Music x Ideas x Space = Compose LA
Jarina de Marco
SA Smythe, Ph.D.
GIRLSCHOOL x Compose LA
Curated by Anna Bulbrook, Founder and Artistic Director, GIRLSCHOOL
Location: Navel, 1611 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Doors open: 7:00pm
Artist: Maral, Jarina de marco, and Jasmine Albuquerque
Speaker: SA Smythe, Ph.D.
Through a new collaboration between composer Maral and GIRLSCHOOL, JELLY will explore radical self-love using the medium of Jell-O as an avatar for the very strange universal human experience of embodiment. Exploring and transforming the sounds of traditional Iranian music, Los Angeles-based artist Maral has formed a unique vision of club music, one that embraces her heritage and recontextualizes it for a new audience. She is collaborating with creative visionary and interdisciplinary artist Jarina de Marco and choreographer Jasmine Albuquerque on the questions: What does it meant to be embodied? What does "body positivity" mean? What gives a body value? By pushing the limits of the once-celebrated medium of Jell-O, JELLY investigates, dismantles, and laughs at the rigid cultural expectations and false dichotomies that tell us what makes a “good” body, the value we ascribe to “jiggle” and “bounce,” and how we decide what is “cool."
Dr. SA Smythe (they/ them) is a poet, translator, and scholar of Black European Literary & Cultural Studies, Contemporary Mediterranean Studies, and Black Trans Poetics. Smythe’s research is focused on literature and other cultural responses to racism, misogyny, colonialism, and other relational aspects of inequality and oppression between Europe (in particular, Italy), East Africa, and the Mediterranean. They are an assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at UCLA, currently completing the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.
This event was planned in collaboration with Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. Compose LA is a new city-wide new music, new ideas festival planned in conjunction with Department of Cultural Affairs – City of Los Angeles, American Composers Forum of Los Angeles, University of California Humanities Research Institute, and the Center for Music Innovation – UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. For information about the full roster of events, go to the DCA website: https://culturela.org/programs-and-initiatives/compose-la-2019/.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
No, however a no-host bar is TBD. If so, patrons may be asked for their ID.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The main entrance to Navel is in the alleyway at (418) Venice Blvd, please look for signs. There are two sets of stairs up to the venue and limited parking around the venue. However, there is a parking lot around the corner from main entrance. The parking lot is called Unified located at 1631 S. Hope Street. Parking begins at $5.00.
What can I bring into the event?
The venue is ADA accessible. The elevator is located at the Hope Street entrance. Please call Molly at 818.400.2479 for access.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
What's the refund policy?
All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited to the capacity of the sites and event times and programs are subject to change. RSVP does not garantee a seat. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
February 11 @ 7:30pm
where:Navel, 1611 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90015 (map)