Allora & Calzadilla | Concert for Hans and Marguerite
631 W 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA
As part of the opening of Allora and Calzadilla’s new piece at REDCAT called: Apotomē — we’re remaking a concert that happened in 1798. This concert was at the Natural History Museum in Paris — in the audience, only two elephants. Hans and Marguerite.
REDCAT hosts the first Los Angeles exhibition by Jennifer Allora (USA, 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (Cuba, 1971). Collaborating since 1995, the duo have produced an expansive and interdisciplinary body of work, combining performance, sculpture, video and sound. Through a process of extensive research, the artists bring together unexpected juxtapositions between subjects and objects—from deep history to contemporary geo-political realities—exposing their complicated dynamics, destabilizing and re-ordering them in poetic ways that open news paths of meaning.
The work presented at REDCAT results from the artists’ investigation into the history and origins of human music, and by extension the assumptions about what constitutes man, animal, life, and signs. It is an experiment in navigating the boundaries between these shifting frames through the medium of music, as a possible inter-species meta-language- a proto-linguistic, non-symbolic and affective trans-human mode of communication whose basis is biological and evolutionary.