Amidst “City as Wunderkammer” Festival, Fulcrum Arts Throws First Fundraising Gala

Robert Crouch, left, Lia Halloran and Lawrence EnglishCongresswoman Judy Chu, poses with from left: Peter Knell, Nancy Tytone-Leb and Richard HaluschakCiara Ennis, left, and Yann NovakMusician William Basinski, center, poses with from left: Ryan Albert, Sarah McCabe William, Maya Bon and Doug LeeLynn Tejeda poses for a picture at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), CaltechJoe Stewart and Andrew RyceJoe Stewart and Andrew RyceA picture of Albert Einstein who taught at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), CaltechLawrence English, left, and William Basinski perform during the Fulcrum Arts 2018 Annual Benefit.Guests during the Fulcrum Arts 2018 Annual Benefit.

Photography by JAMES CARBONE

4:37 am | November 9, 2018

Fulcrum Arts, known formerly the Pasadena Arts Council, held its annual fundraising benefit Wednesday night in the midst of its biennial AxS Festival: City as Wunderkammer, which continues to run through this Sunday.

The annual benefit was held Wednesday, November 7 at the Carnegie Observatory campus and featured preeminent sound artists William Basinski and Lawrence English captivating the audience with their World Premiere performance of “Selva Oscura,” the first fruit of their collaboration which has spanned the past half decade.

The benefit honored Basinski and Caltech LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, a large-scale physics experiment and observatory to detect cosmic gravitational waves and develop gravitational-wave observations.

Fulcrum Arts and its ongoing AxS Festival emphasize the relationship of art and science which makes Pasadena such an incredibly rich community, where institutions such as Carnegie Observatories and Caltech have opened their doors to artists in support of them as they explore the work of scientists.

As Fulcrum Arts Executive and Artistic Director Robert Crouch said, science and art intersect more often than people may think. As an example, he said the history of music is also the history of technology.

“Instruments are artifacts of technology,” Crouch said earlier in announcing the AxS Festival this year. “They’re products of science. And the history of music has been developed in tandem with these technological advances.”

Exhibits during the Festival include “Moons” at the ArtCenter College of Design, a sculptural mobile garden made from old junk in Altadena, a display of Japanese Shigaraki ceramics, a prism-based installation that will project light onto various parts of Pasadena, a staged reading of the play “Constellations” at A Noise Within, and a 12-minute musical composition that plays through six decommissioned Los Angeles Civil Defense System sirens throughout the L.A. area at dusk each day.

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