Crossfade LAB is an event series that presents thought-provoking conversations and art experiences highlighting internationally known Latinx and Latin American artists from Arizona, the United States and the Americas. It takes its name from a DJing technique of crossing and merging two music tracks into one new “mixed” track. Crossfade LAB presents the works of artists who crossfade –that is, who work at the intersection of multiple identities, cultures, politics, languages and art forms– and whose artistic practice is in dialogue with Arizona and the social issues of our times.
Crossfade LAB is curated by Julio César Morales (Curator, ASU Art Museum) and cultural writer and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Josh Kun, and presented by CALA Alliance in collaboration with ASU Art Museum and Crescent Ballroom. This program is generously supported by the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation.
Josh Kun is an author, academic, curator, music critic and 2016 MacArthur Fellow. He is Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where his research focuses on the arts and politics of cultural connection, with an emphasis on popular music, the cultures of globalization, the US-Mexico border, Los Angeles and Jewish-American musical history. As a critic and journalist, Kun has contributed to The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The American Prospect, Los Angeles Magazine, LA Weekly, and other publications.
The fourth installment of Crossfade LAB staged an experimental encounter between the internationally-known multi-disciplinary artist Nao Bustamente and the acclaimed musician and recording artist Helado Negro. Calling on immigrant geographies that run from Mexico to Ecuador– and span California, South Florida, and Brooklyn in between– both artists have used performance, masquerade, and wit to re-imagine Latinx aesthetics, history, and politics.
Moderated by Crossfade Lab co-curator and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Josh Kun, the evening mixed live performances and collaborations with intimate artist conversations. MORE DETAILS…
The third edition of Crossfade LAB staged an intimate, experimental conversation between Grammy award-winning Mexican musician Julieta Venegas and acclaimed Los Angeles artist Rafa Esparza. Moderated by 2016 MacArthur Fellow Josh Kun, the evening included music and performance and explored themes that move across the work of both Venegas and Esparza: love and land, memory and masks, and the many ways songs and art can help our bodies to make sense of, and survive history.
Crossfade LAB welcomed Dominican-born writer, composer, and performance artist Rita Indiana and the Tucson, Arizona-based band Calexico. Whether through music or literature, live performance or composition, the Caribbean or the U.S. Southwest, both artists have paid keen attention to issues of national tradition and the borders of identity, while delving into the roles of mythology, popular culture, and cultural heritage in how everyday people survive and thrive amidst precarious conditions. Moderated by Crossfade LAB co-curator Josh Kun, the evening was a blend of genres and geographies, and a mix of storytelling, ideas, and live performance.
Tania Candiani (Mexico City) and experimental composer Guillermo Galindo discussed cutting-edge experiments in music, sculpture, electronic media and their ideas about sonic borders. The event featured immersive performances by Guillermo Galindo (from the Border Cantos Project) and the indigenous electro-acoustic collective Radio Healer (Phoenix).