“I realized back then that simply moving the little squares on graph paper, I could show anything: I could show motion, it could represent notes, it could represent color … They could describe words or categories … I felt I had discovered a new language.” Long before she'd even heard the term “concept art,” Channa Horwitz was developing a unique system of shapes and textures she called “composing time,” which took visual art past the simple canvas and into a limitless universe of dance, music and virtually any form she chose to express. The revered L.A. experimental artist and dance pioneer is still cookin' at 78, and this week, Beach=Culture presents a Pacific Standard Time event entitled Channa Horwitz's Variations on Sonakinetography #3. The multimedia experience features Horwitz's series of numbered geometric drawings that invite interpretation through dance, musical composition and installation, and includes a performance of Poem Opera for 8, and two interpretations of Sonakinetography #3: a light show and dance choreographed by Horwitz's daughter Ellen Davis; and a musical performance by percussionist Corey Fogel. In line with free-form philosophy, you can just come and go, as there will be no seats and no set arrival time. In other words, you, the audience, are part of the installation. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica; Mon., Jan. 23, 6:30-10 p.m.; free but resv. required. Info & resv., annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.

Mon., Jan. 23, 2012

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