanie KingSarah PerrySteve RodenKarley
    Penelope Umbrico, Mount Wilson Observatories and Jacqueline

    Presented by Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, ArtCenter College of Design.
    The exhibition runs through Dec. 16, 2018.

    Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery
    ArtCenter College of Design – Hillside Campus1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103


    Nov. 2-11
    Phillip K. Smith III Regular/Irregular exhibition

    Claremont Graduate University will present a 2-gallery exhibition of light works by Phillip K. Smith III. The light-emitting sculptures are experiential experiments
    that explore perception as they create physical situations the mind cannot
    immediately grasp. Space expands, time slows, and ideas about infinity come
    into focus.

    Presented by Claremont Graduate University. The entire exhibition runs from
    Oct. 29 – Nov. 16; Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm.

    East and Peggy Phelps Galleries
    Claremont Graduate University – Art Building 

    251 E 10th St, Claremont, CA 91711


    K Smith III “RENDER-Regular” (2018)



    Nov. 2-11 (daily)

    Sunstar is an art/science work by Liliane
    , artist, and John Vallerga, astrophysicist at UC Berkeley
    Space Science Lab. Sunstar is a large-scale and far reaching
    daytime installation sited on the historic 150’ Solar Tower on Mount Wilson.
    Using engineered glass prisms and specially designed code, a spray of
    diffracted sunlight is projected to specific locations, making the solar
    spectrum visible just at the meeting point of earth and sky in the form of a
    sparkling star. Sunstar also aligns conceptually with the
    particular history of the Mount Wilson Observatory, since, its founder, George
    Ellery Hale
     was a solar astronomer and the light spectrum is the
    foundation of astrophysics. On the ground in Pasadena, the projected spectrum
    spans about 250 yards. There will be a timetable that directs the beam to the
    Pasadena locations of all the other festival participants at scheduled times.

    Presented by Mount Wilson Institute

    Citywide – projected onto each festival location (times TBA)

    Sunstar from Mt. Wilson’s
    150′ Solar Tower. Photo courtesy Mount Wilson Institute.


    Nov. 2-11

    Dominique Moody: Our Garden of Dreams

    Dominique Moody‘s Our Garden of Dreams will be a work of assemblage art in the form of a sculptural mobile garden that will include salvaged windows, doors, wheels, bottles and branches on a mobile trailer that will become a part of Side Street Projects’
    fleet of mobile facilities.

    • Workshop: Bottle Bells on Sat. Nov. 3 @ 2:00pm – workshop info

    bySide Street Projects

    Side Street Projects

    Canada Ave., Altadena, CA 91001


    Nov. 2-11 (opening reception Sat. Nov. 3)

    Crafted from the Earth: The Rugged Beauty of Shigaraki Ceramics

    Crafted from the Earth is an exhibition of Shigaraki ware, a rustic Japanese stoneware made near Kyoto
    since the 12th century and deeply admired by tea ceremony
    practitioners and international collectors. The exhibition, curated by Meher
     and featuring exceptional contemporary pieces from Southern
    California private collections, will explore how the science of the clay composition
    and glazing and firing techniques contribute to the rich aesthetic qualities of
    these unique Japanese ceramics.  

    This exhibition is supported by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.

    The opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 3,
    2018 from 2:00 to 5:00pm.

    Traditional Japanese tea ceremony demonstrations incorporating high-quality Shigaraki tea
    bowls will be held at 3:00pm and 4:00pm at a cost of $10 per person, and will include
    handmade, organic wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets). RSVPs
    are required and can be made by calling the Shumei Hall at 626-584-8841.

    Presented byShumei Arts Council

    Shumei Hall

    2430 E. Colorado Blvd,
    Pasadena, CA 91107


    2 – 11


    Wet is a collaborative video installation exploring the scientific and poetic aspects
    of water from a multiplicity of perspectives. The project will feature creative
    research by Pasadena City College students of the Art Science Studio, a special
    course being offered in conjunction with the AxS festival, led by instructor Christopher
    . Through a series of performance lectures, each student will focus
    on a specific topic related to the science of water. They myriad styles and tones
    reflect the liquid nature of the topic, creating an at times humorous, at times
    tragic, at times sublime experience of water, the most crucial ingredient in
    the chemistry of life.

    Closing Party: Fri. Nov. 9

    Presented by Pasadena City College

    V Gallery, Pasadena City College
    E. Colorado Blvd.
    CA 91106



    Mon. Nov. 5, (7:00-9:00pm)

    LASER Talk (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) – artist talk and performance

    Fulcrum Arts and the Williamson Gallery will present a LASER Talk in
    conjunction with the AxS Festival and the MOONS exhibition.
    LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talks is an international
    program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for
    informal presentations and conversations. LASER Talks were founded by Leonardo,
    a nonprofit organization that serves the global network of distinguished
    scholars, artists, scientists, researchers and thinkers, which focus on
    interdisciplinary work, creative output and innovation. The AxS LASER
    event will feature a sound performance by artist and musician Steve
    Cindy Hunt on treasures in the Carnegie Archive; Lia
     on her astronomy series; Dan Lewis on the
    art/science of ornithology; and Peter Callopy on treasures in
    the Caltech Archive.

