M.A.R.S. FESTIVAL 2017

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M.A.R.S. FESTIVAL
(Music & Arts ReSound)
APRIL 14-23 IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

ANNOUNCES DAY-BY-DAY LINE-UP FOR M.A.R.S. ARTS WEEK


INAUGURAL 10-DAY FESTIVAL TO FEATURE COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN

35+ INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Downtown Los Angeles’ inaugural M.A.R.S. FESTIVAL (Music & Arts ReSound) has revealed its day-by-day line-up for M.A.R.S. Arts Week, offering eight-days of free events, titled Test Site Salons.

Set for Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 23 at Angel City Brewery and Art Share L.A., the 10-day festival will host M.A.R.S. Arts Week, in addition to their full musical line-up, featuring daily installations and activities curated by art critic Shana Nys Dambrot.

Says M.A.R.S.’ Artistic Curator Dambrot, “The visual art programming reflects an aesthetic approach, in corollary to the musical spirit of the festival — one that is expressive of fast-paced and futuristic realities, while remaining tethered to shared, direct experience and place-making attentions. We’re calling it ‘analog science fiction,’ and ‘handmade futurism.’ A curated group of multimedia, video, installation and performance artists, as well as artists using new technologies within the bounds of conventional art-making, will create exhibitions, happenings and site-specific sculptural installations for the duration of the festival, activating both the Angel City Brewery and Art Share spaces (and sometimes the sidewalks in-between) in a series of performative, cross-platform events throughout the week.”

Day-by-day line-up for M.A.R.S. Arts Week:

Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 23 at Angel City Brewery

On view daily throughout the festival and being unveiled at M.A.R.S.’ opening night party is a new painting and an augmented reality (AR) exhibition by visual artist Daniel Leighton; a sculptural installation by cardboard artists Dosshaus; and a photography installation and performance work by Amy Kaps. Plus, the opening concert M.A.R.S. Electric will feature an appearance by futuristic human-interface performance artist
Tiffany Trenda.

Dosshaus is dedicated to remaking the entire world in black and white cardboard, re-inventing experiences and objects from domestic to industrial and cultural spaces, turning the world into a stark, eccentric, fragile wonderland. Kaps will hang a series of original photographs in the intimate lounge area, which will form the site

of her opening night performance, and the landing for her traveling work on the night of April 21. Leighton has invented a new way of embedding AR animation and video content into his original digital paintings. For optimum viewing of Leighton’s AR works on mobile devices and tablets, festival-goers will download his dedicated app for free (visit DanielLeighton.com for more info).

Wednesday, April 19 through Saturday, April 22 at Art Share L.A.

The gallery will feature a sprawling dimensional, interactive, and kinetic art installation throughout the first floor. Art Share’s two project rooms will house performances — one by Amy Kaps, the other, a collaboration between performance artist Victor Wilde and video artist Jesse Gilbert — that will unfold inside a pair of site-specific immersive installation environments.

Kaps will create her signature Striped World black-and-white op-art environment, and will screen a series of her original performance-based videos, as well as enacting a series of small-scale performances in the space throughout the week, including launching an outdoor performance into the neighborhood on Friday, April 21, and hosting a concert of her conceptual cover band on Saturday, April 22. Wilde and Gilbert will collaborate on an experimental “mixed reality” environment that contains elements of sculptural design and collage-based visual art, extricated VR footage, and live audio and video projection. Wilde will enact live-printing, internet streaming fashion content, and interactive performances throughout the week, culminating in the premiere of his label Bohemian Society’s debut of a new avant-garde fashion film conceived and produced with filmmaker and inventor Joe Rubinstein on Saturday, April 22 in the Art Share theater.

Visual artists Thomas Sturm and Samantha Calvetti, Bryan Jacobs and Jay Mark Johnson will install monumental works in open spaces throughout the first floor. The open lobby will host examples from Johnson’s politically charged, witty sculptural project “Someday, All This Will Be Yurts!”, which is soon to make its public art debut in Los Angeles and international civic spaces. Sturm and Calvetti brings you a newly developed artificial intelligence experience for single viewers, whose interactions teach an asthmatic artificial intelligence how to stay calm. Jacobs offers two site-specific sculptural installations in which automated analog machinery generates sights and sounds.

Throughout the week, Art Share’s Perimeter Gallery will feature a group show of walls works by all visual, performance and video artists on the M.A.R.S. lineup, with a VIP reception for all the artists on Saturday, April 22 at 6pm.

Additionally, throughout the week, six artists (divided into two groups) will each screen one-hour programs in daily rotations, projected on the large wall in the open lobby. Video Program Loop One (screening April 19, 21 and 22) consists of Jennifer Vanderpool (stop-motion), Kristine Schomaker (Second Life), and Kio Griffith (abstract collage) and Video Program Loop Two (screening April 20-22) consists of Ned & Shiva Productions (experimental mockumentary), Pearl C. Hsiung (cosmic performance-based), Osceola Refetoff (avant-garde dream cinema).

Friday, April 21 at Art Share to Angel City Brewery

Performance art by Amy Kaps, entitled “Unraveling,” from 7-8pm beginning in her room at Art Share and landing among her photographs at ACB’s lounge. Kaps will enact her wildly popular slow-motion unfurling in a siren-song manner, leaving a trail of tape behind her as she moves through the neighborhood between venues, slowly coming apart in real time.

Saturday, April 22 at Art Share L.A.

