Body of Work

This weekend, the Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound — that’s SASSAS to its friends — presents a reprisal of its memorable 2004 concert, Exquisite Corpse. Defined as a “surrealist strategy designed to exploit the mystique of accident within a kind of collective collage of words or images,” Exquisite Corpse — or “cadaver exquis” en Français — is a game that became popular among artists in Paris in the 1920s (Henry Miller liked to play it to pass time in the cafés), in which a piece of paper is folded into quarters and passed around to the various players, who add words or images without having seen the previous entries. The musical version features six of L.A.’s most prominent improvisers engaging in overlapping solo performances designed specifically for the Schindler House, the 1922 studio-residence of famed architect Rudolph Schindler. The California Modern masterpiece, a key example of what Schindler termed “space architecture,” is the perfect place to ruminate on both the barriers and the possibilities of space, as guitarist Joe Baiza, cornetist Dan Clucas, saxophonist Alicia Mangan, vocalist Dwight Trible, vocalist/instrumentalist Kira Vollman and percussionist Rich West divide into groups of three in two separate rooms, engaging in freeform solo relays and duets that essentially create a whole new space.
Sat., Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m., 2008


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