The Darkroom Presents SUBMERGED!

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The Darkroom Presents SUBMERGED!
Curated by: Karl Erickson, leo kuelbs

3320 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503
January 17th, 2015 - March 7th, 2015

beach cities/south bay
(310) 618-6340
Tues-Sat 11-5


“Submerged!” is a video+sound art exhibition based on three short stories by co-curator Leo Kuelbs. Considered seven pieces of a whole, “Submerged!” brings artists from a variety of backgrounds together to react to the stories, minimizing narrative aspects while amplifying personal response. The result is a presentation of multi-faceted, dynamic perspectives creating a setting and an almost tangible realization of the subconscious. Eyewitness accounts of fictitious happenings, observed through the psyche of the protagonists are blown apart, the reconstituted fragments then put to sound in this series of collaborative works. Digital and hand-drawn animations mix with overlaid imagery and camera-based work to further envelope the viewer in the “Submerged!” experience.

Video Inventory

Submerged! by Sam Marlow and Alon Cohen

Mishap by United VJs

Submerged by Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke

The Floater by Shir Lieberman, Jonathan Phelps and Fabio Fonda

The Floater! by Kitzinger Gabor and Alex Hamadey

Dream Propulsion (Laboratory) by Nicole Antebi and Laura Ortman

Roger's Dream by Jim Ellis

Leo Kuelbs
Curator Leo Kuelbs has presented dozens of artistic events around the world. Public art, luxury marketing, video art and multi-city programs are all part of Mr. Kuelbs’ internationally recognized practice. This combination of endeavors has garnered publicity in publications great (Vogue/Interview/) and small (dozens of blogs in NYC and Europe).

Mr. Kuelbs focuses on collaborative projects with an emphasis on conceptual infrastructure, approaching projects from multiple angles and perspectives. As a founding member of collaborative arts group, 3_Search and the CEO of The Leo Kuelbs Collection, Mr. Kuelbs is poised to continue the development of this multi-perspective practice.

Recent mapping related shows include "Evolution²" presented with Martha Stewart for Dom Perignon (July, 2014), as well as “The Diamond Sky” (April, 2014) presented at NYC’s Guggenheim Museum for Tiffany and Company. Public art events include “Blueprints and Perspectives” (Dallas, Texas, 2013), “Illuminated Ops” (Washington D.C. 2013) “Codex Dynamic” presented on the Manhattan Bridge in 2012, as well as “The Expanding Universe” and “Divine Coalescence” for Dom Perignon. Gallery shows including “Submerged!” and “The Decelerator” have appeared in multiple cities between 2011 and 2014.

Karl Erickson
Karl Erickson an artist whose interests include motivational language, transcendental experiences, science-fiction, raves, repetition and counter-cultures. His primary media are video, posters, collage and latch-hook rugs and pillows.  In 2013 he was an artist in residence at The Arctic Circle and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Residency on Governor’s Island. Recent exhibitions include Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions” at Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture, “Andrew Falkowski and and Karl Erickson: Architecture and Morality” at the Suburban, Oak Park, IL, and “A Study in Midwestern Appropriation” at the Hyde Park Art Center, curated by Michelle Grabner. His videos have been and will be part of screenings at Creon Gallery in New York and Parsons Hall Project Space in Holyoke, MA. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts and his BFA from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
Erickson has curated exhibitions and projects at Dumbo Arts Center, Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and other venues. He co-curated “Submerged!” with Leo Kuelbs in 2014. For more information, please visit

Nicole Antebi
Working mostly in video, installation, and animation, Antebi recently developed a series of animated essays about historical figures who brought water to the West in grandiose and destructive ways. Projects include the anthology/website, entitled Water, CA: Creative Visualizations for a New Millennium ( co-edited with Enid Baxter Ryce. The project was also the focus of a 2011 exhibition and festival at the Crocker Art Museum and the basis of Facing the Sublime in Water, CA, at the Armory Center for the Arts. Antebi’s work has screened on the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage as part of DUMBO Glow and in a converted trailer as part of Tiny-Cine. Other recent projects include  Pitch Battles, a multimedia performance at Machine Project with Colin Dickey and Chris Kallmyer, Ever Green, an exhibition embedded within Lara Bank’s “Portable Forest” at Monte Vista Projects, and And the Whale Said…, an impressionistic retelling of Moby Dick as a puppet show on a capsized ship at Machine Project (co-produced with Linda Wei).

Alon Cohen
Alon Cohen is a musician, producer and sound designer, creating, playing, producing music and sounds for over 20 years. Graduate of The Jerusalem Art School in late 80′s, where studied film, theater and art history. A founding member of the seminal band Nosei HaMigbaat (the top hat carriers) 1987-1991.
Conceptualized and produced numerous music projects (Forgiveness, LMF, Sound Booming, Bring Back Reality, The King’s Court) Produced and Worked with artist like Matisyahu, Sting, Dry Eye Crow, Y-Love. Co founder and the creative vision behind production company 12 Tribe Sound. Collaborated with artists in theater, film & video, dance-movement and visual arts.

Jim Ellis
Eats, drinks, breaths, sleeps, grooms, fornicates, grows, works, emotes, lives, dies, and navigates space/time. His occupation resembles a cross of a mad scientist and a hurdy gurdy monkey performing for tips. His turn ons: Walks on the beach, kissing, people who think for themselves, and subverting the conventions of communication. Turn offs: Jerks, pollution, feeling rushed, surveillance, media programming, being pigeon-holed.

