Fulcrum Arts is holding the 2022 Fulcrum Festival from Thursday, Sept. 15, through Sunday, Sept. 25.
For over 20 years, Fulcrum Festival (formerly the AxS Festival) has presented a regional celebration exploring the intersections of art and science across greater Los Angeles.
This year, the event is titled “Deep Ocean/Deep Space” and will feature exhibitions, performances, lectures, screenings and workshops presented by more than a dozen partner organizations exploring the furthest reaches of space and the depths of the oceans.
The festival gathers the community to revel in the mysteries surrounding us and expand on what we know in astronomy and oceanography.
Partners include the LACMA Art + Tech Lab, as well as 18th Street Art Center, Carnegie Observatories, L.A. Dance Project, Leonardo/ISAST LASER, Mt. Wilson Observatory., NASA/JPL, Pasadena City College Center for the Arts, Pitzer College Art Galleries, Shumei Arts Council, Side Street Projects, SUPERCOLLIDER, UCLA Art Sci Center and Zebulon. The festival highlights a collaboration with LACMA Art+ Technology Lab and L.A. Dance Project on Sept. 16-17 presenting the work “BIGUIDIRIBELA” by the Mexican artist group MUXX Project.
The work explores the possibility of multiple gender identities in a 21st century context.
“We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s festival as we welcome highly acclaimed local and international artists,” said Robert Crouch, executive and artistic director of Fulcrum Arts. “Our long standing focus on the profound connections between art and science are celebrated this year by exploring the astounding symmetries of deep oceans and deep space.
These explorations are as immediate and relevant to the current climate crisis as they are celestial and otherworldly.
The 2022 Fulcrum Festival is an opportunity for a kind of magically critical engagement with our world, with our community and with ourselves.”
This year’s festival theme creates a framework to explore critical ecological issues as and the vastness and wonder of scientific frontiers.
The Los Angeles region has a long history as both a nexus of the art world and a center for science and technology.
While often described as occupying opposite ends of the spectrum, art and science are embraced in the festival as symbiotic and powerful components of contemporary culture.
“The Fulcrum Festival timing couldn’t be better as we move closer to the 2024 opening of the next ‘Pacific Standard Time’ focusing on art and science,” added Joan Weinstein, director of the Getty Foundation and organizer for “Pacific Standard Time,” a regionwide collaboration of linked exhibitions and programs among cultural organizations throughout Southern California. “The Fulcrum Festival lineup promises audiences an exciting perspective on the relationship between deep space and deep oceans.” Tickets are available for the individual events in the festival.
For a full list of programs and information, visit fulcrumfestival.org.
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