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Installation and performance/sound works by Helga Fassonaki
Installation and performance/sound works by Helga Fassonaki
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    Touching Them, Touching Me - A Love Song for the Dead C is the first in a series of multimedia installation and performance works in which Helga Fassonaki situates herself in the position of a Hagiographer, visually depicting the lives of her musical heroes (deemed saints) - their culture and world that she has incorporated into her own (as fan, artist and musician).  By applying their concepts to her works, she explores her relationship to them and their music via a lens of their own creation. In painting them in an unfailingly positive light, this hagiographic portrayal also touches on bigger ideas of idol worship, the nature of fandom, and sub-cultural mythology - all of which can lead to misguided glorification. But this is a glorification that also leads to a pulsating energy from within, and an urge to destroy in order to create anew.    

     Fassonaki will be exhibiting the first work in the series at Human Resources Gallery in Chinatown, LA and will be needing funds to (A) transform the gallery space into a simulacrum of post-punk 1980’s Dunedin, New Zealand - more specifically, the Empire Tavern, a pub where the Dead C played their early shows and (B) to produce a vinyl record by yek koo (her solo music project) consisting of 5 composed pieces influenced by the Dead C and that explore aspects of their approach.   In conjunction to the exhibition will be a three day performance series called 'Trapdoor Fucking Exit' named after one of the Dead C's most phenomenal albums and featuring artists from the US and New Zealand who have been influenced or inspired by the Dead C.  The performance dates are April 20 - 22 and will take place inside the Empire installation. 

SHOW AT HUMAN RESOURCES GALLERY:

March 24th - April 22, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday March 24, 2012
3-Day Performance Series: April 20 - 22, 2012

For more information about the gallery check out the Human Resources Website at: http://humanresourcesla.com/

SUPPORT:
All financial support goes directly to helping cover building and production costs:

  • Mastering, plating, and pressing costs for 'Love Song for the Dead C' Album (300 copies)
  • Printing costs for 'Love Song for the Dead C' LP - (300 copies)
  • Building materials (to make the Pub installation)
  • Installation and labor costs

THANK YOU:

So many people have reached out to help me with this project whether in terms of time, advice, talent, technical expertise, love, support, and/or home-cooked meals.  Thank you for being part of my life - I am so grateful for your generous support of my project. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

    Floating between worlds of experimental sound and visual art, Helga Fassonaki approaches each of these worlds with insights gained from the other. Her practice, including her music-performance projects, Metal Rouge and Yek koo, are informed by New York No Wave musicians and their defying of categorization, audience, and convention; the poetic, political and physical chants of Patti Smith; and the raw and damaged sounds of New Zealand’s free noise music of the Le Jazz Non era for stretching the parameters of improvised music.  Informed by such artists and their integration of art and music, she has created sound and art installations, group situations, films, and performances that utilize and question temporality, power structures, subcultures, fan cultures, and the human voice as a crucible for positive transformation.

    Fassonaki's work has been exhibited at UCLA's New Wright Gallery, Elysian Park Museum of Art, and LACE galleries (Los Angeles), Blue Oyster Gallery (Dunedin, NZ), Elam School of Fine Art (Auckland, NZ), Orange County Museum of Art (CA), and California College of the Arts (San Francisco), among others. She has performed in Open Melody Festival at UC Irvine (CA), Ear&Eye Festival (Auckland, NZ) alongside legendary sound artists Akio Suzuki and Phil Dadson, On Land Festival (San Francisco), Human Resources (LA), Public Fiction (LA), and a multitude of other galleries and venues throughout the country. She is also the cofounder of a record label called Emerald Cocoon, which focuses on experimental, psychedelic, and avant-garde music.

Helga Fassonaki (now): http://helgafassonaki.net/

Helga Fassonaki (past): http://olmhatch.com/
Yek koo: http://www.olmhatch.com/yek_koo.html
Metal Rouge: http://emeraldcocoon.com/MetalRouge_home.html
Emerald Cocoon:http://emeraldcocoon.com/

one of 20 different LA plays Dunedin 4" x 6" black/white digital prints -
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LA plays Dunedin

Love Song for the Dead C - vinyl record by yek koo.  A pledge of $25!

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    YEK KOO MUSIC DIGITAL + DUNEDIN PLAYS LA PRINT:
    Digital download of 'Love Song for the Dead C' LP featuring music composed by yek koo (Helga Fassonaki) and a 6" X 4" print, part of the piece 'Dunedin Plays LA', both will be featured in the exhibition.

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    YEK KOO MUSIC DIGITAL + LP: 'Love Song for the Dead C' LP featuring music composed by yek koo (Helga Fassonaki) and a digital download of the LP.

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    YEK KOO MUSIC DIGITAL + LP + WORLD, PEACE, HOPE CDR: 'Love Song for the Dead C' LP and a digital download of the LP. Plus an additional exclusive CDR, featuring covers by Yek Koo of three Dead C songs: 'World', 'Peace', and 'Hope', with Shannon O'Brien on drums. Note - these tracks will not be available for purchase anywhere…this is an exclusive offer.

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    PERFORMANCE SERIES PACKAGE: A specially crafted limited edition poster designed by Helga Fassonaki (limited to 100 copies) publicizing 'Trapdoor Fucking Exit' - a 3 day performance series taking place as part of the exhibition (at Human Resources gallery), featuring musicians from around the country and New Zealand that have been influenced or inspired by the Dead C, plus a 3-day pass that will get you into all three performance dates: April 20, 21, and 22, 2012, PLUS the World, Peace, Hope CDR.

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    SPECIAL TOUR POSTCARD + YEK KOO MUSIC DIGITAL + LP - yek koo will be touring the West Coast from March 26 - April 2nd and will send you a personal postcard from one of the cities I'm at with a very special personalized souvenir + 'Love Song for the Dead C' LP and a digital download of the LP

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    AUTOGRAPGH PACKAGE: A copy of 'Love Song for the Dead C' LP - SIGNED by yek koo with Digital Downloads and a 3-day pass to 'Trapdoor Fucking Exit' performance series, plus text mock-up drawings sketched in preparation of the final installation, also SIGNED, each one its own edition.

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    'DUNEDIN PLAYS LA' ARTWORK: A framed art piece featuring black and white 4 x 6 inch photos of historic Dead C posters posted on walls in downtown Los Angeles. This piece will be featured in the exhibition (March 24 - April 22).

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    A PRIVATE DATE WITH THE ARTIST AT HUMAN RESOURCES: This will feature an exclusive day during the exhibition period (March 24 - April 22) for you + one guest to be led through the exhibition by Helga, followed by a private yek koo performance with free Irish drinks from the bar. Will also include a copy of the limited edition Album, 'Love Song for the Dead C'. The date will be on one of the days that Human Resources Gallery is otherwise closed.

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    A LOVE SONG SPECTACULAR: 'Love Song for the Dead C' LP (SIGNED) and a digital download of the LP + 'Trapdoor Fucking Exit' poster + exclusive CDr of a yek koo live performance of 'Love Song for the Dead C' + 3-day pass to 'Trapdoor Fucking Exit' performance series (April 20 - 22) + an edition of one drawing of the Dead C by Helga.

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    A LOVE SONG PING PONG TABLE: Take home the 6 x 3 foot portable ping pong table that will be featured in the exhibition and played during its duration by artists, patrons, and musicians who will have added their own historic marks.

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