Ariel Pink, No Age and Girls contribute to Heidi Slimane exhibition

Former Dior designer chronicles modern LA's music scene with exhibition and soundtrack.


Words by: Charlie Jones

French fashion designer and photographer Hedi Slimane opens his new exhibition California Song later this month at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Slimane has always kept a close association with music in his work and is well-known for his photography focusing on the likes of The Libertines and Franz Ferdinand in the early-2000s.

This two part collection features black-and-white photography on one level and a more interactive, multi-disciplinary platform incorporating sound on the second. The press release describes the photographs as “explorations of cycles of urban youth culture and artistic communities” and as well as displaying portraits of musicians the exhibition will be sound-tracked by the LA based noise specialists No Age and Ariel Pink. These sound installations will be new works composed specially “using a fragmentary sound system” to act as scores to the exhibition and interact with the visual section of the show.

California Song is on view at the MOCA Pacific Design Center from November 12, 2011, through January 22, 2012

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