Biography

Adam Overton is an experimental and conceptual artist based in Los Angeles who works between performance, writing, publishing, experimental music, workshops, event production, and massage. He works closely with Guru Rugu as co-director of the experimental meditation center of los angeles and as a ghostwriter for Guru Rugu’s Experimental Meditation Hour on KCHUNG Radio. He also serves as chief translator of the writer and agitator, Matador Oven, author of A Dabblerist Manifesto, which was designed by Tanya Rubbak and published online and in print by the Library of Sacred Technologies. During the spring and summer of 2013, he undertook residencies at NODAR in Portugal (April 2013), and Cannonball in Miami (June-Aug 2013), and toured, performed, and lectured across Europe (May 2013) and the United States (late May and late Aug 2013). He connects regularly with a variety of artist-peers via several collaborative platforms, including Signify, Sanctify, Believe, The Eternal Telethon, and UploadDownloadPerform.net. In late 2012, he presented the collaborative exhibition and free speech auditorium, BESHTThe Bureau of Experimental Speech and Holy Theses – at the Pomona College Museum of Art, in collaboration with Tanya Rubbak and Prof. Padu Paga, and featuring contributions from over a dozen fantastic artists and 5Cs community members.

 

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Some ongoing projects and community involvements include:

 

... serving as amanuensis to and close confidante of the esteemed, charismatic, best-selling self-published self-helper, Guru Rugu, especially on his show Guru Rugu’s Experimental Meditation Hour on KCHUNG Radio. He recently toured with Guru Rugu in the spring and summer of 2013, helping to facilitate experimental meditations in Porto & Sul (Portugal), Berlin, Paris, Miami, Atlanta, St. Louis, Lawrence, and Salt Lake City. He also serves as an occasional ghostwriter and proofreader for Guru Rugu's ongoing, semi-monthly publication series, Guru Rugu's Tractatus (Feb 2013 to present), which was recently exhibited at Insert Blanc Press HQ (Nov 2013) ...

 

 

... serving as chief translator of the writer and agitator, Matador Oven, author of A Dabblerist Manifesto, which was designed by Tanya Rubbak, and published online and in print as part of the Library of Sacred Technologies (April 2011). He also translated Oven's Ripe For Embarrassment: For A New Musical Masochism, a proposal for a new paradigm in composer-performer relations wherein the composer is a masochist seeking his or her own humiliation at the hands of a determinedly indeterminate performer (keywords: John Cage, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Julius Eastman, malicious compliance), published by the Experimental Music Yearbook (Winter 2013). Overton has delivered Oven's lecture in Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Toronto, Porto, Miami, Kansas City, and elsewhere ...

 

 

... the establishment and continued operation of the experimental meditation center of los angeles—which has no center—in collaboration with co-founder Guru Rugu. the experimental meditation center of los angeles hosts sporadic, intimate gatherings for engaging in a variety of experimental artist-facilitated activities, including guided meditation marathons, collaborative visualizations, inspirational professional development, hippy shit, and more ...

 

 

... the maintenance of and contribution to Upload .. Download .. Perform . net, an online wiki-repository for artists, composers, choreographers, et al, to share contemporary experimental performance scores (est. Oct 2008) ...

 

 

Some upcoming projects include:

 

... the development of the Experimental Leadership Forum (ELF) with Elana Mann, featuring experimental professional development workshops for artists in topic areas generally not offered to artists, such as public speaking, panel moderation, speaking to the media, journalism, debate, conflict resolution, diplomacy, community organizing, and more (hopefully coming in 2014!) ...

 

 

Recent projects and performances have included:

 

... the publication New Music for a New Age: Return to Nature! on  East of Borneo, which focuses on the musics and apologetics of eden ahbez, Anton LaVey, and Pauline Oliveros (Summer 2013) ...

 

 

... a residency at Cannonball in Miami, featuring a the temporary establishment of an eastcoast outpost of the experimental meditation center of los angeles. Events in Miami included a ground-breaking ceremony with a chicken ritual sans santeria, a massage workshop for artists, an Experimental Meditation Open Mic, a Bed-In & Breakfast with Jacqueline Falcone featuring nearly a dozen Miami artists, plus several more editions of Guru Rugu's Tractatus publication series ...

 

 

... BESHT—The Bureau of Experimental Speech and Holy Theses! (1 Nov – 16 Dec 2012), hosted at the Pomona College Museum of Art, was an experiment in public address that explored the commingling of speech, authority, and performance. BESHT visitors witnessed the artists, writers, performers, and designer of BESHT delighting in various forms of rhetorical play, ranging from dictation to meditation to proclamation. The exhibition and related projects featured a series of weekly events that temporarily converted the project space into an experimental public speaking hall. During the rest of the week, BESHT served as a reading room and Free Speech Auditorium with an occasional Diction-for-Dollars Open Mic for adventurous students, faculty, and visitors. All BESHT proceedings were broadcast and archived online, and five issues of our BESHT Weekly newspaper publication, conceptualized with and designed by collaborator Tanya Rubbak, accompanied the exhibition ...