    Presented byAlyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, ArtCenter College
    of Design and Fulcrum Arts

    Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery

    ArtCenter College of Design – Hillside Campus

    1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103


    Mon. Nov. 5 @ 7:00pm

    Nick Payne: Constellations

    A Noise Within resident artists present a staged reading of Nick Payne’s Constellations,
    directed by Apollo Dukakis.  Can one word alter the course of
    your life? Through a dizzying fugue of vignettes, audiences watch as Marianne (Erika
    ) and Roland (Rafael Goldstein)’s relationship unfolds across
    time and space, with each variation sending their relationship on an entirely
    new trajectory. Science and romance collide in this unusual love story that had
    the New York Times saying, “Who knew that higher physics could
    be so sexy, so accessible — and so emotionally devastating? It may be the most
    sophisticated date play Broadway has seen.”

    Before the reading there will be a discussion featuring the artists and our
    resident professor for the event, Dr. Charles Sebens from
    Caltech! Check out his bio here.

    Presentedby A Noise Within



    A Noise Within

    3352 E Foothill Blvd.,

    Pasadena, CA 91107

    A Noise
    Within. Photo credit: Shawn Harris.
    Tue. Nov. 6 (2:30-4:00pm)Election Day Parade:Grand Buddha Marching Band
    On Election Day, Elana Mann will stage a performance of the
    feminist experimental composer Pauline Oliveros’ (1932-2016) Grand
    Buddha Marching Band
     in collaboration with art students from Pitzer
    College and Claremont Graduate University (CGU). Performers will convene on
    Mudd Quadrangle adjacent to Claremont Graduate University’s Art Department.
    This performance is held in conjunction with Elana Mann’s exhibition: Instruments
    of Accountability
     (on view at Pitzer College Art Galleries through

    Dec. 8; learn more here), which traces the
    relationship of early listening devices to modern-day protest movements in
    order to amplify public dissent. Mann references the seventeenth-century
    listening and speaking devices fabricated by Renaissance scholar Athanasius
    Kircher, as well as the Mega-Kazoo-Horn, made by Charles Chase (1914-2004), in
    the late 1970s to use during May Day parades.
    Presented by Pitzer College Art GalleriesLocation:
    Pitzer College Art Galleries
    Broad Center
    1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, CA 91711



    Wed. Nov. 7 (6:00-9:00pm)

    Fulcrum Arts Annual Benefit

    • Honorees: William Basinski and LIGO

    Fulcrum Arts’ 2018
    annual benefit will honor composer William Basinski and The Laser
    Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), Caltech. The event will
    feature the world premiere performance from Selva Oscura, the
    new album from Basinski and Lawrence English, a new collaborative work.

    Patron gifts begin at $1,000. Tickets are $150 in advance
    (purchase here) or $200 at the door.


    The Carnegie Observatories

    813 Santa Barbara St.,

    Pasadena, CA 91101


    Fri. Nov. 9
    Wet – Closing Party

    See Wet description above (exhibit runs Nov. 2 – 11)

    V Gallery, Pasadena City College
    1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
    Pasadena, CA 91106



    A B O U T:

    Fulcrum Arts

    Based in Pasadena, California, Fulcrum Arts empowers artists
    to invent, inspire, and provoke. The 501(c)(3) provides resources and
    opportunities for artists, collectives, and independent arts organizations to
    advance their visions and contribute to a vibrant, challenging, and inclusive
    creative community. The nonprofit advances the fields of art and science to
    impact culture on a national level through exhibitions, partnerships,
    interdisciplinary symposia and convenings, and residencies.

    Fulcrum Arts is the new incarnation of
    Pasadena Arts Council (PAC), an art service organization originally formed in
    1964 to provide resources, communication services and other support to artists,
    cultural organizations, audiences and visitors throughout the Pasadena area. As
    the first umbrella arts organization chartered in California, Pasadena Arts
    Council received its non-profit status in 1968.

    • Fulcrum Arts – https://www.fulcrumarts.org

    • A_S Festival: City as Wunderkammer – https://axsfestival.org

    • Fulcrum Arts Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/fulcrumarts

    • Fulcrum Arts Twitter – https://twitter.com/Fulcrum_Arts

    • Fulcrum Arts Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/fulcrumarts

    • A_S Festival Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AxSfestival

    • A_S Festival Twitter – https://twitter.com/axsFestival

    • A_S Festival Flickr- https://www.flickr.com/photos/axsfestival

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    Executive and Artistic Director Fulcrum Arts, or any of the artists, or to
    request press passes, please contact Green Galactic’s Lynn Tejada at 213-840-1201
    or lynn@greengalactic.com.


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