Emily Mast

4030 N. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90031 mastonfig@gmail.com

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Everything, Nothing, Something, Always (Walla!), 2009, performance, 3 hours
With: Mckinley Belcher III, Ren Bell, Shannon Haff, Hana Van Der Kolk, Justin Streichman
The Artificial Audience: Pat Ellis, Rachele Honcharik, Lloyd Knight, Amanda Mehl, Dana Moon, Ginan Nakshbendi, Shaheed Sabrin & Alexandera Wade
Composer: Alan Chan
Lyrics: Rene Daumal
Accordion: Elwyn Ellis
Guitar: Jack Cimo
Presented at: USC Roski Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles

Everything, Nothing, Something, Always (Walla!) is a timebased installation that is comprised of a one-act theatrical play that loops live over a three hour period. Each of its nine iterations varies slightly as a necessary result of its serial repetition. The play simultaneously functions as a performative “sculpture” in the center of the exhibition space, visible from all angles. The central concerns of the work include: a distinct distrust of both certainty and the ideal of truth; the imprecision of language; and the ways in which the polyphonous references that influence a work become the primary terrain for an articulation of confusion as not only an essential condition for artistic production but also its subject.