Participating artists include: (top row, L to R) Tara King, Carol McDowell, Christy Roberts Berkowitz, Alexx Shilling, Paul Outlaw; (middle L to R) Mariel Carranza, Phillip T Nails, Elisabeth Nails, Toban Nichols; (bottom row) Paul Outlaw, Allison Wyper, Antonia Price, Marcos Najera. All images courtesy of the artists.

Rhizomatic Studio: Shared Practice

In Real Life: Studio provides a glimpse into the working processes of artists. Throughout the fall a select group of artists utilizes spaces in the museum to convene and rehearse new material, including theater, dance, music, and performance. While some artists and collectives will simply discuss or workshop material, others will produce a new project from rehearsal to final performance. 

Project statement

Rhizomatic Studio convenes an interdisciplinary group of Los Angeles performance makers, who will engage collectively in two days of "Shared Practice" on the In Real Life: Studio stage. Invited participants (including dancers, performance artists, actors, and spoken word artists) will take turns leading mini-workshops for one another, give peer feedback on rehearsals, and engage in live performance experiments on (and spilling over) the stage. Each day will end with a long-form group improvisation (or "encounter"). Viewers are invited to witness any part of our practice, but physical participation may be limited at times to the Rhizomatic Studio artists only.

Biography

Rhizomatic Studio is the creative wing of Rhizomatic Arts, founded by Allison Wyper in 2014 to provide services, resources, and community for artists and creatives. Rhizomatic Arts cultivates networks in which communities can interconnect through short-term collaborations and lasting partnerships. Rhizomatic Studio produces interdisciplinary art projects, performances, and workshops (including a Collective Creation Lab, and a new Performance Lab that will be presented by the Hammer in January 2017). We are dedicated to social and economic justice on a grassroots, person-to-person level, and uphold the feminist ethos: if one thrives, we all thrive. 

In Real Life: Studio is a Public Engagement project organized by January Parkos Arnall, curatorial associate, Public Engagement.

The Hammer Museum’s Public Engagement program is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.