Blood on the Water
The sun is about to set, throwing the impossibly picturesque canals of Venice into dusky relief, lighting up the waters and sending the last lazy ducks scuttling toward shelter. You’ve parked and set out on foot, bundling up against the chill and traversing the narrow sidewalks and arching bridges, as much listening for your destination as looking for it. Then suddenly, you come upon it -- a glimmering, luminous, organic spectacle of flickering light and shifting audio cloud that seems to emanate from the watery sky itself. This is Cellular Streams/Transitory Conditions, a site-specific multimedia installation presented by Ceci N'est Pas... from artist Marianne Magne, who has been producing variations of this work since 2005. Her work in drawing, painting, film, video, performance and music centers on the inner workings of living organisms as a metaphor and location for creativity. She often uses imagery of blood, neurology and other biological systems in her sensual, abstract art. In this series, she also recognizes the canals and bridges as a kind of living, fluid place, and the works she stages here delve deeply into this evolving story -- with music, nature, the elements and warm bodies all converging for the experience. West side of Howland Bridge, 231 Howland Canal, Court C, Venice; Sat., March 30, 7-10 p.m.; free. cnp-la.org/event/cellular-streams.
Sat., March 30, 7 p.m., 2013
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