October 13 2012, 01:00pm
Public Engagement
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wild Up Spatial Music Series


wild Up Spatial Music Series

From September through December wild Up presents four distinct projects inspired by the Hammer's unique public spaces. The Spatial Music Series at the Hammer is a time of serious play for wild Up. With the Hammer's architecture as a subject, wild Up artists create site-specific projects that investigate the social and sonic nature of public space. The projects work within the constraints of these characteristic places and explore subjects like conditions for intimacy, organic listening, and incidental performance.

This month we present Familiar Architectures.

Five cellists attempt to play Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello simultaneously in a variety of spatial and sonic arrangements. This site-specific work by Chris Kallmyer uses familiar materials to create something new in the unique spaces of the Hammer Museum.



wild Up is a 24-member experimental classical/contemporary ensemble comprised of Los Angeles musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. By mixing traditional classical works, challenging new compositions and indie music, their insightful programming looks to change the experience of the classical concert and reconceptualize the role of an orchestra in its community. Throughout a performance wild Up creates an active experience for the audience by sharing the contextual and inspirational impetus for their program. The ensemble practices a philosophy of radical-inclusionism: audience members are invited to experience concerts the way that they see fit, and absolutely no music is off limits.

When visiting the museum from July through December visitors will encounter vibrant performances, projects, and interactive installations. Stop by to find out what’s possible when an orchestra takes on a museum.



Part of the curatorial department, the Public Engagement program collaborates with artists to develop and present works that create an exchange with the institution and with visitors. Enacted both inside and outside the galleries, Public Engagement projects range from re-envisioned security guard uniforms to library and orchestra residencies.

wild Up at the Hammer received generous support from Karen Kohl. The Hammer Museum's Public Engagement Program is supported through a major grant from The James Irvine Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Shifting Foundation.

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