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January 10-11, 2015

Automata is pleased to present


An Installation/Performance by
with Music by
Bear Club

I WAS A LANDSCAPE IN YOUR DREAM invites you to experience multiple alternative worlds of the present moment. Step into different sizes and scales and see what feels fabulous to you, on you. Listen in a dreamy bear den to folk lullabyes. Embellish and accessorize your body with body parts. Play with everyday objects that are non-functional. Watch the body and the camera have an open discussion. See what the camera catches and perceives, how the body longs to move and what the costume allows."

Saturday January 10, 2015 9 PM
Sunday January 11, 2015 7 PM

Tickets: General Admission $15
Students, Seniors, Members $10


Daphne Rosenthal is an experimental filmmaker and installation artist, with a background in documentary editing. Rosenthal’s work has been exhibited in galleries, festivals and museums throughout Europe and the US. Her work deals with the messy, restless, diffuse parts of ourselves, and the identification and association with daily life objects. Her installations use these everyday materials to create emotional landscapes that invite the viewer to wander and create their own experiences. In her films, Rosenthal documents the light and texture of these tactile landscapes; in her performances, the camera is active, a live agent of illumination. Rosenthal currently lives in Amsterdam and Los Angeles, where she has received MFA (2014) in Experimental Animation at Calarts.

Molly Allis is a Los Angeles based multi-media artist and composer. Her award-winning animations have screened in festivals nationally and internationally, including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Madrid Experimental Film Festival, and the Linoleum Festival in Moscow. She creates environments of play for people to inhabit, with realms of magic inside of the everyday. These installations become portals into deeper realms of intimacy and openness. Using lo-fi means of storytelling, she works with recycled materials to highlight the transformative potential of objects. She is also a founding member of Bear Club, a female indie-folk duo, whose new album is coming out in early 2015. Allis received her MFA from CalArts in Integrated Media and Experimental Sound Practices. http://loveparades.tumblr.

BEAR CLUB is Molly Allis and Jenica Anderson, a female indie-folk duo based in Los Angeles. Molly and Jenica met while attending the MFA music program at CalArts. Together they create ambient songs that hold the listener in a series of lullabyes. Their self-titled debut album will be released in early 2015.

January 16, 2015 BORDER LABS/LABORATORIOS FRONTERIZOS Reinhabiting borders as places for gathering and exchanging ideas.

Automata is please to participate in Border Labs / Laboratorios Fronterizos a series of micro-festivals between artists, small arts organizations, and audiences in Tijuana and Los Angeles.

The series organized by Sage Lewis and Emily Mendlesohn is meant to spark awareness of and connection between artist and artist organizations in these two creative communities.

Friday, January 16, 8pm
Short films/ performances featuring work by Tijuanense artist Adrián Vazquez and Angelino artists Susan Simpson and Janie Geiser at Automata in Chinatown. Followed by reception and discussion. This is a free event but space is limited. Please make your reservations here.


Saturday, January 17, 8pm
Short films, performances, and discussion featuring work by Angelino artists Susan Simpson and Janie Geiser and Tijuanense artist Adrián Vazquez at Estación Teatro on Pasaje Rodriguez.

Join us for the initial exchange and be part of conversations on the future.

BORDER LABS/LABORATORIOS FRONTERIZOS is working with Antena Los Ángeles (Jen Hofer, Miguel Morales Cruz, and Ana Paula Noguez) to think through how to create bilingual spaces for performance and conversation. For this initial experiment, the conversation and a portion of the performances will be interpreted.


Visit PEEPHOLE CINEMA, a new permanent screening site at Automata, available for viewing 24 hours a day. Peephole Cinema, conceived and curated by Laurie O'Brien and Allison deFren, is located in the alley behind Automata, to the left of our back door, between North Hill Street and Chung King Road.