April 23rd, 2012

Last Thursday, I had the chance to go to the preview and opening of “TRANSMISSION LA: AV CLUB” at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles. It’s the second edition of the TRANSMISSION festival organized by the Avant/Garde Diaries, a Mercedes-Benz project. Mike D of the Beastie Boys is the curator of this edition, he invited 17 artists to create an exceptional 17 days event consisting of concerts, DJ nights, performances and installations. I must say that Mike D and the team did an excellent job, it’s a true AV Club experience. The line-up of artists is just up my alley: Tom Sachs, Cory Arcangel, Mike Mills, Takeshi Murata, …
Not only is there art to see, but you can also get a Korean BBQ Taco by Roy Choi. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays there is music in the evening. So if you’re in L.A. you can go and visit TRANSMISSION LA: AV CLUB till May 6th. You really should!

Here’s a video of Mike D giving you a tour through the exhibition.

And here’re some of my favorite artworks.

This video installation by Ben Jones is just amazing, I want this in my living room. BTW, that’s me there.

photo by Marcus Werner

This installation by Ara Peterson & Jim Drain was made of many many pinwheels. Very mesmerizing.

A very nice neon installation by Peter Coffin.

The headliner of the opening night was Santigold. Fun!

photo by Marcus Werner

As I mentioned before, the whole event is basically a Mercedes-Benz sponsored event and they were also the people who invited me. So they took the opportunity to show their new Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupé. Well, you can definitely tell it’s Mercedes-Benz and that it’s a show car. For me the most interesting part about the car, was its turn lights, which have some sort of kinect mexican-wave effect. I must give Mercedes-Benz some credit for being not all too in the foreground. The car itself has it’s own space in the exhibition and in the outside area there’s a huge Mercedes star hanging from some golden chains. A nice touch by Mike D, referring to his previous love for a different German car brand.

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