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2018 Annual Benefit

Nov. 7 @ 6—9pm

Fulcrum Arts invites you to join us as we celebrate William Basinski and The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), Caltechfor outstanding contributions to the fields of art and science.

Fulcrum Arts (formerly Pasadena Arts Council) honors the legacy of our Gold Crownand AxS awards. Since 1965 we have proudly honored individuals and organizations for their exceptional contributions to our region’s cultural landscape.

The Annual Benefit will support our work to advance the fields of art and science and to support artists to make work on a civic scale, develop new modes of thinking — and even new raw materials — at the forefront of the intersection of the fields. Treasured contributors to the Fulcrum Arts community, both LIGO and William Basinski have collaborated with Fulcrum Arts through performances and residencies, and each demonstrates bold experimentation and achievement at the forefront of culture and science.

For William Basinski fans, the composer is set to release Selva Oscura, a new collaborative album with Australian-based artist Lawrence English on October 12 (via Temporary Residence Ltd.). The benefit will feature the world premiere performance of Selva Oscura.

The NSF (National Science Foundation)-funded LIGO observatories were conceived, constructed, and are operated by Caltech and MIT. David Reitze and Albert Lazzarini will accept the honor on behalf of LIGO at the benefit.

William Basinskiis a classically trained musician and composer who has been working in experimental media for over 30 years in NYC and most recently, California. Employing obsolete technology and analogue tape loops, his haunting and melancholy soundscapes explore the temporal nature of life and resound with the reverberations of memory and the mystery of time. His collaborative work with James Elaine is presented in festivals and museums internationally, and concerts are presented to sold out crowds around the world. Orchestral transcriptions of key work, The Disintegration Loops by Maxim Moston, have been performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Queen Elizabeth Hall and La Batie Festival in Geneva, Switzerland and most recently Dark Mofo Festival in Hobart, Tasmania. Basinski is currently touring the world in support of his latest work, On Time Out of Time, which incorporates recordings from LIGO’s interferometers. 

LIGOis a globally renowned organization for gravitational-wave research, providing opportunities for the broader scientific community to participate in detector development, observations, and data analysis. In 2017, three LIGO founders Rainer WeissKip Thorneand Barry Barishwere honored by Nobel Prizes in physics, achieving global top honors for their pioneering work. The organization has collaborated with Fulcrum Arts’ resident artists through its AxS Incubator program, combining advancements in gravitational modeling and quantum hydrodynamics in Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand’s 2017 work, Orbifold.

The Carnegie Observatories
813 Santa Barbara St.
Pasadena, CA 91101

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