Pasadena Arts Council Welcomes Los Angeles Artist Sarah Rara for a Three-Month Residency at Caltech

Published : Friday, September 29, 2017 | 3:24 PM


An artist will spend time among scientists at Caltech thanks to an innovative program called the AxS Incubator, which is funded in part by the Pasadena Art Alliance.

Sarah Rara is a Los Angeles-based artist working with video, sound, and performance. She is a contributing member of the ongoing project Lucky Dragons. Her work focuses on human-technology relationships, observation and time, and the overlap between lyrical and empirical structures.

Her work, solo and in collaboration, has been presented at such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art (as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial), the Hammer Museum, Documenta 14 in Athens, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, London’s Institute for Contemporary Art, PS1 in New York, REDCAT and LACMA in Los Angeles, MOCA Los Angeles, the 54th Venice Biennale, and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among others.

This fall, Rara will conduct an open-ended, three-month research residency at two biology labs at Caltech: Goentoro Lab and Dickinson Lab. Rara will observe and participate in dialogue and experiments with the resident scientists as they study the biomechanical nature of jellyfish and fruit flies.

The AxS Incubator is a residency program that will provide midcareer artists with opportunities to develop new ideas, new methods and even new raw materials by forging deep connections to Pasadena’s remarkable array of scientific, research, technological, design, and cultural assets.

The AxS Incubator is funded in part by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pasadena Art Alliance.


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