Walking Into Walls (And Curtains), by Asher Hartman

Monday, April 29, 6:00-9:00 pm

At Cannonball, 1035 North Miami Avenue, Suite 200, Miami, FL 33136
Free and open to all

Cannonball (Miami, FL) and Machine Project (Los Angeles, CA) are thrilled to announce a one-day workshop by artist Asher Hartman. Free and open to the public, Walking into Walls (and Curtains) is a workshop of actors and visual artists interested in stirring up new ideas about “live art.”

We will collectively ponder and perform questions about the ways in which the coupling of actor and artist can spark new ideas about the relationships between the being and the object; space, place and text; seeing and sensing, making and witnessing. Our goal is to rethink the ways in which crossing disciplinary boundaries can widen the sight lines of live art.

The fine print: without making a grand distinction between performance art and theater, we may consider spoken texts, naturalistic and other acting techniques, and blocking and choreography, meditation, and energy work as useful tools, and we will be thinking about concepts of audience and stage. Everyone will perform.

Hartman’s workshop and public performance, “The Florida Room,” are part of a new collaboration between Cannonball and Machine Project, offering three Los Angeles-based artists research residencies at Cannonball and the resources to create new performance-based works in response to Miami. Participating artists include Corey Fogel, Asher Hartman, and Juliana Snapper. This collaborative project is generously supported, in part, by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Asher Hartman is an interdisciplinary artist, independent curator, and psychic based in Los Angeles. His practice centers on the exploration of the self in relation to Western histories and ideologies. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Beijing Open Performance Festival, Beijing; Hayward Gallery, London; Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila; Recontres International, Paris and Berlin; Torrance Art Museum, CA; MIX, New York; London Underground Film Fest and Images, UK; and in a number of Los Angeles venues including Machine Project, LACE, Sea and Space Exhibitions, Monte Vista Projects, Human Resources, and The Hammer Museum.

Hartman received his BA from University of California, Los Angeles, and his MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia.

Machine Project is an informal, non-profit, educational institution located in a storefront space in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Consisting of a loose group of artist/performer collaborators, Machine Project hosts a variety of events—scientific talks, poetry readings, musical performances, competitions, group naps, and cheese tastings—and educational workshops exploring electronics, sewing, pickling, computer programming, and car theft, among other topics.