Los Angeles Road Concerts | Sunday, December 9, 2012

MUC Collaborative, "Idiomatic Road Interventions"

Kicked the Bucket (English) – to die
I’m not hanging noodles on your ears (Russian) – I’m not joking
Cleaner than a frog’s armpit (Spanish) – to be poor

Idioms are a peculiar form of non-literal language that can spark your imagination and tap into the illogical functions of your brain. These cryptic language puzzles are solvable only if you already know the answer in advance. Idiomatic expressions are odd, but far from the periphery of language. People everywhere on earth express themselves this way—they are central to how we communicate. Based on his research, linguist Steven Pinker believes that we have as many idioms in our long-term memory as we have words.

MUC’s “Idiomatic Road Interventions,” likens the twists and turns of LA’s Mulholland Drive to the unexpected and sudden turns of meaning in idiomatic phrases. Keep an eye out for idiom banner interventions on the roadside, the hillside, and in the treetops as you traverse this historical urban-rural cruising derive. You’ll find short spurts of humor, inspiration, and other oddities just around the bend!

Carnival of Insecurities at RAID Projects, Los Angeles, CA (May 2012)

In this performance and installation we explore the age-old mass appeal of the carnival; an exciting, stress-relieving, and somewhat dark event for anyone. Filled with twists on classic carnival entertainment, our version of a fun fair examines life's expectations and the anxiety arising from them.

The exhibit opened on May 4, 2012 and closed on May 24, 2012 with special performances on the 4th, 18th, and 24th.

More Carnival of Insecurities Images & Videos

Photo Credit: Lindsey Woodard

MUC Projections

Church of Peace Show: The Group Show No. 1
June 23, 2012

More MUC Projections

Video Quinceañera by Christina Pierson
Painting Hootnanny by Victoria Tao

MUC at A Brush With the Past
Claremont Art Walk: October 7, 2011

The Emergence of Dr. Robo-love (2011)

We transform ourselves into one giant psychotherapy robot that can advise you on how to “seize the date.” Curious? See it happen before your eyes!

More Dr. Robo-love Images & Videos

Dr. Robo-love 

Video from our 4-minute performance of Always Talk to Strangers: Seize the Date
at Third Strike: 100 Performances for the Hole
December 10, 2011 at SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, California

MUC's Self-Help Yourself Revolution and Evolution

A limited collection of self-improvement books was provided in a booth for those brave enough to read self-help in a public space. Is it a badge of shame or a proudly displayed banner to admit that you are curious for someone else’s answers? The booth was first made available to the public on sidewalks and other public spaces in Los Angeles starting February of 2010.

Self-Help Yourself: "Karaoke Therapy" is an interactive mobile performance piece that takes self-help out of our private lives and into a public space through the use of a mobile self-help book library and karaoke.

More Self-Help Yourself Images and Videos

Self-Help Yourself: "Karaoke Therapy" at The San Pedro Art Walk, April 5, 2012
Gallery Neuartig, San Pedro, California

Self-Help Yourself: "Karaoke Therapy," September 18, 2011, L.A. Road Concert,
Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

Self-Help Yourself: "Karaoke Therapy," May 14 and June 4, 2011, 
RAID Projects, Los Angeles, California

The performances on May 14th and June 4th are our response to the reaction of those that crossed our paths on April 16, 2011 and April 17, 2011 at The Brewery Art Walk when self-helping ourselves.


Self-Help Yourself: An Unofficial Installation, April 16 and 17, 2011, 
The Brewery Arts Complex, Los Angeles, California

On April 16th and 17th, the booth was equipped with a hidden camera to record the reactions of random pedestrians from a book’s point of view.  

April 16, 2011

April 17, 2011

Hidden camera footage from the self-help booth over the two days.

Self-Help Yourself, PDA (Public Displays of Art) 2011, Echo Park Art Walk
Los Angeles, California

2009 - 2010 Earlier Works: Installations & Curatorial Projects

More 2009-2010 Earlier Works

MUC presents A Video Show at Mandrake, Los Angeles, California (2010)

MUC Projections at Señor Fish, Los Angeles, California (2010)

Shantytown Wonderland at The Brewery Art Walk
The Brewery Arts Complex, Los Angeles, California (2009)

MUC Installation at ZOË: A Pilates Studio, Pasadena, California (2009)