6:30-9:30 p.m.
Vista Hermosa Natural Park

Fathomers invites you to join us for "ETA," a one-night commons of thought to muse on deep time, the here-and-now and other scales of experience.

We've asked some of the most exciting thinkers in and around Los Angeles — including writer/musician Claire Evans, cultural historian Catherine Gudis, physicist Clifford Johnson, curator David Kim, poets Elizabeth Metzger and Safiya Sinclair, JPL engineer Randii Wessen, Engadget editor-in-chief Christopher Trout, and others — to look to their own bookshelves for inspiration. Each has selected a poem or passage to read aloud that evening, collectively creating an “earthbound travelers anthology” on the theme of connecting across time, space and place.

The event takes place Thursday, July 26, at Vista Hermosa Natural Park (100 N. Toluca St.), with food, drinks, live music, conversation and exchange. It is free and open to the public.

From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., the Green Truck will offer salads, sandwiches and bowls for purchase in the Vista Hermosa parking lot. Complimentary cocktails, beer, tea and lemonade will be available in the grotto/amphitheater area of the park.

A musical performance by Lionmilk begins at 7 p.m.; the readings start at 7:30 p.m.; and Scott Gilmore plays immediately to follow.

"ETA," in its concern for space and time, alludes to Michael Jones McKean’s Twelve Earths, a long-form artwork scaled to the Earth itself. Designed to unfurl as a series of extended collaborations over years to come, the work takes shape as a 25,000-mile-long "great circle" stretching completely around the planet to connect 12 sites of sculpture and event.

Twelve Earths: Open Signal is a research convening organized by McKean, Fathomers and co-curator David Kim, taking place July 27-28, 2018, in Los Angeles, where an interdisciplinary group of collaborators will begin to co-author the design and messaging of a global communication system for Twelve Earths. Fathomers is pleased to welcome the Open Signal participants to "ETA."

For more information, visit the event page here

Fathomers thanks the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Art, WeTransfer, the Science and Entertainment Exchange, and the Art Law Firm for their program support.  

Michael Jones McKean (b. 1976 Micronesia, lives/works New York City, and Dijon, France) has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and fellowships at the MFAH Core Program, the International Studio and Curatorial Program, the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, the MacDowell Colony, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts among many others. McKean is an Associate Professor of Sculpture + Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he has taught since 2006.

Fathomer is a creative research institute dedicated to producing sites and encounters that challenge us to live and act differently in the world. As the successor to Grand Arts (1995-2015) — the influential project space that produced the Propeller Group’s A Universe of Collisions, William Pope.L’s Trinket, and Tavares Strachan’s Orthostatic Tolerance, among many others — we cultivate the ideas of diehard dreamers, commission projects that seem far-fetched, and enlist expansive thinkers across disciplines to redefine the limits of scale, scope and support for artist-led projects. We do this because we value discoveries made absent predetermined outcomes, and we believe in the power of the realized dream as a model for visionary change.