PRESS & MEDIA INFORMATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BOMBAY BEACH BIENNALE YEAR 1 TO BE HELD APRIL 14-16

In April 2016, Stefan Ashkenazy, Tao Ruspoli, and Lily Johnson White secretly launched Year Zero of the Bombay Beach Biennale in the town of Bombay Beach, CA located at the largest man-made disaster in the country, the dying Salton Sea.  Through an infusion of art, music, and philosophy, this derelict yet inspiring place, seemingly frozen in time and in an overwhelming state of degradation, was transformed into a living breathing art movement where artists, performers, and speakers were invited to dialogue and explore all interpretations of the concept and process of the year zero theme: Decay.

This year’s happening, on April 14-16, will feature internationally renowned artists, including San Francisco/American Ballet Theater principal dancer Maria Kochetkova, Oxford philosophy professor Mark Wrathall, novelist Geoff Dyer, Sex at Dawn author Christopher Ryan, artists Greg Haberny, Kenny Scharf, James Ostrer, Bill Saylor, and Jenn Denike, and Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

If you would like a personal tour of the Biennale, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Lauren Brand at bombaybeachinfo@gmail.com

Rough Timeline - Subject to Change

BOMBAY BEACH BIENNALE YEAR 1: "THE WAY THE FUTURE USED TO BE"

FRIDAY - COLLECTORS, MEDIA, FRIENDS & FAMILY PREVIEW

Afternoon:

  • Opening of major installations by Greg Haberny, Kenny Scharf, Bill Saylor, Jen Denike, & others

Pre-Sunset:

  • Opera performance

Sunset:

  • Gathering at the Beach Club

  • Unveiling of works by Randy Polumbo and Yassi Mazandi

Evening:

  • Philosophy talks

  • Family dinner

  • Post-dinner performance by Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros


 

SATURDAY - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC  

Morning:

  • Philosophy talks, various venues

Afternoon:

  • Bombay Beach Beach Club - Cocktails & Music

  • Philosophy talks continue

  • International art pavilions

  • All art activations open

Late Afternoon:

  • Ballet performance at the Bombay Beach Opera House

Sunset:

  • Cocktails & music at the Bombay Beach Beach Club

Evening:

  • Ballet performance at the Bombay Beach Opera House

  • DJ & Dancing at the Bombay Beach Beach Club (DJ Jeremy Sole)

  • Daughn Gibson Performance at the Ski Inn

  • Drive In Movie Theater

Late Night:

  • DJ set by Sabo at the Bombay Beach Beach Club thru sunrise.

 

SUNDAY - CONCLUSION OF EVENT

Morning:

  • Final philosophy talks

Afternoon

  • Conclusion of event

 

Partial List of Artists & Contributors: 

Greg Haberny, Kenny Scharf, Randy Polumbo, Yassi Mazandi, Bill Saylor, Jen DeNike, Maria Kotchetcova, James Ostrer, Daughn Gibson, Alex Ebert, Christopher Ryan, Geoff Dyer, Sandy White, Mark Mack, Tao Ruspoli, Stefan Ashkenazy, Lily White, Jeremy Sole, Sabo

 

This year’s attractions include (but are not limited to):

-The Bombay Beach Drive In-

Already a permanent fixture, we are adding more smashed vehicles to our town-run arthouse outdoor movie theater.

-The Hermitage Museum-

With a soft-opening in Year Zero, the dilapidated house-cum-museum boasted an inaugural exhibit by the NY based artist Greg Haberny; Greg will be back in Year 1 with a new exhibit and an official ribbon-cutting.

-The Bombay Beach Opera House-

Artist James Ostrer is transforming the façade of an abandoned house we purchased into a permanent indoor/outdoor stage where Prima Ballerina Maria Kotchetkova of the San Francisco Ballet is set to perform.

-The Bombay Beach Intergalactic Space Station-

A functioning control tower to be erected at the beach front, this Year 1 addition is being designed and constructed by mad scientist and Artist Randy Polumbo using recycled, repurposed, and green elements.

-Lectures in Ruins-

Philosophy, architecture, literature, futurology and nudism are the subjects of lectures and presentations in abandoned buildings and the current ruins of BB. All this will be live performances and none of the presentations will be podcast or recorded. 

-International Art Pavilions-

Bombay Beach becomes a mirror of the International Art Culture, linking it with similar art festivals and institutions through out the world. The special emphasis will be on the art of developing, dismantled and outlawed states of our world. The sites for the pavilions are spread throughout BB and its sizes and appearances range from small projects to larger interventions in situ.

-The Bombay Beach Particle Accelerator-

 Bombay Beach is at the cutting edge of particle physics. 

-The Way the Future was Built-

Scale models of the recently unearthed urban plans, found in one of the abandoned houses of Bombay Beach, will be placed on a dedicated site of the BB. The speculative designs encompass high rises, recreation and mixed use buildings of touchable scale allowing to mingle with real buildings. 

 

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