Fabio Fonda
Born in Italy, Fabio started his career in New York with Darren Aronofsky’ s sound guru Brian Emrich before moving back to Europe. A former guitar player, he became a sound crafter after attending Berklee college in Boston and now works on different types of media, from commercials to interactive installations. Clients include Bjork, 1st ave machine, The Northface, and some musicians who have appreciated his work are Angelo Badalamenti and Radiohead. He’ s currently based in Berlin.

Kitzinger Gábor
Gábor was born in Budapest 1977. Between 1983 – 86 he lived in Oran Algeria. He went to high school to the Baktay Erwin Gimnasium in Dunaharaszti Hungary, and graduated in Atkinson County High School,  Pearson Georgia in the USA. Gábor started his studies in the MOME (Hungarian Kraftarts University) in 2000, in 2003 spent a semester at the UDK university in Berlin and had his diploma at the MOME in visual communication at the video department. Since 2001 he has been vj-ing under the names of RioRokoko and Csontraketa. He is a member of the Kiégő Izzók (Glowing Bulbs) visual artist union since 2006. He is a founding member of the Omkamra art association (2009).

Alexander Hacke
Founding member of German band “Einstürzende Neubauten” in  1980 with which he performs and releases recordings with up till today. He has collaborated with countless artists of various genres (Nick Cave, Crime And The City Solution, Babazula, Gianna Naninni, David Eugene Edwards) and produces records and score music for theater pieces, feature films and documentary movies.

Alex Hamadey
Alex Hamadey writes: “My name is Alex Hamadey, but I’ve produced music and sounds under aliases such as N’conduit, SmallBroadcasts, MC&Hammer, Shadow Lanes and Lindbergh Palace. I also have a couple techno/electronic vinyl labels, Voodoo Down Records and Rock and Roll Records, as well as a sound design company/sample store, EarBacon_Audio. I live in Brooklyn and spend most of time manipulating acoustic, analogue, digital and found sounds.”

Shir Lieberman
Shir Lieberman is an Israeli-American multidisciplinary designer & motion graphics artist living and working in New York City. She works combining a variety of mediums and disciplines including design, photography, graphics, styling and others to create engaging and thought-provoking work. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Design (concentrating on broadcast and media design) from HIT Israel, and has been working in motion graphics since 2010. Shir’s work has been exhibited at a number of venues including the New York City Art Directors Club, the Zero Film Festival, Bushwick Open Studios and 3rd Ward. For more information on Shir and other examples of her work visit:

Sam Marlow
Sam Marlow graduated in 2008 from the school of the Art Institute of Chicago.  As an animator and comic artist he has worked on a wide range of projects, from motion graphics for advertising, to traditional cartoon animation for documentaries, and most currently doing background design for the Adult Swim show, Superjail. More of his work can be seen at

Laura Ortman
Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) was a member of the THE DUST DIVE and STARS LIKE FLEAS, has written & recorded two solo albums (recorded by Martin Bisi) playing violin, Apache violin, piano, electric guitar, samples, megaphone & organ. She continually collaborates with artists, filmmakers, musicians and choreographers. She received the FIRST NATIONS COMPOSERS INITIATIVE Common Ground Award Grant for founding The Coast Orchestra, the all-Native American orchestra in 2008.

Jonathan Phelps
Brooklyn based filmmaker Jonathan Phelps has written, directed and produced numerous short films, music videos, commercials, a feature and co-created two independent TV shows, including the darkly comic puppet show “Channel 616.” His production company Muckraker Productions [] specializes in combining live action, animation, puppets and special effects; striving to learn new techniques and understanding with every project. Jonathan has performed over a 100 live VJ shows across the country and has had his work shown on stage, in galleries, MTV and film screenings in NYC and beyond. Aside from film production, he’s producing a large body of visual artwork and poetry.

Danielle de Picciotto
Born in Tacoma, Washington USA, has been living in Berlin Germany since 1987. Studied music & art in NYC/Germany. Works as Gesamtkünstlerin/interdisciplinary artist since 1990 in the fields of art/film/ music/literature/performance. Co-founder of Berlin “Loveparade” ; projects  with German Cultural Goethe Institute in Hong Kong, Milan, Rome, Tokyo, Prague, Sarajevo and Mexico City since 2000. In 2009 the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin commissions Danielle de Picciotto to direct/produce a 10-minute art movie. Has exhibited & performed at MOCAD Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, IMOCA Indianapolis Museum of Modern Art, Museum Staatsgalerie Stuttgart Germany, London Museum of Art, Ontario.

United VJs
Creatively integrates the digital arts using Video Projection Mapping, architecture, optical illusions, Fulldome (digital planetariums), Software programming, sound and video art. They are an International crew from São Paulo, with partners across South America and all over the world. This proactive multidisciplinary team of VJ artists, have performed in special locations such as Planetariums, Train stations, Mega Rock Concerts, Stadiums, Hotels, Museums, Raves, Classical Music halls, City Halls, Theatres and Touring Stages.

United VJs are Viktor Vicsek VJ Roger S VJ Zaz VJ Spetto Antonio Afonso

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