The Foreign Correspondent: Your Man in Los Angeles
March 1st 2013
Los Angeles, California.
All we need is an excuse. And the right conditions.
We, Public Fiction, propose to take on this assignment.
We’ll be your man in Los Angeles reporting fearlessly on the factual, the fictitious and the imaginary.
First, we will set up shop, and inaugurate a place for us to call back from. In this storefront we will invent an office and its functions, we will labor to produce situations, happenings and dispatches on a weekly basis. We will broadcast our experiments back into the world. In this improbable place of our invention we will blend truth and tale for the benefit of either one person at a time, or sometimes a crowd of many (in either circumstance we will provide cold cans of beer and refreshing soft drinks for all). Part residency, part business, part factory, part place of gathering, a consistent buzz of activity is to be expected in the concrete walls of our construct.
This improbable place is like the elaborate hoax in The Sting, an environment crafted for the benefit (or perhaps the detriment) of a single gesture. It is the library in Richard Brautigan’s The Abortion where anybody who writes a book can drop it off, never to be read but always to be cared for. It is at its most basic a stand-in for the territory of the page facing a writer about to write, the visions that fill out sight and space for an artist. And it is open to the public.
For the next 8 weeks, we open as an office, a exhibition, publication, performance, and residency. In collaboration with, & featuring Davide Balula, Neil Beloufa, Andrew Berardini, Isabelle Cornaro, Nikki Darling, Travis Diehl, Eve Fowler, Hedi El Kholti, Jonathan Lethem, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Camille Henrot, Nicolas Garait, Rita Gonzalez, Veronica Gonzalez Pena, Brian Kennon, Joseph Mosconi, Aude Pariset, Bernard Piffaretti, Tif Sigfrids, Ivette Soler, Charlie White and more to be announced shortly, we will hold events regularly (stay tuned), and launch weekly dispatches. The latter are co-edited with Andrew Berardini.
During the course of this series, we will be hosting Tif's Desk, the Mountain School of Art's library, plant life and happy hours by Ivette Soler, a residency by Brian Kennon.
This project is generously supported by Ceci N'est Pas…Art Between France and Los Angeles and Victoria Dailey who has donated to us our Risograph press.
The office will be open Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 5pm, by appointment, and other unpredictable hours…
On Saturday June 15th.
Come to the Public Fiction office for: Kchung Live by the Kchung Newsteam, the launch of Dispatches #6 & #7,
a performance by Davide Balula, & the closing of the Foreign Correspondent's office at PF.