Silence Not Cake: An Offering

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Silence Not Cake: An Offering

401 South Mesa
San Pedro, CA 90731
December 4th, 2008 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM

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New Year's Eve, 2008
7pm - midnight

The main gallery at The Loft
401 South Mesa Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

In our contemporary culture, most people find it unusual or even difficult to sit quietly and do nothing. But "nothing" can be very rich. For some, it seems especially counter-intuitive to do nothing on New Year's Eve. Yet sometimes, amid the loud music, balloons, cake, and champagne of New Year's parties, part of the turning of the new year is lost.

Here is an opportunity to be silent, to purposely do nothing, and perhaps in doing so, to be mindful.

Betsy Lohrer Hall will sit for five hours in Edith Abeyta and Marshall Astor's Post-Apocalypse installation at the Loft in San Pedro. She will offer alternating intervals of chanting (traditional Hindu and Buddhist chants) and silence. After the prolonged and consistent rhythm of the chants, the silence becomes palpable.

All are welcome to stop by for a few minutes or stay the whole time, to be silent or join in the chants. If you plan to stay, wear comfortable clothes and bring something soft and comfortable to sit or lie down on. Light refreshments will be served.

Free and open to the public. No alcohol, please.

For questions: Betsy (562) 930-9229 or

About the art installation:

Edith Abeyta and Marshall Astor
December 4, 2008 - January 17, 2009

The Loft
401 South Mesa Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

These two L.A.-based installation artists will engage in a series of actions over the course of a month and a half, using the gallery at The Loft as a stage for process and experimentation in the public sphere. Post-Post-Apocalypse is a cycle of three parts, Ruins, Survival and Civilization.

For more information about the art installation:
Edith Abeyta
Cell: 213-999-1958

Marshall Astor
cell: 310-985-9714