PSSST RESIDENCIES

PSSST hosts three residencies–Inter/National, Local and Rehearsal. With these residencies, PSSST cultivates an open and dialogue-rich incubator in which artists are relieved from the common pressures associated with economies of art production. By valuing process, community, and curiosity, PSSST believes artists can create new models of sustainability and exchange. Artists are more likely to take risks, experiment, and engage in fulfilling modes of inquiry when provided the time, space, and funding to explore without the expectations of creating final products. PSSST actively works with underrepresented artists—women, people of color, LGBTQ-identified.

Artists-in-Residence integrating into the PSSST community are introduced to–and help to create–networks of artists both within Los Angeles and beyond. Artists-in-Residence create public programming at PSSST by developing small and inquiry-rich workshops that provide participants with a deeper investigation into their own practice. Artists-in-Residence extend the formal potentials of their work through the use of PSSST’s unique Exhibition/Performance Space (E/PS), which synthesizes the qualities of a traditional gallery, music venue, black box theater, and dance studio. At PSSST, artists are asked to investigate concepts and ideas that they may not otherwise have space to explore.

MAIN EXHIBITION/PERFORMANCE SPACE (E/PS)

PSSST strives to create ideal conditions for experimental work to emerge. We have designed an as-sensitive-as-possible interface between meta-worlds of audio, video, lighting and architecture and the human world of bodies, people and community. All systems are modeled for accessibility, allowing artists to control their own projects without the mediation of specialists.

Featuring a fully-sprung floor, modular sound and video system, and a grid-based truss infrastructure, PSSST is adaptable to multiple media. With complete lighting control, the space can be presented as typical white-box gallery space with natural and artificial lighting or completely blacked-out for film or theatrical works. The E/PS opens out onto a 500-square-foot concrete patio. The indoor/outdoor permeability allows the patio to function as an extension of the main space or as a distinct platform.

PSSST is outfitted with loudspeakers, projectors, cameras, microphones and DMX-controlled lighting, as well as the technology for artists to compose easily and expediently with these tools. The building is networked as a multi-directional facility—an audio or video signal can originate from or be directed to all 90+ nodes. The infrastructure affords participants the flexibility and precision to cultivate a broad range of public activities as well as a nearly broadcast-ready scenario for production and documentation of radical work. With its dynamic A/V framework, PSSST can be transformed into a gallery, concert hall, dance venue, theater, production studio, or disco.


INTER / NATIONAL RESIDENCY:

The Inter/National Residency serves non-Los Angeles-based artists working in performance, new genres, writing, sound/music, film/video and integrated medias. Each residency runs four to six weeks, and PSSST provides Artists-in-Residence with a 400-square-foot live/work studio, stipend, paid travel expenses, and approximately 40 hrs/per week of scheduled time in the (E/PS.) While in residence, artists are expected to engage with communities in and around PSSST through a public workshop that fits within the workings of their practice.

The Inter/National resident has 24-hour use of the live/work studio and all communal spaces (i.e. kitchen and patio) for the duration of the residency. Throughout the residency, the Inter/National Resident will be integrated into the PSSST community of staff, artists, residents, and community members through the use of the shared communal spaces, group cleaning dates, and family-style meals and outings.

WORKSHOPS

Part of the responsibilities of the resident is to determine ways to engage deeper with their artistic practice while building intentional communities. PSSST believes that the modes for these types of engagements will vary to suit the needs of each individual resident, and expect residents to produce one workshop while at PSSST. Workshops are approximately 4-hours long, and provide a group of participants with new tools, questions, or modalities that directly relate to the resident’s practice. The workshops are intended to encourage the resident to explore concepts or concerns that suits their current questions or interests while providing new information for attendees.

USE OF MAIN EXHIBITION/PERFORMANCE SPACE

The Resident can schedule use of the E/PS for up to 40 hours per week. As the E/PS is the only access point between the front office and patio and the kitchen and studios, PSSST staff and other residents require unrestricted access to the E/PS as a walkway. Should the Resident require restricted use and/or complete privacy when using the E/PS, the Resident will schedule these hours with PSSST staff in advance. PSSST may schedule programming in the E/PS while the artist is in residence. PSSST will inform artist with advance notice to assure scheduling works for all parties.

Residents have full access to all technology available at PSSST, which includes the complete A/V system–cameras, audio equipment, speakers, and lighting. PSSST works with residents to determine what is needed regarding assistance for rehearsals and public programming. Before the beginning of the residency, PSSST and the resident will develop an overview of the resident’s tech needs and determine an agreed upon level of assistance.  


