Astral Projections contends with the potentials, failures and qualities of grief that are produced through the trauma of the everyday. The project considers ways through ways that mundane states of grief becomes coded, felt out, discovered, and moved through. The publication contains a series of cell phone photographs and emails used to communicate passing moments and writing by the artist. Astral projections is printed by risograph and xerography, produced in conjunction with an art exhibition.
LACA Course Reader III
The third and newest iteration of the LACA course reader focuses on marginalized groups left out of the the archive and implementing ethical strategies for archivists.
Ephemera as Evidence
Introductory Notes to Queer Acts
From Human Rights to Feminist Ethics – Radical Empathy in Archives
Reflexive Sociology Paris Workshop
Monica Rodriguez – Las Antillas para los Antillanos
Las Antillas para los Antillanos considers Puerto Rican nationalist Ramon Emeterio Betances’ call – Antilles for the Antilleans – for the foundation of the Antillean Federation to proclaim the independence of the Caribbean countries. The project is a collective of material contributions by Caribbean artists and other cultural producers. A selection of material contributions from the projects first iteration is now housed at Los Angeles Contemporary Archives (LACA).$
Prima Sakuntabhai – L.E.H.M.
Published in conjunction with a performative lecture, L.E.H.M. (Le Corbusier Entering Hadrian’s Mausoleum, 1965).
A narrator with an ambiguous accent and gender identity weaves together disparate facts in a performative lecture. The narrator uses three overhead projectors and collages of various architectural elements on transparency to illustrate the story. Central subjects of the presentation are two cylindrical structures built two thousand years and six hundred miles apart; Emperor Hadrian’s Mausoleum in Rome (135 AD) and Le Corbusier’s Obus Plans for Algiers (1933-1942). Jorge Luis Borges states in “The Circular Ruins” that the circle is a site for a man to procreate another man. Through the cipher of architecture the narrator draws a through-line between classical and modernist thought as material evidence of westward expansion and colonial conquest. The narrative is framed by the death and internment of the father of modernism as well as the plans for his final project, which was designed for Algeria, the final resting point of Hadrian’s conquest of the East.
Mirrors, which typically produce a crisp static image for the overhead projectors are used to duplicate and distort the projections. The narrator introduces hand-held external mirrors to embody a reversal of the reflected images. Projected light moves across walls, ceiling, and floor and occasionally breaks out of the bounds of the architecture to the street level. The narrator holds the act of reflection in their hands, both in the physical use of mirrors and in the allegorical conveyance of ideas. This challenges the legacy of the West seeing itself through “the other” and questions who can claim ownership and inheritance of classical and modernist thought.
Prima Jalichandra-Sakuntabhai lives and works in Los Angeles.
Edition of 100.$
Autonomous Oral History Group Vinyl: Oral History of Young Chung and Patricia Fernández
Oral history of Patricia Fernández Carcedo and Young Chung by Autonomous Oral History Group founder Hailey Loman. AOHG is a cooperative examining ethics operating in leadership roles.
All interviews, recordings, transcriptions and ephemera collected during the process are assembled and made accessible as an oral history collection.
Produced on the occasion of Box (a proposition for 10 years) at Commonwealth and Council.$