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LAVA Sunday Salon - Lost Tunnels of Hill Street
August 28, 2016

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28th, 2016 | 12-2PM

GRAND CENTRAL MARKET LOWER LEVEL

On the last Sunday of each month during the hours of noon-2pm, LAVA welcomes interested individuals to gather in downtown Los Angeles for a loosely structured conversational Salon featuring short presentations and opportunities to meet and connect with one another. If you’re interested in joining LAVA as a creative contributor or an attendee, we recommend Salon attendance as an introduction to this growing community.

This month's focus is on Electronic Music, and the sub-genre known as Circuit Bending. Circuit Bending is the creative rewiring of pre-existing circuits to make new media. Often these circuits are found in inexpensive children’s toys and “obsolete” devices. Important aspects of Circuit Bending are the D.I.Y (Do It Yourself) autodidactic nature of immediate exploration into new electronic sounds and the ability to engage in instrument building without the need for an electrical engineering degree. The artists presenting today, Andy BenJeff Boynton and Mona Jean Cedar, explore the implications of Circuit Bending through a variety of contexts, including performance, documentary video and education.

For Mona Jean Cedar (poet, dancer and sign language interpreter) and Jeff Boynton (electronic musician), “Circuitry and Poetry” arose out of a desire to create collaborative artwork. Jeff’s initial impulse was to create interactive electronic instruments that would respond to Mona’s hand and body movements. This did not happen immediately due to the steep learning curve of electronics, but it led to the discovery of the “black art” of Circuit Bending. This was the jumping off point, and eventually Jeff was able to develop interfaces that would allow Circuit Bent instruments to respond to light, sound and movement. Mona had already been creating work in which poetry and movement was composed specifically for how well they will work with sign language. Presenter Andy Ben is a musician and technologist and film maker who is interested in the digital convergence and post consumer culture.

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About LAVA

LAVA is the key to the secret Los Angeles you’ve been looking for (or helping to create), and for making connections with people who share your passions and sensibilities. Through participation in LAVA, creative Angelenos come together to provide cultural programming that speaks to the urban experience, and contributes to the creation of that rare thing: positive public space.

Formed by social historians Kim Cooper and Richard Schave, proprietors of Esotouric bus adventures and the 1947project series of time travel blogs, LAVA brings together the most intriguing creative promoters, artists, writers and thinkers in Los Angeles, sharing their visions for making a better city. Not virtually, though you’ll want to explore our online calendar, but in frequent gatherings of living, breathing, talking human beings, held in select locations all around the town.

Follow LAVA’s path to find friends you might otherwise never meet. Move through the city, exploring LAVAhappenings and sharing your feedback. LAVA exists to cultivate connections that will excite, inspire and transform the city and its citizens. Our creative partners share a love for L.A. and a unique vision for how to express and explore that love in their work. LAVA transforms, and its audience transform LAVA.

 

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