Lucky Dragons is an ongoing collaboration between Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck. Active as a band since 2000, they are known for their participatory approach to making music, radically inclusive live shows, and playful, humanistic use of digital tools. Fischbeck and Rara have presented collaborative work in a wide variety of contexts, including the Whitney Museum of American Art (as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial), the Centre Georges Pompidou, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, London's Institute for Contemporary Art, The Kitchen and PS1 in New York, REDCAT and LACMA in Los Angeles, MOCA Los Angeles, the 54th Venice Biennale, and the Smithsonian's Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among others. The name "lucky dragons" is borrowed from a fishing vessel that was caught in the fallout from h-bomb tests in the mid-1950's, an incident which sparked international outcry and gave birth to the worldwide anti-nuclear movement. (photo by Tom Hall)
Sarah Rara's hour-long film A Ray Array (2011) is on view at the James Cohan Gallery through May 5th. The film comprises 15 visual and aural essays on the idea of interference, that range, in the artist's words, "from the failure of a message to be discernable, to sudden interruptions, visual disturbances, the interaction of two sound signals, instability, and optical effects" with an original score by Lucky Dragons.
Inquiring into the complexities of digital mediation, composer Luke Fischbeck of Lucky Dragons gathered thousands of Google Alerts for the seemingly redundant phrase “actual reality” as the basis for his latest multichannel composition. The score features an ensemble of acoustic musicians with spatialized amplified sound as Fischbeck generates a matrix of software-driven cancellations and reinforcements to engage the audience in a participatory act of listening and orientation.
Photo: Luke Fischbeck with Mary Pearson, Thee Urxed and Sarah Rara at REDCAT - Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater