MONDAY NOVEMBER 4
Jeff Witscher and Jack Callahan
WHAT HAPPENS ON EARTH STAYS ON EARTH
Los Angeles Contemporary Archive
719 N. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(note: enter on Ord Street)
Performance begins promptly at 8:30pm
FREE – seating is limited
Jeff Witscher and Jack Callahan – who have delineated novel taxonomies of sound as Rene Hell and die Reihe respectively – arrive in Los Angeles to perform a new, collaborative work called WHAT HAPPENS ON EARTH STAYS ON EARTH.
“Jeff Witscher & Jack Callahan's What Happens on Earth Stays on Earth is a new multi-channel work examining the banality of the human drama in the 21st century. Taking the familiar Q&A format as its basic form, the piece functions as an expanded generative interview between multiple speakers -- both human and technological -- as an unhinged, overlapping narrative of contemporary life. Begun in 2017 as an idea, WHOESOE consists of a series of prompts given to selection of interviewees (Madalyn Merkey, Asha Sheshadri, Colleen O’Connor, Nihal Ramchandani, Daren Ho, and Josh Haringa) whose responses are recorded. The piece is organized from this material with each staging being one of many possible realizations. An experiment in the modularity of common drama, the piece shares sensibilities with A.A. meetings, group therapy sessions, formalist and fluxus generative poetry experiments, or Robert Ashley’s television operas -- all operations that express tension between inner monologue and group communication. Although both Witscher and Callahan are known for their discrete compositions and far-ranging work under various monikers, recently they have been forwarding primary descriptors such as ‘Music Art’ and ‘Sound Music’ as formal headings that re-assert the simplicity of their own respective practices. What Happens on Earth Stays on Earth is an intersection of these individual approaches -- a savage showcase of both narrative and music’s destinies to ‘go nowhere but here.’”
WHOESOE debuted at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, NY in May of this year.
This L.A. realization is supported by LACA and Human Resources Los Angeles.