April 30, 2009 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) - Knifeandfork
April 30, 2009

Knifeandfork

Image courtesy of Knifeandfork

Knifeandfork Presents
MOCA Grand Prix
An Engagement Party Event at MOCA

Thursday, May 7, 7–10pm

MOCA Grand Avenue
250 South Grand Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

www.moca.org/party

As the final event of their three-month Engagement Party residency, Knifeandfork presents MOCA Grand Prix, a public intervention taking place at MOCA Grand Avenue on Thursday, May 7, from 7 to 10pm. Engagement Party is the dynamic program developed by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), to present new artworks by innovative Los Angeles–based artist collectives. Cash bar. This event is FREE and open to the public. No reservations are required.

In MOCA Grand Prix, Knifeandfork invites participants to race remote-control cars through MOCA’s current exhibition, A Changing Ratio: Painting and Sculpture from the Collection. Using mounted cameras, each Wi-Fi–enabled car is driven remotely through a video game interface that shows the car’s point of view. Through the lens of 1980s American gaming culture, this project offers an alternative perspective on the permanent collection exhibition. Awards will be presented for the fastest times of the evening.

Knifeandfork
Knifeandfork, founded by Brian House and Sue Huang while on a coffee break during a figure-drawing class in Sweden, currently operates out of Los Angeles and New York. Knifeandfork projects are concerned with the critical reconfiguration of media structures and contexts. Recent work includes The Wrench (2008), which recasts Primo Levi’s The Monkey’s Wrench as an open-ended mobile phone text-message exchange between participants and an artificially intelligent character; 5 ’til 12 (2006), a nonlinear interactive installation utilizing a database of video clips to create a near-infinite number of narratives based on the Akira Kurosawa film Rashomon; and Hundekopf (2005), a location-based narrative project utilizing SMS text-messaging to animate and recontextualize the experience of riding the Berlin Ringbahn. Knifeandfork’s past exhibition hosts include Rhizome at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York; Beall Center for Art + Technology, University of California, Irvine; Loving Berlin Festival, Berlin; and Kulturhuset, Stockholm.

Engagement Party
MOCA’s Engagement Party presents new artworks in the form of dynamic social events and performances by LA–based artist collectives. Launched in October 2008, the program offers emerging collectives three-month residencies during which they present public programs at MOCA Grand Avenue on the first Thursday of each month from 7 to 10pm. Collectives may employ any medium, discipline, or strategy during their residency, resulting in programs that may include performances, workshops, screenings, lectures, or any other activity emerging from the group’s particular focus. By providing a platform for artist collectives who operate through multidisciplinary, non-object-based practices, MOCA intends to address the significant role of these practices in the contemporary cultural landscape and challenge the conventions of a collecting institution. Engagement Party is made possible by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

Parking for MOCA Grand Avenue
Parking is recommended at the Walt Disney Concert Hall garage. Parking is also available in surrounding lots.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Lyn Winter
Tel 213/633-5390
lwinter@moca.org

Jessica Youn
Tel 213/633-5322
jyoun@moca.org

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

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