Synchronicity Can Happen At Almost Any Time (2017), 10 hour action over 2-day, for At night the states, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Curated by Shoghig Halajian and Suzy Halajian.

At night the states took place at the Hammer Museum during the weekend of January 21-22 2017. One day after D. Trump had been inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.

Participants in At night the states also included Jennifer Doyle, Simone Forti, keyon gaskin, Raquel Gutierrez, taisha paggett with WXPT, Lee Relvas, and Erika Vogt with Noura Wedell.

In the statement for the event the curators Shoghig Halajian and Suzy Halajian writes: “Often kinship is tied to state-instituted rights, gendered hierarchies, race and class-based interests, and fictions of bloodline. How we act in response to birth, death, illness, family, communion, and creative production is bound within the limits of legibility in the social and political sphere. It remains laborious to push beyond the visible and beyond the acceptable, towards the informal and the not-yet-circumscribed. So the political task is to rework the social organization of friendship, intimacy, and dependency to produce non-state-centered forms of alliances, ever more urgently today.

In bringing together a group of artists whose practices explore and complicate the shape and movement of community, At night the states asks: How can we keep kinship specific and local to a given context? At the same time, how can we expand it to include communal ties that are irreducible to family and pre-ordained relationships? How can we search for unfamiliar and unexpected ways of collective sharing and being-together, considering the ways in which spaces of friendship, desire, and solidarity are both threatened and villainized today. The project asks these questions, with the intention of granting space for new inquiries to emerge within this institutional context, and conceivably beyond.”

The action came about from the specific invitation by the curators to engage with the notion of kin, and became a way to engage with the collective movement of the Women’s March of Los Angeles and to take response-ability for making kin and alliances (with things crossing the path of the action).

The action started on Sunday morning at the Women’s March of Los Angeles. I join the march towards the City Hall. 750 000 people took the streets in Los Angeles that morning. At noon we left the march and headed towards Hammer Museum on Wilshire Blvd. The walk took 4 hours and 30 minutes. Along the way some people asked me about the sign. Usually I answered “It says what you need it to say”. We continue to walk. Holding the sign. We arrived to the museum and I walked around the building four times before I enter. I had installed two large standing fans in the entrance area to invite people to slow dance with me. I placed the sign by the entrance and worked my way crawling through the parking area and back. Exhausting my self. Slow dancing with a museum visitor. At 5pm the museum closed. The performance continued the next day. During the night I decided I could not leave the sigh in the museum instead I needed to bring it to the ocean - to bring the reflective surface of the sign and the diffractive motions of the ocean closer together - connecting the action with other shores. On Sunday the action started at 1pm in the museum. It was raining heavily outside and in the open courtyard. I had prepared kneepads and brought a red rain-poncho. I crawled around and trough the building intra-acting with the materialities that where present. Reading parts of a the text “She says” in location of the building. At 3:40pm I walk out in to the rain with the sign and continue to walk Wilshire Blvd. towards the ocean. Exactly at 5pm when the event at the Hammer Museum ends I step out in the ocean.

The action was documented by Mario Fjell.

Photo: Mario Fjell