On March 16-18, 2018 The Bombay Beach Biennale took place at the shores of the Salton Sea. This renegade gathering was a celebration of and for the locals, artists, creators and volunteers who are transforming Bombay Beach into a newly relevant year-round cultural destination. The Biennale is an exuberant celebration of art, music, and philosophy, which leaves a lasting mark on Bombay Beach, a small town at that refuses to be forgotten or written off, even as the man-made lake it was built upon risks disappearing.

(Un)contained within the limits of the town, around 500 locals, artists, builders, creators, and volunteers were invited to explore and stumble upon the abandoned houses and vacant lots that serve as a canvas for many artists while also attending the concerts, operas, ballets, lectures, movie screenings, and art exhibits that took place throughout the town.  Many installations, such as the the Opera House, The Hermitage Museum, Drive-In Theater, The Institute, Angler Grove, and Nine, have become permanent gifts to the town.

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Highlights Include:

The Bombay Beach Opera House – A dilapidated house transformed into a state-of-the-art performing arts space masterminded by artist James Ostrer. On Friday night, Jesca Hoop serenaded the stage. On Saturday, performance pieces by San Francisco Ballet prima ballerina Maria Kotchekova and her partner Sebastian Kloberg were followed by a Clown Opera by Kate Feld.

The Hermitage Museum Bombay Beach – Greg Haberny opened a new exhibit “Why Do I Destroy Everything I Love?” alongside works by renowned artists Camille Schefter, Thomas Linder, Jon Pylypchuk, Bill Saylor, and Theodore Boyer. The Museum is a permanent gift to the town. Tours are available upon request. Just ask Steve at the Ski Inn.

The Bombay Beach Institute of Particle Physics, Metaphysics & International Relations – Part museum/gallery, part performance space and home to a new Community Garden, The Institute showcased art installations and permanent exhibits by photographers Robert Stivers, Stefanie Schneider, and others paintings and sculptures by Damian Elwes, Bill Attaway, Wyatt Mills,  performances by The Glitch Mob, Adam Freeland, Vera Sola, Blue Book and lectures on the theme of “God’s Silence” by Oxford University philosopher Mark Wrathall, Columbia University professor and activist Christia Mercer, New York Times bestselling author Christopher Ryan (Sex at Dawn) and many others.

The Ski Inn – World Infamous as the “Lowest Bar in the Western Hemisphere”, the Ski Inn served as the epicenter for folk, blues, and soul concerts from Vera Sola, Willy Mason, C.W. Stoneking, and Reverend Tall Tree.

Angler Grove - A revelatory woodland portal and psychedelic human terrarium in the bones of a dilapidated bachelor pad by artist Randy Polumbo.

The Tesseract: Possibly the world’s largest representation of a 4 dimensional hypercube by S. Shigley aka Shig. Lighting design by Jessica Steiner and Ashley Hillis.

Pythia: Pythia, the House of Snakes (named the Classical Greek Delphic Oracle's Omphalos) is a live/work/sound space that offers a quite literal window to the other-side: a site of performative creation channeled from the past, from the future and from beyond the edges of this world, curated and maintained by musician-medium Vera Sola.

“Nine” at the Bombay Beach Botanical Gardens: Artist Yassi Mazandi unveiled a new super-sized "flower vertebrae" in her "flowerbed" series of porcelain sculpture. 

Toxic Tango - a work in progress by De Cock: a dance between the ongoing decay of the Salton Sea with a nod to the continuous pollution of our oceans. Both bodies of water unite with paint for this lascivious dance to attract consciousness towards our current problems. Go and witness the duet for yourself at the B&B MOTEL.

The Bombay Beach Drive-In - an outdoor movie theatre featuring car shells, boats, and off-road vehicles newly renovated for Year Two and gifted to the town as a year round cinema, but with curated film series during the Biennale. This year’s theme- Sea of Love: Monsters in the Water.

 The Bombay Beach Estates – An art park containing multiple installations by Thomas Linder, and Camille Schefter, featuring around-the-world sounds from Zee Avi, Jeremy Sole, The Toledo Show, and Café Bosna.

The Last Resort – The forthcoming "hotel de ville" of Bombay Beach. Artist Greg Haberny created a prototype room, Suite 406, at the Petit Ermitage Hotel. It will soon be reconstructed as the first room of the Last Resort.


