SPEAKEASY feat. House of Kenzo
SPEAKEASY featuring House of Kenzo
Saturday, March 9
8 PM: Artist panel moderated by Max Fields
8:30 – 10 PM: Permutations
Suggested Donation: $20
Saturday, March 9 beginning at 8 PM at Lawndale, House of Kenzo (HoK) will present Permutations, a 20 minute production exploring systems, fluidity, work, and cycles. The trio–Ledef (sound production), Brexxitt (choreography), and Grapefruit (concept design)–will embody possibilities through splash choreography and projection mapping.
Doors open at 8 PM beginning with an artist panel discussion moderated by Max Fields, followed by HoK’s Permutations production.
House of Kenzo: Artist Statement & About Permutations
There is more than one way. Systems corrupted. How will we go back to the beginning? When the only laws are of nature. How humans can exist as naked as they were born into the world without society and police berating. Being as we were born and holding space for everyone without being limited to mature audiences.
Work is done when a force applied to an object moves said object; work is calculated by multiplying the force by the distance and object moves (W = F * d). In Permutations, HoK will carry large bags of water across the space and their bodies, representing a reappropriation of “work,” serving incipient natural systems and themselves.
The curated soundscape that Permutations runs on features unreleased compositions from Der Kindestod, Ledef, and Rabit. Sampling sounds of black metal, world music, and industrial, the composition grounds listeners in energy of the earth and the systems that are eroding it.
HoK will host a digital bath and wash themselves clean of modern systems that no longer suit them. How quickly the consciousness connects.
The fury of the earth . Natural disaster. Geography. Online moment internalized and captured. Shrink geography. Industria
Max Fields is an independent curator working in Houston, TX. His recent projects include The Color of Love (2018) featuring Peggy Ahwesh, Julia Brown, and Skylar Fein; Not Quite Verbatim (2018), an exhibition presented at the Hessel Museum of Art featuring Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda, D’Ette Nogle, Amie Siegel, and Audra Wolowiec; and a commissioned project by Ian Wilson titled A Selection of Discussions (2018) published by aCCeSsions Journal. His forthcoming curated program for CounterCurrent 2019, Ten Tiny Dances: Nightlife, brings together artists, dancers, and club scene icons for a night of performances that reflect the ways in which cultural knowledge, unique to individual club cultures, is transmitted and archived through dance, gesture, fashion, and music. He currently works at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and has held positions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. From 2012 to 2016, Fields was the Director and Curator of Suplex Projects, a curatorial platform based in Houston, TX, and Chicago, IL. He is a recent graduate of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College