Breakdown is a performance conceived for the Tanks by Kelela, Ashland Mines and Wu Tsang. Part grand illusion and part humble direct action, this stage show is meant to explore the idea of honesty. Honesty not in the sense of being morally upright, but in the sense of being true to desires or needs. The artists use basic elements of voice, sound, and light to create continuity (storytelling) through a series of constructions/breakdowns, in which the song is simultaneously the derivative and the original. Breakdown is part of an ongoing series of parties/sound/experiences that began in Los Angeles
This event is related to Wildness.
Kelela is a Los Angeles-based vocalist and songwriter who brings the traditions of timeless songwriting and heartfelt vocal performance to the world of innovative electronic music. She has been featured on records by Daedelus (‘Bespoke’/Ninja Tune), Teengirl Fantasy (‘Tracer’/True Panther), and Kingdom’s upcoming EP (Fade To Mind). As a performance artist, Kelela participated in the ‘Blasting Voice’ series curated by Ashland Mines (aka TOTAL FREEDOM) at Suzanne Geiss Company in New York. She most recently opened for Solange Knowles and her mixtape (featuring production by Girl Unit, Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, and Jam City) will be released Spring 2013 on Fade To Mind.
Ashland Mines is an artist living in Los Angeles. Known internationally for his DJing and music production under the name Total Freedom (and recently called ‘the best DJ in the United States’ by Interview magazine), Ashland is also known for his work curating and producing events. Recent projects have been presented at the New Museum and Suzanne Geiss Company in New York, as well as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.
Wu Tsang is an artist and filmmaker whose work has been exhibited recently in the 2012 Whitney Biennial and New Museum Triennial in New York, the ICA Philadelphia, MOCA Los Angeles and the Gwangju Biennial (South Korea). Tsang’s film Wildness received its world premiere at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight. He is a 2012 Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellow and has received support from the Good Works Foundation, Frameline, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the IFP Documentary Lab, Art Matters, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.