As artists become more interested in collapsing the boundaries between reality and fiction, art is becoming more adventurous. One example is the rise of immersive experiences, which rely on the complex unpredictability that occurs when an audience interacts with performers and performance spaces.
One House Twice, an immersive performance event is happening on Saturday (May 6), at The Neutra Studio and Residences (VDL Research House) in Silver Lake. Two artists’ groups, ENTER>text and homeLA have collaborated on dance, literary, installation and sound works that respond to the distinctive architecture of the VDL Research House, which was recently named a National Historic Landmark.
ENTER>text, a Los Angeles-based writers’ group that creates immersive events, was formed by CalArts alumni Marco Franco Di Domenico (Critical Studies MFA 11) and current CalArts faculty Henry Hoke (Critical Studies MFA 11). Events by ENTER>text activate audiences to seek out their own encounters with writers.
homeLA, founded and directed by Rebecca Bruno, invites audiences to private homes throughout the city to experience intimate live dance, body-based sound and intermedia artist performances. The immersive events address the group’s considerations about valuing the creative process, living in Los Angeles and sharing spaces.
One House Twice features artists Bernard Brown, Rebecca Bruno, Di Domenico, Morgan Green, Hoke, Ashaki M. Jackson, CalArts faculty Douglas Kearney (Critical Studies MFA 04), Mak Kern with Mona Tavakoli and Cary Gallagher, Emily Marchand, Emily Meister, Wendy C. Ortiz, Andrew Pearson, Priyanka Ram, Erin Schneider, Wilfried Souly and Emerson Whitney.
Watch the video below to learn more about the significance of The Neutra VDL Research House.