CONTRIBUTORS

Academic Wrangler
Emily Wells      

All Star Crew
Chris Ashe, Karsten Taylor, Justin Thomson, Vlad Is Love, Don Anderson, Megan Kinney, Liza O, Sean Taylor

A Quiet Apparition

Thomas Linder

Angler Grove

Randy Polumbo

The Annex At The Hermitage

Theodore Boyer

Artist Shelter & Mirage Lights

Mack Suprastudio

El Barco De La Muerte

Sean Guerrero
 

Bombay Beach Metro

David Corcoran & Tao Ruspoli

Blood Loss

Simon Majarian

Bombay Boom

Kenny Scharf

Cross Roads

William Attaway
 

Crucifiction

Pour Vous


Den Mother

Lauren Brand

Desert Yacht Club

Alessandro Giuliano

Disco-tron

Mack Suprastudio, IDEAS UCLA

The East Wing At The Hermitage
Camille Schefter
 

The Enabler

Arwen Byrd

Exposition Hall

Mack Suprastudio, Ideas Ucla

Fauxasis

Ray Ewing

Film/Documentation

Susanna Della Sala And Andrea Jose Di Pasquale

Fish

Damian Elwes

Graphics And Design

Bella Freud & Anna Meloyan

Logo/Map/Program
 

Greg Haberny Art Assistants

Emilie Tisdale, Yelyzaveta Onysko

Haus Der Sinne

Moral Turgeman

Hinterlands Kiosk

Feral Office

Dry West - Moonscapes

Uwe H. Martin

Joshua Muse, Etc

Sven Van Driessche

Limit To Evidence

Camille Schefter

Lost And Found Pt. 1,  And Pt. 2

Jackson Hunt

Lour Des, Etc

Carmen De Vos

Love Machine

Marco Walker

The Main Hall At The Hermitage

Greg Haberney
 

Mobile-sanctuary

Daniel Schubert, Aryana Minai

Moontruck

Giancarlo Neri

Nature's Whisper (Fibonacci Birds)

Sarah Kate Larsen

Nine

Yassi Mazandi

Out Of The Ruins

Loveleen Brar

The Perimeter W Eye Dream Tv

Gabriela Garcia, Tracy Chung

Puppet Master

Jen Tighe

Resident Poet And Gardener

Praxedes De Villallonga

Rusty Safari

William Attaway
 

Salt Of My Skin, Etc

Kirsten Thys Van Den Audenaerde

Salty

Ray Ewing And Adrian Pijoan

Save Me

Olivia Steele

Lenses At The Shore

Moral Tugerman

Sculptures From The Sea

Debra Berger

Shaguar

Stefan Ashkenazy

[Souvenir] Of Bombay Beach

WASA And Emmanuelle Raoul-duvai

Tempus Mortem

Zander Rose

The Tesseract
Shig, Jessica Steiner, Ashley Hillis, Tessa Mac, Tao Ruspoli

The Asylum

Robert Mack

The Big Fish

Samora Deng, Bezaleel Balan

The Bombay Beach Institute Of Particle Physics, Metaphysics And International Relations
Bombay Beach Collective

The Bombay Beach Opera House

James Ostrer

The Bombay Beach Particle Accelerator

David Corcoran & Tao Ruspoli

The Don Johnson

Stefan Ashkenazy

The Drive-in

Stefan Ashkenazy & Sean Dale Taylor

The Drive-in Car Art

Colin Hornett, Karl Harpur, Greg Pulier, Brandon Anderson, Paris Pickard, Valentina Avayu

The Great Wall Of Grenier

Anonymous

The Promenade A The Hermitage

Bill Saylor

The Sculpture Garden At The Hermitage

Jon Pylypchuk
 

The Trick Is To Keep Breathing, Etc

Julia Beyer

Toxic Tango

Charlotte De Cock

Troubled Waters 1, 2, 3...

Nellie King Solomon

Untitled

Bill Saylor

Overtime

Taira Tsukioka

Venus De Milo

Alexandra Sand

Venus Of The Salton Sea, Exhibit 121-museum Of Natural History 2089

Annie Pendergrast

Vert

Bill Saylor

Victorian Flacon, Etc

Stefanie Schneider

Mirage Lights

Mack Suprastudio, IDEAS UCLA