It’s 1982 and Anna is driving an ocean blue classic Cadillac to meet renowned poet and playwright Deena Metzger in Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles. Passing a nondescript desert patch where tall wheat and mustard flowers grow, Anna opens her mouth and sings in a salient stream of rhythmic, melodic sound.
Firstdraft and Liquid Architecture host Californian performance artist Anna Homler in the courtyard for a program that presents her otherworldly practice exploring mythical vocalese, unknown languages and the poetics of ordinary things.
Against a backdrop of archival ephemera, Homler will speak about Breadwoman: the legendary being she ‘manifested’ in collaboration with Steve Moshier in the 1980s downtown L.A performance scene.
Homler will be joined by Megan Clune as they introduce the performance collection Pharmacia Poetica—an ongoing project that plunges into the transformative power of sound and images as it prescribes a melody for every malady— ahead of their collaboration for the NOW Now
This program follows Homler’s unique voice, developed over three decades of improvised performance through an artist-led talk, interspersed with sound clips, performance, and a Q&A with Dr. Lindsay Kelley.
Presented by Liquid Architecture and Firstdraft in association with MOFO 2018. A Liquid Architecture project curated by Cara Stewart.collaborators
Anna Homler is a vocal, visual and performance artist based in Los Angeles. Exploring alternative means of communication and the poetics of ordinary objects, Homler sings in a melodic improvised language that is both ancient and contemporary—searching for the symbolic and tonal qualities of words and everyday objects.
Megan Clune shifts between musician, composer and artist. Primarily, her work consists of a dissection of musical elements and contexts through verbal or text-based scores, sound installation and collaboration. Megan has presented work and undertaken residencies across Australia, Europe and North America, including the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, Underbelly Arts, Next Wave Festival, Performa 15 and more.Acknowledgements
We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the custodians of the land in which this event takes place, and we recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.partners