Curator: Stephen van Dyck
WHAT: An afternoon arts event organized to re-imagine unused urban space along 23 miles of San Fernando Road with experimental music performances, art installations, readings, discussions and carpool happenings
WHERE: The entire length of San Fernando Road’s 23 miles from Sylmar to Lincoln Heights, in unused public outdoor spaces such as on the sidewalk, between dumpsters, along railroad tracks as well as inside the audience’s cars as they traverse it. On June 5 a map of the event will be available at http://torrential.us/sanfernando.htm along with various downloadable art for the car ride
WHEN: June 8, 2008 5PM – 9PM
In Los Angeles there are massive amounts of land that everyone drives by but no one ever goes to, some spaces even as desolate and hidden from the populace as a rural mountain road. Curator Stephen van Dyck, grad student at CalArts, asks: What if those places become the destinations to generate a new kind of LA experience, still car-accessible but bringing meaning and attention to a collection of these less obvious destinations?
The San Fernando Road Concert shows work from over fifteen Los Angeles-based artists sporadically along the entire length of San Fernando Road’s 23 miles from Sylmar to Lincoln Heights, in unused public outdoor spaces such as on the sidewalk, between dumpsters, along railroad tracks as well as inside the audience’s cars as they traverse it.
A few days prior to the event, maps will be provided via the event website http://torrential.us/sanfernando.htm , stating an earliest and latest time and approximate location to find each artist’s work. On June 8th, from 5 PM to 9 PM, audience members are invited to print out these maps and drive the length of San Fernando on a loose schedule, stopping at each spot to experience an intimate interaction with and/or by each artist. The audience is encouraged but not required to come out of their cars at each artist’s spot. Works range from performances and installations to writings and discussions. The audience can choose how long they want to spend at each spot, skip spots or drive at different speeds between them. The most northerly spot will start first, and each spot will be later in the evening roughly the farther south each gets. Audience members are additionally invited to car pool with some artists between spots and to switch car pools at their leisure.