 

 

... Signify, Sanctify, Believe (SSB) (2011–2013), in collaboration with Tanya Rubbak, Claire Cronin and dozens of artist-seekers, was a semi-secular artist collective invested in the gentle, temporary, playful exploration of [semi-]fictional religious technologies. Together with its powerful publishing wing—The Library of Sacred Technologies—and its splintered ministerial branch—The Saints and Servants of the Order of [Con]Temporary Religious ObservanceSignify, Sanctify, Believe featured the devout writings and sanctified rituals of over 60 artist-seekers. SSB spent two weeks in residence hosting artist-led services and sermons at The Free Church of Public Fiction (April-May 2011), and led pilgrimages to Xhurch in Portland, OR (May 2012) and the Salt Lake Alt Press (SLAP) Festival in Salt Lake City (July 2012). The Library of Sacred Technologies has been featured in Dallas, and again during the Los Angeles Art Book Fair at MOCA in February 2013 ...

 

 

... an overnight Hammer Dream-In at the Hammer Museum (1-2 May 2010), involving experimental artist-led dreaming workshops, evening and morning concerts, dream re-enactments, and more, as part of Machine Project's year-long public engagement residency ...

 

 

... the production of an artSpa energy assessment for the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (Fall 2009, released 2010), in partnership with Machine Project during a year-long engagement at the Hammer; the assessment employed several artist-psychics, -intuitives, -channelers, -ghost-hunters, et al, in order to energetically map the institution, and to provide actionable suggestions for improving the energetic interface for all visitors, spirits, and museum administrators ...

 

 

... artSpa, a sporadic public interface for art-and-then-somes - artists living double-lives as bodyworkers, yoga teachers, psychics, healers, and new age dabblers - involving artist-run walk-in clinics, workshops, experimental meditation groups, new age aesthetics panels, touchy-feely music events, and more, plus the creation of the artPlus list-serv (since May 2007) ...

 

 

... the subtle bodies series, a series of investigations featuring subtle, barely-noticed experiments in sound, movement, action, and energy within public spaces, led by artists, performers, choreographers, and sound artists ...

 

 

... participation as a board member of the experimental music space, the wulf. (2008-2013), a board member of the gallery and project space Sea and Space Explorations in Highland Park (2008-2009), an advisory committee member for the interdisciplinary body-based residency program Genesis Project LA (2007-2009), and participation in various projects and brainstorms with Machine Project (2004 to present) ...

 

 

Many of my text-scores, as well as images from my performances, have been published in:

 

. Antennae Journal 11 (May 2010), a collection of texts, performance scores, and poetry, ed. Jesse Seldess

 

. itch dance journal #10: MANIFESTO (Winter 2010), eds. Taisha Paggett, Meg Wolfe, and Sarah Wolf

 

. A Machine Project Field Guide to `LACMA (Dec 2009), eds. Mark Allen, Jason Brown, and Liz Glynn

 

. Out of Nothing, Issue #1 (2009), "an electronic publication featuring new works in image, sound, text and the digital arts, as well as works located at the intersections between these media."

 

. Natural Born Fluxus (Nov 2008), an anthology of childhood-related scores, ed. Cecil Touchon

 

. i left this here for you to read #7 (Fall 2008), a randomly distributed 'zine, ed. Tim Devin

 

. Possibilities of Action: The Life of the Score, an exhibition of scores at Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) (June-Oct 2008), curated by Barbara Held & Pilar Subira

 

. maulwerker performing music (Berlin, July 2008), in performance and on notecard

 

. invisible performances pamphlets, a series of free pamphlets composed for Machine Project interventions at an art-faire, craft-faire, book-faire, and LACMA-happening (2007-2008).

 

. Other scores and writings have also appeared over the years in FOARM Journal of Arts & Research, Ratsalad Deluxe, Leonardo Journal, Contemporary Music Review, and UCLA's Extensions Journal.

 

 

Teaching

 

... contingent college-level instructional labor since 2006, covering a variety of subjects at schools around Los Angeles, including: Moving Parts: Sound, Movement, & Electronics; Art, Education and Activism in the Digital Age; and performance art and superpowers intensives at OTIS College of Art — Experimental Video Workshop at Columbia College Hollywood — The Logic of Programming; Streaming Media; and Intro to Shell-Scripting and Operating Systems at the Art Institute of California, North Hollywood — Intros in design and multimedia tools at College of the Canyons — 3D modeling, game design, project & portfolio development, and more at ITT Technical Institute in Anaheim and Sylmar. I have guest lectured/workshopped at Pomona College, Pitzer College, UCSD, USC, UCLA, CCA, and the Art Institute, North Hollywood ...

 

 

Education

 

... MFA graduate of the Experimental Sound Practices (ESP) program at the California Institute of the Arts (2003–2005) ...

 

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