Family with Bitter Party @ 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica [26 August]

Family with Bitter Party

19:00 - 22:00

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18th Street Arts Center
1639 18th St, Santa Monica, California 90404
Join LA-based artist Nicole Rademacher and her guests for a series of storytelling workshops and an evolving exhibition in the summer of 2017, originally designed to empower adopted and fostered people — but now extended to artists who feel marginalized — to create and record their unique histories.

Family with Bitter Party

This workshop will focus on the concept of family as it relates to the experiences of Bitter Party members as queer, trans, and non-binary gender. The band shares their stories as songs. Participants create stories in groups. Then individually they will each create visuals by drawing, tracing, collaging, etc. that illustrates something from the collective story, i.e. a character, the plot, the resolution, a problem along the way. Artworks created will be source materials of the band's future songwriting projects and exhibited throughout the duration of the exhibition, and decks of divination cards to be used with future iterations of the workshops will be produced. Please RSVP, space is limited.


As a Los Angeles-based transracial Mexican-American adoptee artist Nicole Rademacher considers material such as gesture, space, and object as cultural artifacts in her largely image-based practice. Lately, Rademacher has begun to facilitate workshops with the adoptee community. She builds works collaboratively creating space to discuss meanings and examine the relationships between the bits and pieces as a way of describing alienation, belonging, intimacy, and identity.

The series of 90-minute Origin Stories Workshops consists of participants collaboratively creating a story using visual prompts. Using the story as inspiration, each participant creates at least one card (by drawing, tracing, collaging) that visually illustrates something from the collective story, i.e. a character, the plot, the resolution, a problem along the way. The series of workshops therefore creates sets of cards reflecting not only imagined past stories, but also future stories and remembered stories; stories that have been passed down in their families. The cards are exhibited, and in this way the exhibition progressively builds through the workshops. Learn more about Nicole at


Bitter Party is a Los Angeles-based ghost pop band inspired by war-era music and the melancholy of life. Immersing themselves in the rich repertoire of folk, pop, and obscure tunes from Asia, their performance references the music in each of their respective pasts through dusty tapes, songbooks, vinyls, and YouTube channels. Learn more at
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