Amy Kaps and her as-yet untitled band project featuring singer/accordionist Mrs. Hobbs, poet/drummer Milo Martin, and multitalented instrumentalist Armando Briones will perform original interpretations of classic songs about black, white, and stripes, inside her Striped World installation.

VIP/Artist reception at Perimeter Gallery art show at 6pm

Victor Wilde and Joe Rubinstein “Miscreants” film premiere in theater at 7pm. An original 60-minute short feature fashion and performance film being produced in partnership with M.A.R.S., inspired by the fashion and design of Wilde and his Bohemian Society label, with cinematography by Rubinstein.

Sunday, April 23 at Angel City Brewery from 1-5pm

M.A.R.S. Festival Closing Party featuring a performance by Amy Kaps and the M.A.R.S. Super Sonic concert, offering an interactive exhibition of Ensemble Pamplemousse’s sonic art.

For tickets and more info, visit festivalmars.com and follow @festivalmars on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and sneak peeks on the festival’s artists and individual projects.

Venues:
Angel City Brewery
216 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Monday – Thursday, 4pm-1am
Friday, 4pm-2am
Saturday, 12pm-2am
Sunday, 12pm-1am

Art Share L.A.
801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Wednesday – Sunday, 1-6pm

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M.A.R.S. FESTIVAL
(Music & Arts ReSound)
SET FOR APRIL 14-23, 2017 IN DOWNTOWN
LOS ANGELES

INAUGURAL 10-DAY FESTIVAL TO FEATURE COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN 35+ INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS

HEADLINERS INCLUDE KALEIDOSCOPE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA,
INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE, ENSEMBLE PAMPLEMOUSSE AND M.A.R.S. COLLECTIVE 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

 

The inaugural M.A.R.S. FESTIVAL (Music & Arts ReSound) will take place Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 23, 2017 in Downtown Los Angeles at Angel City Brewery and Art Share L.A. Tickets are on sale now at festivalmars.com, with many events being available for free (details below).

This new 10-day festival will expand audience’s imaginations via never-before-seen pairings of music, art, fashion and dance. The festival’s programming features performances from over 35 local and internationally established contemporary musicians (ensembles, composers, and experimental bands) and artists (performance and visual).

Festival headliners include the Los Angeles-based Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble (making their Los Angeles-debut and only local appearance of the year), composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse, and the newly-formed M.A.R.S. Collective (a fluid ensemble consisting of local contemporary musicians showcasing a style of new music specific to Los Angeles and the festival). Full list of artists confirmed below.

“Through technology, human beings are more connected on a global level than ever before,” M.A.R.S. Festival Executive and Artistic Director Mak Grgić shares. “M.A.R.S. was born out of a need for a global interactive artistic platform, where different arts are paired and explored on a grand scale and everyone is welcomed. M.A.R.S. offers an insight into art reflecting the swooshing tempos of today – left, right, up and down. This is possible through cool new technologies of virtual reality, artificial intelligence, plus creative and interactive programming. We aim to give performance art a new spin – that of freedom of choice as to the place and time of events, looking beyond traditional venues in favor of exploring less conventional spaces. Eventually, everyone will be able to plug into a platform, where a performance is happening, just like in a matrix, but from anywhere and anytime. M.A.R.S. is what the future brings to the arts.”

The line-up for M.A.R.S. FESTIVAL 2017 here:

Ensembles
Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra
M.A.R.S. Collective
International Contemporary Ensemble
Ensemble Pamplemousse

Composers
Jorge Sánchez Chiong
Katharina Rosenberger
Saad Haddad
Charles Peck
Alyssa Weinberg
Clemens Gadenstätter
Chaya Czernowin
Salvatore Sciarrino
Ashley Fure
Stefan Prins
Alexander Schubert
Natacha Diels
David Broome
Andrew Greenwald
Jessie Marino
Wen Liu

Performance/Visual Artists
Tiffany Trenda
Victor Wilde
Jay Mark Johnson
Amy Kaps
Daniel Leighton
Dosshaus
Jennifer Vanderpool
Jesse Gilbert
Joe Rubinstein
Kio Griffith
Kristine Schomaker
Ned&Shiva Productions
Osceola Refetoff
Pearl C. Hsiung
Bryan Jacobs
Thomas Sturm

Experimental Bands
Thumpasaurus
Korduroy

M.A.R.S. FESTIVAL 2017 will offer eight-days of free events — titled M.A.R.S. Test Site Salons — curated by art critic Shana Nys Dambrot featuring multimedia experiences, performance art, as well as artists using new technologies to create festival-specific sculptural installations. These artists, combined with experimental musical guests, will invite and activate these spaces in a nightly series of salon-style cross-platform events throughout the week.

Individual show passes with complimentary parking are available for $30 per person ($10 for students). In addition, a variety of ticketing and VIP packages are available — ranging from $50-$250 per person — that include perks, such as access to artist rehearsals, participation in exclusive artist gatherings and after parties, VIP Meet & Greets, and personalized gifts from the M.A.R.S. team and artists. For tickets and more info, visit festivalmars.com and connect @festivalmars on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Venues:
Angel City Brewery
216 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Art Share L.A.
801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Click here to download assets for M.A.R.S. FESTIVAL

For more info on M.A.R.S. FESTIVAL, visit:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 

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For press inquiries, contact:
Aaron Feterl | aaron@reckoningpr.com