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SPOTLIGHT

AUSTIN YOUNG IS A TRANIMAL — WORDS PHIL TARLEY IMAGES COURTESY AUSTIN YOUNG

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ustin Young, whose work has shown at LACMA, LACE, the Hammer Museum, the Stephen Cohen Gallery and countless other spaces and places in and around the avant California  scene, is bristling with excite-

ment about his latest project Tranimal…Young’s new endeavor  - a collaboration with Squeaky Blonde and Fade-Dra, is infused with  the artist’s  high voltage underground  creative energy. Tranimal is a big and bold project. It incorporates video, photography,  and  interactive sound design.  And its  taking performance art to an operatic level. I spoke with the Austin one morning, just after a night of performance at the Machine Project and he told me about his creative partners. Participants are put through an assembly line where Squeaky Blonde, Fade-Dra , Young  costume them, make-them up  and turn them into a cast of  glamorous, genderless creatures.  Mark Allen, director of Machine Project, makes  light sensitive circuitry boards that are sewn into theor costumes. The boards have knobs that the performers use to change the sound frequencies, creating musical score with light and movement.    Juliana Snapper,  an opera singer and performance artist, guides the players to find the vocal expression of their new identities. The particpant-performers become collaborators in a musical performance.  Then Young shoots  formal portraits and video of the end result.  Here is a sneak peak of his work. 96

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