Single Wing Turquoise Bird

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    Los Angeles Filmforum and the UCLA Design Media Arts Department present Single Wing Turquoise Bird in performance with musicians Miroslav Tadic and Friends in two evenings of real-time projection and live music on January 25 and 26 in the EDA of the Broad Arts Center, UCLA.  As part of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, Single Wing Turquoise Bird returns to expand your senses and blow your mind! 

    NOTE: Due to the two scheduled performances selling out, an additional performance has been added at 11PM on January 26th!   Doors open at 10.30.

    Venue info:
    Experimental Digital Arts (EDA)
    Broad Art Center
    240 Charles E. Young Drive, Room 1250
    Los Angeles, CA 90095

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    Also see map below for where to entrance parking and the location of the building.
    Parking is $11 all day, and is available in structure 3, adjacent to the building.
    For more information, call 310.825.9007.

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    β€œβ€¦at Venice California, I had seen the light show by the "Single Wing Turquoise Bird.” Like a thousand modern paintings flowing and sparkling, alive and dynamic, of incredible richness, a death blow to painting in frames, stills.”
    --Anais Nin, 1968
    From The Diary of Anais Nin, Volume 7 (1966-1974), Page 74

    Single Wing Turquoise Bird was the most significant light show in Los Angeles from 1967 to 1975, a "collective improvisation performance group" that used film, slide, and liquid projections to marry the artistic possibilities of music, painting, and moving images. SWTB first played behind bands such as Cream, The Velvet Underground, Sly and the Family Stone, Pink Floyd, The Who and The Grateful Dead.  In addition to working in large rock concert venues, the group conducted performances in more intimate spaces such as the Cinematheque 16, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the CMF loft above the Fox Venice Theater. In these smaller venues they were able to expand the range of music they worked with to include recordings by composers such as Steve Reich, Terry Riley, LaMonte Young, Pauline Oliveros, and John Cage.

    During the past three years Single Wing Turquoise Bird has re-formed to rehearse, perform, and record new work. Several of the original group, Larry Janss, David Lebrun, Peter Mays, Jeffrey Perkins, and Michael Scroggins are joined by new members Amy Halpern, Shayne Hood, and Mike Pfau.  Their performances are as dynamic and transcendent as ever! 

    Performances are Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm and Thursday, January  26, 2012 at 8:30 pm and 11:00 pm at the Experimental Digital Arts Room in the Broad Arts Center, UCLA.   Admission is $12 general, $7 students/seniors with ID, and free for Filmforum members and the UCLA community (students & faculty). To reserve a ticket for either date, visit Brown Paper Tickets and select the correct date and time:

    Wed Jan 25 or Thurs Jan 26


    Single Wing Turquoise Bird is part of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, which is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.  Los Angeles was a key international birthplace of performance art.  Engaging the innovative spirit of that period and LA's vibrant  contemporary art scene, the Performance and Public Art Festival  will transform Southern California over eleven days (January 19-29, 2012) during Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.
    Featuring more than 30 major performances and large-scale outdoor projects, the festival will include new commissions, reinventions, and restagings inspired by the radical and trailblazing public and performance works that were created by artists during the Pacific Standard Time era. Performances and projects will be located at institutions and sites throughout Southern California, in close proximity to more than two dozen Pacific Standard Time exhibitions.
    The festival is organized by the Getty Research Institute and LA><ART; support is provided by the Getty Foundation.

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    Additional support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.  

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