Testing The Mechanics

LA Samuelson
August 4- 27, 2023

Testing the Mechanics is a new installation that uses multiplayer cassette tape loops to pass sound through a circulatory system of magnetic tape underneath the floor. Visitors dip their heads into holes to listen through the static. Testing the Mechanics is a work about the timing and fragility of internal change, and directing from the inside even when you can’t see where you are going. It also asks questions about boundaries between reality/fantasy, past/future/present, death/rebirth, above/below. Testing the Mechanics was created with collaborating sound artist Adam Stone.

Special thanks so Barbara Brown Sengelman, Erika Randall, Michelle Ellsworth, Lisa Egger, Kyle Ruzicka, Louise Martorano, Leigh Kargol, Emily K Harrison, Thad Mighell, Annie Geimer, Jerry Stone, David Moke, Adam Stone, Rick Samuelson, Coates Samuelson and Elle Hong.


Artist Bio:

LA Samuelson is an interdisciplinary artist working in contemporary performance, sculpture, and media. Their work follows the transmission of feeling across objects, sites, and bodies, searching for new strategies to help us bear impermanence, attachments to living, and to one another. Their projects have been presented nationally and internationally, and their current work is supported by the National Performance Network and the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. They hold an MFA from the University of Colorado-Boulder and are a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hamilton College.


Public Hours:

Thursdays through Sundays, 12:00pm – 6:00pm, August 4th – August 27th, 2023

Opening Celebration: August 4th, 6:00pm  – 9:00pm

Understudy is free-to-visit and open to all. We are located at the Colorado Convention Center / Theatre District light rail stop near 14th and Stout. Look for the Shantell Martin art bench.

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