Friday Flights hosted by Total Freedom
The Getty Center, Los Angeles, May 28, 2015
Friday Flights is an inter-disciplinary performance series at the Getty Center that brings together a network of Los Angeles-based musicians, visual artists, and creative thinkers. Each session is hosted by artists whose work blurs the worlds of music and contemporary art. Consisting of anything but a traditional concert, they are invited to bring in a range of creative collaborators to develop the evening's program.
Ashland Mines, aka Total Freedom, is a DJ, producer, and infamous party-maker, who has been at the center of the recent revitalization of Los Angeles's club music scene. A founding member of Fade to Mind, which positions itself as a record label and a movement, his DJ sets build a hyperactive sonic collage sourced from online found sound and violent noise effects as well as dance beats and pop hits. Mines co-produced a regular party called Wildness, which took place at a MacArthur Park club that was home to a transgender Latin American immigrant community, and attracted LA's underground dance-music and queer-art scenes. This intersection of subcultures became the subject of an award-winning documentary in 2012 by Mines' collaborator, visual artist Wu Tsang. Expanding on the film's themes, Mines collaborated with Tsang and singer Kelela for Breakdown, a performance at London's Tate Modern in 2013. Mines's work has increasingly surfaced in the art world through collaborations with contemporary artists like Ryan Trecartin, and by curating a performance marathon at New York's Suzanne Geiss Gallery. He is currently included in Surround Audience, the New Museum's Triennial, a major exhibition of early-career artists which opened earlier this year in New York.
Contributions included video screenings of new and recent work by Trecartin-Fitch Studio, boychild, Jacolby Satterwhite, Jesse Kanda, Chino Amobi, Daniel Swan, and Kyselina.
Talk and performance by Elysia Crampton.
In-gallery cello performance by Patrick Belaga.
DJ set by Bekele Berhanu.
Dance performance by Christopher Argodale.