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February 13, 2015

Southland Ensemble performing Cornelius Cardew's
The Great Learning

Automata is pleased to welcome back Southland Ensemble, as they present selected paragraphs from Cornelius Cardew's The Great Learning. The score is a masterpiece of contradiction - order and chaos, spontaneity and deliberation, professional and amateur, individual and collective. Composed from 1968-1970, this work instigated the formation of the Scratch Orchestra, an experimental ensemble that has greatly influenced many of us.

Southland will be joined by Corey Fogel, percussionist, as well as Eron Rauch, who will present a visual installation influenced by Cardew's work.

Friday, February 13, 2015 at 8pm
at Automata
Tickets, $18 regular, $15 students


FEBRUARY 20–22, 2015

The 2015 Getty Villa Theater Lab series

in collaboration with Automata and Los Angeles Performance Practice

Tungsten (artery)
(A Work-in-Progress Performance)
Directed by Janie Geiser
Written by Erik Ehn

Tungsten (artery) is a multidisciplinary puppet play that merges bunraku puppetry, shadows, video, sound, and text to create an elliptical rumination on our transience, our earthliness, our dust.

Tungsten(artery) centers on Cora, a contemporary Persephone, whose existential dilemma forms the center of the play. Half-asleep on a commuter train entering New York City, Cora struggles to remember where she is coming from, and where she is going. TUNGSTEN (artery) imagines Cora’s search for meaning, as she grapples with her responsibilities, her existential exhaustion, and the increasingly unfamiliar world of the upper air.

Performance times:
Friday February 20 at 8 PM
Saturday February 21 at 3 PM and 8 PM
Sunday February 22 at 2 PM


Admission: $7


MARCH 14 and 15th, 2015

Stop Motion and Cut Paper Animation Intensive
Taught by Maya Erdelyi

In this 2-session intensive workshop, participants will create their own cut-paper hinged puppets, multi-layer paper sets and gain familiarity with the principles of animation and working with cameras. Each participant will make a "short short" using a variety of techniques under the camera. Emphasis will be on the opportunity to create innovative digital films with readily available consumer equipment, such as digital still cameras and laptops. Participants will also learn the basics of video editing. The end of the final class will be a mini "film festival" to celebrate and share our work.

Workshop Fee $250 (materials included)