Carmina Escobar (photo courtesy of the artist)

From Edvard Munch’s iconic 1893 painting to Vito Acconci’s 1971 performance piece “Sound Barrier,” in which he aggressively tried to muffle the screams of a collaborator, the scream has been an existential inspiration for countless artists. This weekend, the arts organization Navel will host a range of artists, musicians, and performers who will present their own interpretations in Project Scream, a 2018–19 sound project from the Center for Integrated Media at CalArts and the curatorial initiative The event is curated by Fy and Tom Leeser — Program Administrator and Director of the Center for Integrated Media respectively — and experimental vocalist Carmina Escobar.

More than simply a response to contemporary political and social anxieties, the organizers were inspired by the Buddhist notion of the scream as a transformative act to achieve enlightenment and compassion. Participants include sound artist and opera singer Micaela Tobin, curator and writer Ana Iwataki, Erin Demastes, whose work straddles art and science, and several others.

When: Saturday, January 26, 8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
Where: Navel (1611 S Hope Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)

More info at Navel.

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Matt Stromberg

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.