EVERYBODY! COME STAND ON THE ALTAR!

OPENING FRIDAY, MAY 13
MAY 13 to 28, 2016

A collaboration between PSSST and Anna Betbeze, Jesse Fleming, Luis Flores, Deana Lawson, Keaton Macon, K.r.m. Mooney, Litia Perta, Barb Smith, and Dorian Wood.

EVERYBODY! COME STAND ON THE ALTAR!, the inaugural activation of PSSST, is a performance of materials. It is an invitation to engage in an immersive constellation of objects, sounds, images, language, and lighting.

In the first instant of a theatrical encounter, there is space for abstraction, empathy even, as we begin to ask questions, as we begin to focus. Lights go off and on, sounds overwhelm then recede. Our eyes adjust, if we are sitting, our bodies may sink–we fidget because the feeling is powerful and the space before a beginning is open. In this diffuse moment, we are enraptured by a series of relationships that unfold—things we have seen before, fragments of fantasies and projections, known objects taking different forms. Instinctively, we silence ourselves, we long to know more, we wait for catharsis.

Each work calls for, begs for, a delicate attention. When woven together with bodies in space, PSSST believes that a decentralized sacred space can emerge. There is a stage. There is no stage. The stage is always changing. Come stand on the altar.

EDGES OF CHAOS: PROMOTING MADNESS AND DISSENT IN THE 90'S

A SERIES OF EVENTS CURATED BY GUADALUPE ROSALES & ADRIAN RIVAS
JUNE 1 to 4, 2016

During her residency at Self Help Graphics, Rosales began an ongoing archival project called "Map Points." At PSSST, she continues to work on this project developing an archive of photographs, objects and ephemera related the 90's SoCal Latino party crew scene. Rosales begins her residency with four days of events, co-curated with Adrian Rivas, including an artist talk, screenings, readings and a dance party. On the first day, Rosales and Rivas will discuss their interests as artists, archivists, activists and curators, including Rosales' artistic practice and projects. On the second night, there will be a screening of films the curators find inspirational and relevant to their work. The third evening, participants are invited to read excerpts of their teenage diaries, to be followed by a screening of rave and party events from the 90's. The series will culminate in a dance party, highlighting DJ's and their role in the cultural zeitgeist. Throughout the four days, Rosales' will open her studio to anyone who wants to learn about her current projects and residency.

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
GUADALUPE ROSALES

MAY 2016 TO MARCH 2017

PSSST is pleased to announce Guadalupe Rosales as the first artist-in-residence for the Local Residency Program. Rosales will use the residency to further develop an ongoing, living archive of 1990’s Los Angeles Chicano party crew memorabilia collected from PSSST’s surrounding neighborhood, Boyle Heights. Rosales’ goal is to represent and humanize a subculture that has previously been under-documented. Her research and archive, related programming, and exhibition in January of 2017 will activate PSSST as a site where community members and artists can contribute, reflect, and engage through historic and contemporary materials.