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What’s Happening at the Camera Obscura Art Lab

  • Deep Listening Sound Walk with Studio Resident Alex Wand

    Starts: 7/6/2019 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 7/6/2019 12:30:00 PM

    Saturday 5/4, 11am-12:30pm
    Free! RSVP at link.

    In the tradition of Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening sessions, we’ll take a walk and listen to the sounds of our environment. Perhaps we’ll walk in the park, along the street, or on the beach. After we’ll regroup and journal about our experiences. Prepare for light travel and sun/wind protection. This repeating event is open to all.
  • Weaving Plastic with Studio Resident Dahn Gim

    Starts: 7/6/2019 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 7/6/2019 12:30:00 PM

    Utilize recycled materials and cording recovered from empty PET bottles to weave. Artist will provide plastic bottles. Participants are highly encouraged to bring any decorative ropes and yarns that they wish to incorporate into their weaving. Limited capacity workshop: please let us know if your plans change after making a reservation.
  • Recycled Leather Workshop with Andrea Morgenstern

    Starts: 7/6/2019 12:00:00 PM
    Ends: 7/6/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Saturday 7/6, 12-3pm
    Cost: $25 - some materials available for purchase $0-$10. Please bring cash.
    Click on the link to register or call 310-458-2239.


    Give your tired leather goods new life by creating something repurposed and ready to be loved! We'll be learning how to hand-saddlestitch a coin pouch, clutch, zippered pouch or card holder out of recycled leather. Do you have an old leather coat that has been sitting around unused? Or perhaps you're getting rid of a leather sofa and want to save some of it? If you don’t have any leather goods you can part with, no worries, pieces will be available for purchase (bring small bills.)

    Bring your clean used leather - from jackets, duffels, pillows or couches. Vegan leather (vinyl or thicker ultrasuede types) welcome. A small zipper or magnetic clasp and scrap leather will be provided. Shared tools will be available but you can bring your own scissors or rotary knife if you like.
  • Bioplastic Exploration with Studio Resident Dahn Gim

    Starts: 7/6/2019 12:30:00 PM
    Ends: 7/6/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Join Dahn in an exploration of how bioplastics can be made using vegetable and other matter as raw material. Dahn’s new sculpture series will use animal leather substitutes, and she is trying new techniques. She’ll provide an overview of unusual sculptural materials that she has used and their pros and cons. All are welcome! Note that this is not a class, but an open exploratory session and discussion. Various materials will be on hand to check out.
  • Bioplastic Exploration with Studio Resident Dahn Gim

    Starts: 7/7/2019 12:30:00 PM
    Ends: 7/7/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Join Dahn in an exploration of how bioplastics can be made using vegetable and other matter as raw material. Dahn’s new sculpture series will use animal leather substitutes, and she is trying new techniques. She’ll provide an overview of unusual sculptural materials that she has used and their pros and cons. All are welcome! Note that this is not a class, but an open exploratory session and discussion. Various materials will be on hand to check out.
  • Collaborative Songwriting with Studio Resident Alex Wand

    Starts: 7/13/2019 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 7/13/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Saturdays 5/4, 6/8 & 7/13 11am-12:30pm
    Cost: Free!
    To RSVP click on the link or call 310-458-2239.

    Write poetry and music that suits the setting in this collaborative songwriting workshop. Each participant will compose an anonymous text about the ocean, put it in a hat, then we’ll set the poems to music and spoken-word pieces to be performed at the end of class. Things to bring: pencil, notebook, and perhaps an instrument you’d like to play. This repeating event is open to all, no particular experience required!
  • Frau Fiber's Sewing Rebellion + Craft Lounge

    Starts: 7/13/2019 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 7/13/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Frau Fiber brings her nationwide project, Sewing Rebellion, to the Camera on the second Saturday of the month concurrent to our monthly Craft Lounge. Catch Frau Fiber's regiment of Faux Fraus leading sewing, altering and repurposing projects each month. Shared sewing machines and sewing tips included.

    May-August, the Sewing Rebellion projects are Aprons from Collar Shirts and Backpacks from T-Shirts. As always, participants are welcome to bring their own projects and mending.

    Craft Lounge is a monthly no-host gathering of all types of crafting - bring your works in progress and make something with your neighbors! The Camera Obscura Art Lab has shared knitting, crochet, sewing, collage and drawing materials and plenty of tables for you to spread out your work. Sewing Rebellion sewing tips available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa_iA8hOiZz1ipUFGAmGkrw
  • Folk Songs for Everyone with Studio Resident Alex Wand

    Starts: 7/20/2019 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 7/20/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Saturday 5/18, Sunday 6/30, & Saturday 7/20
    11am-12pm
    Cost:Free!
    To RSVP, click on the link or call 310-458-2239.

    Join us in singing and playing folk songs! We’ll learn some Woody Guthrie songs and some tunes from "The American Songbag” (compiled by Carl Sandburg). Feel free to bring instruments and perhaps a folk song to teach the group! This repeating event is open to all levels, no experience required.
  • Embodied Poetics for Writers with Peggy Dobreer

    Starts: 7/20/2019 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 7/20/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Saturday July 20, 11am-2pm
    Cost: $30
    To register click on the link or call 310-458-2239.

    A generative writing workshop that enlivens body and brain for writers of prose or poetry. Come explore prompts that activate the senses and invite more rhythm, surprise, and specificity to your writing. Writers of diverse practices welcome: different genres have much to gain from each other in this practice. Wear walking shoes and comfortable attire. "Until I took Peggy Dobreer’s workshop I never knew movement could open such rich avenues of play and invention in my writing process. Dobreer’s approach is magical."
    -Janet Fitch, White Oleander, Paint it Black, The Revolution of Marina M.
  • Singing Rounds with Studio Resident Alex Wand

    Starts: 7/27/2019 1:00:00 PM
    Ends: 7/27/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Saturdays 4/27, 5/25, 6/22, 1pm-2pm and 7/27, 3-4pm
    Free! RSVP at link.

    Experience the joy of group singing! In this session, we will sing rounds with some guitar accompaniment; round singing is a musical form where one group starts off with a melody and the next group starts with the same melody a bit later and so on. The result is a harmonious canon of voices in perpetual motion. The workshop is meant for non-musicians and musicians alike; all are welcome!
  • Dahn Gim and Alex Wand: Sympoiesis

    Starts: 7/28/2019 5:00:00 PM
    Ends: 7/28/2019 8:00:00 PM

    Join us for a Studio Residency culminating event featuring open studios, a documentary screening and a new site-specific performance that moves from the Camera Obscura to the beach, from Dahn Gim and Alex Wand. Light refreshments provided. Note that part of the performance takes place in the Camera tower, located up 14 steps, and part takes place on the beach. For those guests following the performance to the beach, sun/wind protection and comfortable shoes are suggested.

    Schedule:

    5pm: open studio and light refreshments

    6-6:50pm: Alex Wand screens a documentary film about his Camino de las Monarcas project, where as "Alejandro Botijo" he cycled 2000 miles from Los Angeles to Michoacan, Mexico, following the migratory paths of the monarchs and seeding a path of milkweed along the way.

    7-7:45pm: Sympoiesis performance
    Principal collaborators: Alex Wand, Dahn Gim; Musicians: Odeya Nini, Kathryn Shuman, Luke Williams, Alex Wand; Choreography: Jay Carlon
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