Automata is thrilled to present Molly Allis’s Cardboard Dystopia, an public installatiion in Automata’s east Window during the holiday season. Cardboard Dystopia is an illuminated cardboard city, and will be on continuous view for visitors and passers-by in our Chung King Court storefront windows through January 2, 2018. Using found and recycled materials, Molly Allis constructs a cautionary ephemeral cardboard cityscape, with billowing plastic-bag smoke and a mechanical, hovering helicopter. Alternately playful and ominous, CARDBOARD DYSTOPIA raises questions around the boundaries of material reality through activating a world of make-believe with ephemeral materials.
In addition to Cardboard Dystopia, Automata’s west window will feature the animation Go! Go! Go! by Molly Allis and Tempe Hale.
Molly Allis is a multi-media artist and musician based in Los Angeles. She designs and constructs interactive environments that encourage audience participation and improvisation within a narrative. Working primarily with recycled materials, she re-imagines everyday objects that serve as props for participants to play with. Her work raises questions around the boundaries of material reality through activating a world of make believe. The hidden potential within discarded objects extends into her work with children, where she teaches kids how to use tools to build large-scale structures out of recycled materials. Her award-winning animations have screened in festivals internationally, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Madrid Experimental Film Festival, and the Linoleum Festival in Moscow. She has worked with the Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont, and Great Small Works Toy Theater Company in Brooklyn. She plays the drums in an all-ages, female circus project in elementary schools centered around empowerment, and teaches rock band and chorus classes to youth. She also sings and plays guitar in the band Bear Club. Molly received her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Theater Directing/Design, and her MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Integrated Media and Experimental Sound Practices.
Tempe Hale (co-creater, Go! Go! Go!) is a Los Angeles born and raised director, editor & animator. She creates short films, live concert visuals, and is currently developing a musical VR experience in collaboration with composer Laura Karpman, based on her GRAMMY award-winning album “Ask Your Mama” featuring The Roots. Her work has screened at Chitrakatha Festival in India, Expotoons in Buenos Aires, EICTV Cuba, DropInk TV in Japan, The Pacific Symphony, Grand Performances, The Industry LA, Bay Area Rainbow Symphony San Francisco, Ghosting TV and won “Best Animated Short” at the Women’s Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles, 2013. She received her MFA in Experimental Animation at CalArts.
Cardboard Dystopia was originally presented as a part of the exhibition A Child Was The One That Turned On The Switch , commissioned by the Weingart Gallery, Occidental College, and curated by Deena Selenow, with generous funding by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Molly Allis’ Cardboard Dystopia is a project of Automata Windows, and is funded, in part, by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
Cardboard Dystopia will be on view at all hours in Automata’s Windows through January 2, 2018.