In ancient and possibly contemporary (displaced by technology) nomadic culture of unknown origins and undeterminable destinations, the human capacity of transposing existential bandwidth depended on the archival quality of its receptacle, natural tangibles then, intangible codes now. Gala Porras-Kim explores the epistemological capacity of artifacts with or without human intervention and the potential and challenges of transferrable nuances of unfamiliar cultures. Porras-Kim’s conscientiously selected rocks in For Prospective Rock/Artifact Projection trace back to the Papaloapan River in southern Mexico, where in 1986 fishermen uncovered four artifacts bearing an undeciphered Isthmian script. Providing variables (rhythm, phrase, time lengths, grammar), the rocks formulate chance operations from which the viewers can approximate and expound theories; video footage of a submerged boulder crossfades information available to the listener. (KG). commonwealthandcouncil.com/exhibitions/feb15/GP/images.html

The writing of stones, 2015, Sandstone, linen on panel, 48 1/2” x 37” x 3”

Composite artifact 3, 2015, Sandstone, schist, monzonite, resin, LED, wood Approx. 5 1/2” x 14” x 9 1/2”

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Max Presneill & Kio Griffith from ARTRA Curatorial is a volunteer organization for the implementation of new modes of exhibition, locally, nationally and internationally, that feature artist-led emerging platforms and opportunity based interactions and community building via social practice type events. Founded in 2009, the group has instigated large scale art events and exchanges, as well as the alternative art fair Co/Lab, throughout Los Angeles and has new projects being presented in China, France and UK in 2014, as well as the continuation of their MAS ATTACK series of events both in LA and other US cities.

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