Jun 13, 12:55 PM
Christian Mayer's Palm Capsule, MAK Center, June 24th and 25th, Los Angeles
Conceived and compiled by Christian Mayer
On Wednesday, June 24th, from 7:00-9:00 PM the contributions to the capsule will be on display at the Mackey Apartments for the only time before going underground the next day.
Featuring a lecture by Victoria Dailey
Followed by a conversation with Dailey, Christian Mayer, and MAK Center director Kimberli Meyer
Mackey Garage Top
1137 South Cochran Ave
Los Angeles 90019
Burial ceremony for Palm Capsule
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Exposition Park, next to the historic palm tree. Enter Exposition Park Drive from Figueroa Street. Parking is available in the visitor lot.
Located in Exposition Park since 1914, the tree’s life story can be traced back to the late 1850s when it was moved from its origin in California’s Colorado Desert to San Pedro Street, and then to the front of the main entrance of the Southern Pacific Railway Station in 1888. As the tree greeted thousand of new arrivals to the city during its 26 years outside the station, it earned status as an L.A. landmark.
Christian Mayer’s artwork Palm Capsule intends to prolong this living history into the 22nd century by burying an airtight, 14×14×30-inch stainless steel box filled with scientific and artistic contributions developed by primarily Los Angeles-based artists, writers and scientists after an exploration of the tree and its story. Buried next to the palm and intended to remain underground for 100 years, this capsule pens a note to the people of the year 2115. With contents positioned between science and fiction, it does not intend to give an accurate record of historical events, but rather initiate a sort of myth that can be reconstructed out of these fragments and spread after its unearthing.
Palm Capsule features contributions by the following artists: Kathryn Andrews, James Benning, Kaucyila Brooke, York Chang, Young Chung, Zoe Crosher, Morgan Fisher, Andreas Fogarasi, Andrea Fraser, Mariah Garnett, Lenz Haring, Marcus Herse, Darcy Huebler, Alice Könitz, Sonia Leimer, Devon McDonald-Hyman, Davida Nemeroff, Luciano Perna, Gala Porras-Kim, Stephen Prina, Six & Petritsch, Mandla Reuter, Stephanie Taylor, Geoff Tuck, James Welling, Alexander Wolff, Heimo Zobernig
Essays, lyrics and poems by: Donald R. Hodel, Alexis Hyman Wolff, Christian Mayer, Herbert Mayer, Kimberli Meyer, Erin Olivia Weber