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Contact: Allison Ostrovsky

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Large scale exploration and transformation of public space with projection art, dance, lights & performance
Saturday, July 11, 8:00-10:30pm

The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, in partnership with 18th Street Arts Center, Bergamot Ltd., and the Bergamot Station Gallery & Cultural Association, present award-winning filmmaker and video artist Kate Johnson's installation EVERYWHERE in BETWEEN at Bergamot Station on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 8:00pm to 10:30pm. Enveloping the buildings of historic Bergamot Station in projected video, Johnson will transform the art campus into a single installation with her collaborators Pennington Dance Group, light installation artist Greg Christy, violinist Lili Haydn, composers Kate Crash and Michael Maio, and spoken word artist Victoria Looseleaf. EVERYWHERE in BETWEEN finds connections between the individual identities of the galleries and the artists, and explores Bergamot Station as a unified space. The event is curated and produced by 18th Street Arts Center as part of a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant awarded to the City of Santa Monica.

Kate Johnson's EVERYWHERE in BETWEEN is the third in a series of artist interventions aimed at calling attention to the community of cultural organizations and commercial galleries at Bergamot Station. With the impending arrival of the EXPO light rail in Santa Monica, and the construction of the Bergamot Station train platform, the City of Santa Monica and Bergamot Station Gallery & Cultural Association (BSGCA) are employing creative ways to make the public aware that the Arts Center is still open for business and as vibrant as ever.

Kate Johnson is an award-winning filmmaker, video artist, and Assistant Professor at Otis College of Art & Design. Her collaborative works have been shown at the Cannes and L.A. Film Festivals, and MoMA, among other venues. She has collaborated throughout her career with dance companies, creating video art for live performances. Johnson’s Emmy-nominated film, Mia, A Dancer's Journey, is a feature-length documentary about the life of celebrated ballerina, Mia Slavenska, which she co-directed and co-produced. It premiered at Lincoln Center in January 2015 and was broadcast over 200 PBS stations throughout the US.

John Pennington, Artistic Director of the Pennington Dance Group, enjoyed a 14-year career with the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company as a performer and master teacher. He then went on to be an independent choreographer and educator before establishing his own award-winning dance group in 2000.

Greg Christy is a multiple award-winning lighting designer and technical director who has created singular designs and lighting installations for events throughout the US and internationally. His work has been seen on TV and at venues such as The Getty Museum, LACMA, and MOCA.

In addition to releasing four critically acclaimed recordings as a solo artist, violinist and vocalist Lili Haydn is also known for her legendary collaborations with some of the world’s greatest musicians, including Roger Waters, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Josh Groban, Seal, Cyndi Lauper, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and George Clinton's  P-Funk All Stars.  

Kate Crash and Michael Maio are composers, producers, and songwriters best known for their band KateCrash & the UFO Club. Their current projects include directing and composing score for the films “Messiah of Dogs” and “The Lost Suicide Ballads of Honey and Thunder” and songwriting and co-producing an album with Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave, PIL) for George Martin’s label Grand Master.

Victoria Looseleaf is an award-winning international arts journalist who covers the visual and performing arts around the world. A freelancer for the L.A. Times since 1996, Looseleaf also writes for Performances Magazine, KCET Artbound, Artillery magazine and Fjord Review. Looseleaf has written for the New York Times and has had her poetry and short fiction published in “Gen F” and “A Looseleaf Notebook, Vol. 1”, produced and hosted the cable TV show, “The Looseleaf Report,” which aired in L.A. and New York for 22 years, and she currently maintains a blog of the same name.





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What: EVERYWHERE in BETWEEN, a video installation by artist Kate Johnson at Bergamot Station. Large scale exploration and transformation of public space with projection art, dance, lights & performance.


When:             Saturday, July 11, 2015, 8:00-10:30pm


Where:           Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404  


Cost:               All events and performances are free


Info:       or call 310-453-3711




The Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division brings the City’s art scene to life for residents and visitors by supporting engaging and accessible cultural events for all ages throughout the year. Cultural Affairs nurtures local arts organizations, promotes artist involvement in the community, manages the landmark Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and presents and produces innovative programs citywide at the Annenberg Community Beach House, the historic Miles Playhouse, 1450 Ocean and in the city’s parks, enriching Santa Monica’s reputation as an international cultural destination.


18th Street Arts Center is the largest, continuously running artist residency program in Southern California. 18th Street’s mission is to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art-making, and

it encourages contemporary artists from around the globe to create new work within a supportive environment.



Through Our Town, the NEA supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The grantee projects will encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies. All Our Town grant awards were made to partnerships that consisted of at least one nonprofit organization and a local government entity.


In 2013, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced 59 Our Town grant awards totaling $4.725 million and reaching 34 states in the program's third year of funding. The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division was one of those grantees and received $75,000 to create temporary artist projects to help attract visitors to Bergamot during the construction process of the EXPO station there.








Bergamot Station is the historical name for the site on which the gallery complex is located, dating back to 1875 when it was a stop for the Red Line trolley running from Los Angeles to the Santa Monica Pier. Bergamot is a flower of the mint family that once flourished in the area.


Since its launch, Bergamot Station has become a popular destination for visitors from around the country and the world. Bergamot Station provides a central location which allows visitors to park in one place and spend the day seeing art, rather than spending time driving from one gallery to the next. It now appears in every guide to Los Angeles as a primary cultural destination, with well over 600,000 visitors each year.





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