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Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles
917 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, California 90013
Artbook at Hauser & Wirth is pleased to present Out of the Hat, a reading series for just two Fridays in August where various artists, writers, dancers, poets, and theoreticians will share—and be called—to the stage through an old adage of chance: the pulling of names out of a hat.
Poetics, theories on sleep, movement and narratives will share the stage at Artbook beginning with a stellar line up on Friday August 4th with Tosh Berman, an. cinquemani, Leslie Dick and Marsie Scharlatt. This line up will then be followed up by another stellar line up on Friday August 25th with Evan Burrows, Michael Kennedy Costa, Simone Forti, Michael Ned Holte and Matias Viegener.
The event will be facilitated by Brigitte Nicole Grice and Ravenne Swanner and hosted by Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles.
Tosh Berman is a writer and publisher. As the publisher of TamTam Books, he published books by Boris Vian, Serge Gainsbourg, Guy Debord, Jacques Mesrine, Ron Mael & Russell Mael (Sparks) and Lun*na Menoh. As a writer he wrote a memoir/travel journal/ music critique «Sparks-Tastic,» (Barnacle Books) a book of poems «The Plum in Mr. Blum's Pudding (Penny-Ante),» and a forthcoming childhood memoir of life with artist father Wallace Berman «Beat Boy» (City Lights Books).
Dan Bustillo is a host and member of the Best Friends Learning Gang and a facilitator of L.A. based Cryptoparties. Through their writing and workshops, they investigate power dynamics and surveillance culture.
Leslie Dick is a writer and critic living in Los Angeles. She was full-time Critic in Sculpture at Yale School of Art for the academic year 2016-17. Leslie Dick is currently Co-Director of the Art Program at CalArts, where she has taught since 1992.
Marsie Scharlatt is a poet and playwright who worked as a book editor and dramaturge and practiced psychotherapy in Los Angeles for many years. She is the sister of the late feminist conceptual artist Hannah Wilke, and their book, A Breathed Yes, a compilation of Scharlatt’s poetry and Wilke’s art, was published by The March press this year. She has been Director of the Hannah Wilke Collection & Archive, Los Angeles, since 1999. She is currently writing a memoir about Hannah Wilke, herself, and their family.
Evan Burrows is a poet and musician who lives in Los Angeles.
Michael Kennedy Costa lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011. He has recently exhibited at 67 Steps in Los Angeles, Chapman University in Orange, Jonathan Hopson Gallery in Houston, and Bikini Wax in Mexico City. He has also recently given readings at Motel Gallery in Brooklyn, Chin’s Push in Los Angeles, and Central Park Gallery in Los Angeles.
Simone Forti is a dancer, artist and writer based in Los Angeles. Her early “Dance Constructions” were influential in the reinventing of dance that took place in New York in the 1960s and 70s. Over the years Forti has developed movement vocabularies based on studies of animals movements, of the dynamics of circling, and of the synergy between moving and speaking as in her improvisational “News Animations”. Forti’s book Handbook in Motion was published in 1974 by the Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Distributed by Contact Editions contactquarterly.com). Her book Oh, Tongue was edited and published by Fred Dewey for Beyond Baroque Books, in 2003. Forti is represented by The Box LA Gallery.
Michael Ned Holte is a writer, independent curator, and co-director of the Art Program at CalArts. A frequent contributor to Artforum International, his texts have also appeared in print and online periodicals such as Afterall, Art Journal, The Brooklyn Rail, East of Borneo, Pin-Up, and X-Tra.
Matias Viegener is a writer, artist, and critic working solo and collaboratively in the fields of writing, visual art, and social practice. He is the author of 2500 Random Things About Me Too, a book of experimental non-fiction, hailed as the first book written through Facebook. In 2004 he co-founded Fallen Fruit, a participatory art practice focusing on fruit, urban space and public life, with whom he worked for nearly a decade. He is the editor and co-translator of Georges Batailles’ The Trial of Gilles de Rais. As literary executor for the writer Kathy Acker, he has written and lectured extensively on her work, and recently edited her correspondence with McKenzie Wark, I’m Very Into You (Semiotext(e) He teaches at CalArts and is the recipient of a 2013 Creative Capital Grant.