CALA Alliance (Celebración Artística de las Américas) will host Crossfade LAB on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Initially postponed due to the health crisis brought on by COVID-19, CALA is pleased to announce the return of Crossfade LAB with its ninth installment. The series processes a thought-provoking night featuring conversations, art experiences, and unexpected collaborations with internationally renowned Indigenous, Latinx, and artists from Latin America.
At the bottom of a DJ mixing console, there is a horizontal slider known as the crossfader. By toggling it left and right, you can carefully move between the music on one input channel and the music on the other without entirely fading out either. Crossfade Lab uses the crossfade as a metaphor for a kind of social thinking that celebrates in-betweenness and mixing without erasing. "Crossfading is not just about music but a new kind of social thinking and social action," explained co-curator and moderator Josh Kun. "Crossfading is about listening to the borders, the edges; crossfading is about refusing the myth that any of us are single inputs, refusing to believe the myth of closure."
Named the 2019 Best of Phoenix: Best Art Conversation, Crossfade LAB returns on November 17, 2021, at Herberger Theater. This iteration features a special meeting between celebrated visual artist and MacArthur fellow Teresita Fernández and rising music and performance star San Cha. Moderated by author and Crossfade LAB co-curator Kun, the evening will experiment, agitate, and shimmer, blending installations and sculptures with cumbias and telenovelas—a mix of sound and image that will take you across geographies of the Americas, from Cuba to Jalisco, the Bay Area to Miami, New York to LA.
Crossfade LAB is organized by CALA Alliance in collaboration with ASU Art Museum and Herberger Theater. Crossfade LAB is made possible with support from the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation. This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.