Culture Lab: Truth
June 28-30, 2017 | The Box @ SIJCC
About the Exhibition
Culture Lab: Truth is an interactive, mixed-media art installation and performance piece created by a group of four artists, Brendan Eder, Andrea Hodos, Betsy Medvedovsky and Alexx Shilling, working in wide-ranging disciplines, including dance, spoken word, sound, and design. Together they represent the diversity and richness of Los Angeles’ ever-expanding art scene. Drawing on both current events as well as stories from the Jewish tradition, the piece plays with what it means to experience events and to know them as true, whether it is directly or through second or third-hand knowledge. In a time of fake news, quickly disseminated rumors and growing questioning of any mainstream narrative, Culture Lab: Truth asks, "How can you discern what the truth is?"
Wednesday, June 28th | 6-8pm | Preview/Open Dress
Thursday, June 29th | 7-10pm | Opening, Artist Talk moderated by Avishay Artsy
Friday, June 30th | 11-1pm | Kids & Families Engagement Workshop
Kids ages 6-11 are invited to join us for an engagement workshop led by the Culture Lab artists. Littles under 6 are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
Friday, June 30th | 7-10pm | Closing + Last Sabbath
Join East Side Jews for the June Last Sabbath in The Courtyard at SIJCC. We’ll dine together and then head over to The Box to check out the closing night of Culture Lab: Truth.
About the Artists
Brendan Eder is a composer, producer, drummer, and leader of neo-classical chamber group, The Brendan Eder Ensemble. Brendan received his BFA from the College of Santa Fe in 2009, where he received the Ellis Prize for Composition for his orchestral composition “Sinfonietta.” Since returning home to Los Angeles, Brendan has relocated to Echo Park, and continued to develop through work in film, television, and live performances. Most importantly, Brendan enjoys collaborating with, producing, and arranging for artists in LA’s indie music scene. Recent projects include “Tiger Beach” (Shark Week), Ari Aster’s portrait series which features Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards), Jim O’Heir (Parks & Recreation), and Richard Riehle (Office Space), producing Paul Bergmann’s album “Nothing At All,” and creating the stop-motion music video, “Vamp.”
Andrea Hodos is the creator of Moving Torah, a method for interpreting traditional Jewish texts using writing, movement and theater exercises alongside traditional study methods. She teaches workshops and performs her solo show, “Cutting My Hair in Jerusalem” in Southern California and nationally. During her residency at HUC-JIR LA, she collaborated with other artists, rabbinical and cantorial students to create “On Dry Ground: Faith, Fear and Transformation at the Edge of the Sea.” Through the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Andrea’s work has been shown at the National Building Museum as part of the D.C. Fringe Festival. She holds a BA in English literature from Yale University, an MEd in dance education from Temple University and has studied at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. Her current work is a community-based project between the Jewish and Muslim communities of LA called “Sinai and Sunna: Women Covering, Uncovering and Recovering.”
Betsy Medvedovsky is a visual designer who loves to explore ideas, problems and stories in visual and tangible ways. She’s especially drawn to questions which explore place, belonging and conflicted narratives. Many of her projects have centered around making peace with tension, conflict and ambiguity. She holds a BA in linguistics from University of Chicago and MFA in communications design from Pratt.
Alexx Shilling is fully committed to the infinite investigation of movement and its potential to uncover alternative narratives and allow us to remember. Her original choreography has been presented nationally and internationally, through residencies at the Millay Colony and Ebenbökhaus / Jewish Museum Munich, and with generous support from institutions including Dance Film Association, CCI, UCLA and CHIME. Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2010, she has created projects in museum spaces, lofts, parks, bathrooms, private homes, and theatre spaces, adapting and transposing dances for unique, layered encounters with audiences. Alexx collaborates as a performer with Victoria Marks, Richard Rivera/PHYSUAL, Laurel Jenkins, Ros Warby, and Alison D’Amato. She teaches at Loyola Marymount University and co-curates the series, Hi, Solo.