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Agenda

Schoolroom talk on The Magic Circle: Jan Tumlir with Kevin Hanle
Sunday, February 14, 16:00 - 17:00

Schoolroom talk at the LA art book fair

Location:
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-6222
moca.org
(map)

 

4:00 – 5:00 pm
The Magic Circle, Jan Tumlir in Conversation with Kevin Hanley

Tumlir’s new book charts a pathway of historical analysis and speculative association outward from The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” a record released in 1967 once the band had definitively renounced touring. This limit-condition is crucial to the emergence of the concept album, and more generally of art-rock. “The Magic Circle” concerns the passage of the album form into a self-reflexive aesthetic work, but one that remains an openly commercial product and never severs its ties to the social facts. On the occasion of this book release, Tumlir will be joined by artist and pop-connoisseur Kevin Hanley to discuss the legacy of The Beatles brass band avatars as a segue between the cultures of industrialism and the information age. Presented by Onomatopee.

 

THE CLASSROOM
Now in its seventh year, this curated series of informal conversations, workshops, readings and other artist-led programs is also an informal venue for artists, writers and publishers to feature new releases and present their publications. The Classroom is organized by David Senior, Museum of Modern Art Library.

 



Exhibition

Onomatopee 109 / Research project
Set-up
the synergetic mobilisation of experimental music and visual culture.

Opening May 2nd, 16:00

Exhibition dates: May 3 – May 23, 2015


FESTIVAL: MAY 23, 2015

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Bands
Bert Scholten
Danielle Liebeskind
Movements and Centres (Gert-Jan prins, Freek Lomme and Joan van Barneveld)

Performances
Peter Fengler
Barreuh
DJ Oscar Wyers

Talks
Jan Tumlir
Francesco Spampinato

Market
Cosmic Volume, Oggy Records, Inner Landscapes, DE PLAYER, Lekker Kut Platenmaatschappij, WHITE SUIT PROJECTIONS, Barreuh, Onomatopee

Time table
15.00 Doors open
15.30 Openings words by Francesco + book presentation
16.15 Danielle Liebeskind
17.00 Jan Tumlir
17.45 Bert Scholten 
18.30 Food break - playful interventions by Barreuh
19.00 DJ Oscar Wyers 
20.00  Peter Fengler performative lecture
21.00 Movements and Centres
21.45 After drinks

 

In the dynamics of the creative undertow, experimental music and visual culture meet. With an investigative approach, the Set-up project reveals the flow of energy that encourages artists to release sound tracks on their own account and to bring about a new relationship between art and music. Foregrounding the independent spirit through books, an exposition and an event, as a living archive, Set-up is a public backstage meeting place for contemporary labels, for artists and musicians from past and present, from around the world and from around the corner.

Set-up is composed of an exhibition and publication by Francesco Spampinato on artist labels (artists who start a music label alongside their art practice) and the publication "The Magic Circle" written by Jan Tumlir charting a pathway of historical analysis and speculative association outward from The Beatles’ "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as a meditation on the form of the concept album as a point of convergence between the worlds of rock and art, as well as an experiment in conflating the critical methodologies appropriate to either side.

Set-up references the stories of historical artist labels and synergetic experimental art spaces and discusses them from a present-day perspective. The tension between the eighties and nineties counterculture and mass popular culture will be actualised in the spirit of - and in dialogue with - the current generation’s positions, perhaps with different ways of production and distribution. Onomatopee will provide a stage for these dynamics and frictions: a bookshelf to lean on and a wall to kick and scream against.

Combining research, concert and exhibition, Set-up offers a continuous to-and-fro between a theoretical framework and a breathing reality, with room for the movement to pause and coagulate into an exhibition and a publication or to summon a call for action through the energy released at the live performances. Personal connections will come about during the festival day with its various lectures and concerts, making the informal a starting point to explore a more formal depth.

 

PUBLICATION (soon to be published through Onomatopee)
Charting a pathway of historical analysis and speculative association outward from The Beatles’ "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band," L.A. Art writer Jan Tumlir’s "The Magic Circle" is a meditation on the form of the concept album as a point of convergence between the worlds of rock and art, as well as an experiment in conflating the critical methodologies appropriate to either side.

Credits:

Overall artistic co-ordination: Freek Lomme and Pernilla Ellens
Overall production: Pernilla Ellens
Curator exhibition: Francesco Stampinato
Exhibition assistant-curator: Pernilla Ellens
Graphic design: Arthur Roeloffzen
Music programmer: Pernilla Ellens
Lectures programmer: Freek Lomme in collaboration with Pernilla Ellens
Realised with the financial support of: Mondriaan Foundation, Municipality of Eindhoven


Publication

The Magic Circle. On The Beatles, Pop Art, Art-Rock and Records.
Onomatopee 109.2

Jan Tumlir
2015


Price: € 15,00    

Charting a pathway of historical analysis and speculative association outward from The Beatles’ "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band," "The Magic Circle" is a meditation on the form of the concept album as a point of convergence between the worlds of rock and art, as well as an experiment in conflating the critical methodologies appropriate to either side.

ISBN 979-94-91677-43-4

233 pages
softcover / pocket
110 x 150 mm / 4,5 x 6 inches








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Jan Tumlir lecturing at Onomatopee 
May 23rd 2015
Jan Tumlir lecturing at Onomatopee May 23rd 2015