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Los Angeles & Desert

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Traveling after images: Across the desert. Under the light. Into the concrete jungle. Join Where About Now as we explore the unexpected, the real, and the surreal across southern California’s Los Angeles region. The extensive twelve-day trip will give travellers an in-depth look into the blossoming contemporary art scene in and around this west coast urban center. Dividing our time between city and desert, we will take the time to absorb and appreciate the extraordinary light, color, and nature that are so unique to the region. We will examine these elemental and atmospheric phenomena as the antipodes to the glam, the highways, and the institutions for which the city is known. Beyond the city’s central highlights, we will find a strong-willed art scene, something that leads above the concrete jungle, into a more natural and spiritual context, triggered by the extraordinary light.

The Californian Ideology. As our mental departure point, we will take the historic moment following the release of the NASA images of the blue planet--an icon of the post-war era, which powerfully illustrated the fragility of the earth, the smallness of humans, and the universal dimensions of their dreams. These images in part inspired an alliance formed in the 1960s and 1970s between hippies and cyberneticians, nature romantics and technology freaks, and between psychedelia and computer culture in Los Angeles, which were to become known as "Californian Ideology."

From urban spatiality to off spaces. Los Angeles and its environs are a unique example of urban space where a mix of meticulous planning and wild growth have come together to produce dense, in-between spaces unlike those in other cities. Between utopia and dystopia, we will be exploring these aspects of urban and architectural history as they relate to societal developments and urban imaginaries, as well as their connections to contemporary art. With local hosts, we will consider the influences of migration on the region, learning about how Mexican cultural and architectural traditions are intertwined with mid-century modern European design to shape the city’s appearance today. Which traces of the past does one see in the art and culture of Los Angeles today? And how does the city structure, its surrounding nature, and its history affect places and people – in terms of organisations and community, distances, size, mentality etc. – and the work they create?

For us, Los Angeles will be more than Hollywood, a bit like movies, less than expected. What is your approach to Los Angeles and the greater area? How would you challenge the impression we have from a place that we virtually know through its stark representation in the movie industry and at times carries the heritage from the rising atmosphere of the 60s and 70s? Traveling after images: Let the images allow you to travel.

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