THE FAMILY ROOM COLLECTIVE
TODD MOELLENBERG + SYLKE RENE MEYER + MATT SAVITSKY (AKA. MINTY)
Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Los Angeles
Opening April 20, 2019, 6-8PM
In Paper Over, The Family Room Collective will present a series of open work sessions over the course of four weekends. The gallery will double as our film set, evolving from an installation of newspaper cutouts and backdrops, where we will improvise live films using an online video chat room. Our movements within TSA, the Bendix building, its inhabitants, and the surrounding streets in downtown Los Angeles will be fed into space, continuously projecting images and sounds we encounter. We will process phrases we read and overhear into cut-up texts and Markov chains to build sonic loops through our speaker system. Lastly, at different points in time, live performers will reference the visuals caught on our cameras to act out dramatic scenes. The addition, live looping cameras will expand, contract, and distort the scale of all material inside the installation.
These live events comprise our working methods, which, in this iteration, combine live theatrical improvisation with automated online tools. This structure allows us to quickly process and combine visual and textual debris to build narratives of the present day. These narratives reflect our positions in time and space as well as interpersonal relationships that are constantly evolving.The audience will thus inhabit our echo chamber of information overload, as we investigate what it means to collectively record the present moment.
SCHEDULE of EVENTS
Session 01 April 20 12-5 PM
Opening Reception April 20 6-8 PM
Session 02 April 27 12-5 PM
Session 03 May 4 12-5 PM
Session 04 May 11 12-5 PM
Closing Reception May 11 6-8 PM
THE FAMILY ROOM COLLECTIVE (TFRC) formed as a queer performing artists group in 2018. We got to know each other in the context of group relations processing, and understand our practice as interpersonal investigations of group dynamics. Our primary interest is to expand the idea of participatory performance art into the realm of the practices of everyday life.
Be a Part of an Artist Collective’s Spontaneous, Street-Based Performances
Each Saturday, the Family Room Collective creates films inside a gallery and on the streets below, creating narratives based on texts and interactions with those they encounter.
The Family Room Collective, “Paper Over” installation view (photo by Matt Savitsky)
For the past three weekends, queer performance group the Family Room Collective — Todd Moellenberg, Sylke Rene Meyer, and Matt Savitsky — have taken over the downtown art space Tiger Strikes Asteroid. Their installation, Paper Over, is an “experimental prototype towards unintentional storytelling, merging high and low tech with the human bodies,” they told Hyperallergic over email.
The Family Room Collective, “Paper Over” film still (photo by Matt Savitsky)
Paper Over includes a mini-theater, diorama, and a screening room, which the group uses to create spontaneous, immediate performances that incorporate newspaper clippings, video chats, and live action. Each Saturday, they create films inside the gallery and on the streets below, creating narratives based on texts and interactions with those they encounter, which are then projected in real time onto the gallery walls for visitors. With a dose of playful absurdity, the Family Room Collective channels the feedback loops and information overload that characterize our frenzied contemporary media landscape. This Saturday, they will present their fourth and final event, with two live film sessions at 3 and 7pm.
When: Saturday, May 11, 12–8pm
Where: Tiger Strikes Asteroid LA (Bendix Building, 1206 Maple Avenue, #523, Downtown, Los Angeles)
More info at Tiger Strikes Asteroid.