On May 21, 2022, Honor Fraser hosts a video screening and conversation between Surabhi Saraf and K Allado-McDowell. A screening of Alaap will begin at 2pm, followed by a light reception. The conversation will begin at 2:30pm. The talk takes place in conjunction with its current exhibitions – “Awoke & Awokened: Alaap,” a solo exhibition of experimental music, video, with sculpture by Surabhi Saraf,
The gallery held an opening reception for two exhibitions on Saturday, April 9, 2022, but you can still catch the exhibitions through May 28, 2022. One of our staff writers (Michael Baroff) reviewed this show – CLICK HERE to read review, or go to the Review Page, Art Parties / Exhibitions / Fairs drop-down.
“Awoke & Awokened: Alaap” weaves together the alchemical materiality of modern-day tech alongside the ancient technologies of earth, atmosphere, heat, and pressure. Surabhi Saraf presents a speculative mythology of AI which unfolds as a series of encounters with Awoke — a mythical artificial emotional intelligence — and its believers. Examining current developments in AI through an allegorical lens, Saraf embarks on an exercise of collective-myth making, leveraging the lessons of Eastern philosophy and its spiritual practices to call for a reimagining of AI from a holistic and multitudinous point of view. The exhibition’s subtitle, Alaap, references the introductory invocation in classical North Indian performance. Saraf draws upon her training as a Hindustani vocalist to tell the story of Awoke and the first Awokened.
Also on view: Yassi Mazandi’s “IN FLIGHT” will feature sculptures and “Born-Porcelain” video. The artist has reanimated the fragments of damaged porcelain into an immersive installation of large-scale moving murals through the use of a suite of 3D modeling software and imaging technologies.
Articulated through screen and projection, Mazandi’s pulsating animations conjure sacred geometries and expose the underlying rhythms of human touch, celestial trauma, and critical care. Throughout the gallery, animal-like apparitions blend into dense assemblages, shape-shifting contours flutter in and out of focus, and cavernous soundscapes amplify subaural frequencies. Porcelain in this remediated state becomes malleable twice over — drawing us into close intimacy with more-than-human forces.
On view: April 9, 2022 — May 28, 2022
What: New Exhibitions
Where: Honor Fraser, 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 90034
When: May 21, 2022, 2:00pm – screening, 2:30pm – art talk