The Dialectic of the Stars (photo credit Yuyan Wang)

Tasked with forging artistic connections between France and Southern California, FLAX (France Los Angeles Exchange) Foundation will launch one of its most ambitious projects to date, The Dialectic of the Stars. Organized by curator-in-residence Fabien Danesi, the two-week performance, video, and music festival features 19 artists and collectives from France and the US.

Hoël Duret, “NFT pH<7” (2017), video still (© ADAGP Paris, 2017)

To prepare for his residency, Danesi watched over 100 films about LA, and the festival reflects a complex vision of the city that encompasses both its manufactured and sincere qualities — its image-based fantasy, as well as its geographic and social reality. The Dialectic will take place at five distinctive venues throughout the city: the Sowden House, LACE, Zebulon, Ford Theatres, and LA Dance Project, with each night’s program tailored to the site. Notable events include a screening of Teherangeles by Arash Nassiri, Fouad Bouchoucha’s motorcycle concert, and a collaborative dance piece from Rafaela Lopez, as well as performances from Geneva Skeen, Lucky Dragons, Emily Mast, and others. In addition, Paris-based artist Nicolas Momein will create a mobile sculpture, which will change with each venue it is presented at. All events are free, but some require advanced registration due to limited space.

When: Sunday, February 11–Sunday, February 25
Where: Five venues throughout Los Angeles

More info here.

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, CARLA, Apollo, ARTNews, and other publications.