LOCAL STUDIO RESIDENCY

The Local Studio Residency provides Los Angeles-based artists a three-month, rent-free 400 sqft studio. Open to artists working in a variety of mediums, in addition to their own private studio, the artist will also have access to the main Exhibition/Performance space. While in residence, artists are expected to engage with the communities in and around PSSST through two public workshops that fits within the interests of their specific practice.

The resident has 24-hour use of the studio and all communal spaces (i.e. kitchen and patio) for the duration of the residency. Throughout the residency, the Local Resident will be integrated into the PSSST community of staff, artists, residents, and community members through the use of the shared communal spaces, group cleaning dates, and family-style meals and outings. Most PSSST meetings (e.g. staff, donors, artists) are held in the communal kitchen area, it can be made available exclusively to the resident if scheduled in-advance.

WORKSHOPS

Part of the responsibilities of the resident is to determine ways to engage deeper with their artistic practice while building intentional communities. PSSST believes that the modes for these types of engagements will vary to suit the needs of each individual resident, and expect residents to produce two workshops while at PSSST. Workshops are approximately 4-hours long, and provide a group of participants with new tools, questions, or modalities that directly relate to the resident’s practice. The workshops are intended to encourage the resident to explore concepts or concerns that suits their current questions or interests while providing new information for attendees.

USE OF MAIN EXHIBITION/PERFORMANCE SPACE

The Resident can schedule use of the E/PS for up to 10 hours per week. As the E/PS is the only access point between the front office and patio and the kitchen and studios, PSSST staff and other residents require unrestricted access to the E/PS as a walkway. Should the Resident require restricted use and/or complete privacy when using the E/PS, the Resident will schedule these hours with PSSST staff in advance. PSSST may schedule programming in the E/PS while the artist is in residence. PSSST will inform artist with advance notice to assure scheduling works for all parties.

Residents have full access to all technology available at PSSST, which includes the complete A/V system–cameras, audio equipment, speakers, and lighting. PSSST works with residents to determine what is needed regarding assistance for rehearsals and public programming. Before the beginning of the residency, PSSST and the resident will develop an overview of the resident’s tech needs and determine an agreed upon level of assistance.


REHEARSAL RESIDENCY

The PSSST Rehearsal Residency provides the artists/performers, dancers, and collectives with 10 hours of rehearsal time per week in the Exhibition/Performance Space (E/PS) for three consecutive months. Dedicated to performance-based artists working in Los Angeles, the residency culminates in one workshop or in-process showing.

The Rehearsal Resident has access to all communal spaces (i.e. kitchen and patio) for the duration of the residency. Throughout the residency, the Rehearsal Resident will be integrated into the PSSST community of staff, artists, residents, and community members through the use of the shared communal spaces, group cleaning dates, and family-style meals and outings. Most PSSST meetings (e.g. staff, donors, artists) are held in the communal kitchen area, it can be made available exclusively to the resident if scheduled in-advance.

WORKSHOPS

Part of the responsibilities of the resident is to determine ways to engage deeper with artistic practice and intentional communities while at PSSST. PSSST believes that the modes for these types of engagements will vary to suit the needs of each individual resident, and expect residents to produce one workshop or showing at the end of their residency. Workshops are approximately 4-hours long, and provide a group of participants with new tools, questions, or modalities of which directly relate to the resident’s practice. Ideally, these workshop will help the resident artist explore concepts or concerns that the suites the AIR’s current questions or interests while simultaneously providing new information for attendees.

USE OF MAIN EXHIBITION/PERFORMANCE SPACE

The Resident can make use of the E/PS for a maximum of 10 hours per week. As the E/PS is the only access point between the front office and patio and the kitchen and studios, PSSST staff and other residents require unrestricted access to the E/PS as a walkway. Should the Resident require restricted use and/or complete privacy when using the E/PS, the Resident will schedule these hours with PSSST staff in advance. PSSST reserves the right to schedule programming in the E/PS while the artist is in residence. PSSST will inform artist with advance notice to assure scheduling works for all parties.

The resident will have full access to all technology available at PSSST. This includes the complete A/V system–cameras, audio equipment, speakers, lighting, etc. While PSSST does not have a dedicated Tech Director, PSSST will work with the artist to determine what is needed regarding assistance for rehearsals and public programming. Before the beginning of the residency, PSSST and the resident will develop an overview of the resident’s tech needs and determine an agreed upon level of assistance.