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Developed by The Music Center in partnership with Fulcrum Arts, this special Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours celebrates the relationship of science and art, reimagining the role of artist as the scientist and transforming The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in powerful new ways.

Explore the intersection of science and art, as this distinct Sleepless connects the two disciplines in a dynamic evening featuring exhibitions, performance art, live music performances, DJ sets, installations and more. Stay up and discover the art of science.


DJ Sets / Kid606, Nicolas Bougaïeff, and One Child Policy
Move to the sounds of some of today’s most adventurous and forward thinking producers, featuring techno sets from DJs Kid606, Nicolas Bougaïeff, and One Child Policy.

Molecular Gastronomy Lab
Watch food transform into art during live molecular gastronomy demonstrations.

The Laboratory for Embodied Intelligences / Nina Waisman + Flora Wiegmann + Drew Heitzler
Enter the Sleepless lab and find pop-up dance pieces inspired by the interaction of microbes with vocals from experimental sound artist Carmina Escobar.

OVNI / Rafa Esparza + San Cha
Witness artist Rafa Esparza channel the Mayan sci-fi narrative of Pakal in this stirring piece of performance art that reframes history, as San Cha provides vocal accompaniment. (OVNI translates into UFO)

WWJD / Archie Prakash
Delve into a virtual reality experience focused on the effects of Christianity and video game culture that mixes iconography from the Bible and pop culture in a VR landscape.

I’ll Be Here Unless I Don’t Need To Be (Until Then…) / Elliot Reed
Survey the surveyor and watch as artist Elliot Reed assembles a drone piece by piece.

Slow Sound / Organized by Touch
Plug into this headphone experience with curated field recordings from UK-based label Touch, interwoven with live sets from Jasmin Blasco and Zachary Paul.

10,000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid / Evelina Domnitch + Dmitry Gelfand
Inspect the unusual behavior of light through giant projections of the molecular dynamics that occur within soap bubbles, as well as the mind-boggling phenomena of non-linear optics.

Covert Agent / Mark Steger
Gather in awe to witness performance artist Mark Steger’s homage to the human body, performed entirely while suspended in air.

Tranimal Workshop / Austin Young, Squeaky Blonde, Fade-dra
Change the way you perceive gender, beauty and identity with this playful workshop that features an animalistic and post-modern interpretation of ‘drag queen.’

as above, so below / Chris Watson and Jana Winderen
Dial in to hear field recordings from Chris Watson and Jana Winderen (curated by the UK label Touch) at the Sleepless Phone Booths.

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