Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ecstatic Energy does Mojave Desert

Ecstatic Energy Consultancy Inc., is a conceptual masquerade, if you will, that looks like a consultancy business, but really is a collaboration with artists & other curators.
Ecstatic Energy Consultants Inc. is a Los Angeles– based firm that  provides experiential assessments into  the relationships between  institutions, the public, and the natural  sphere...Ecstatic Energy Consultants Inc. emerged in 2009 as an expression of  its  founders' interests in the increasing strangeness in contemporary   America. 

The "problems" that their "clients" seek solutions for, become schemes of intersecting ideas in order to foster witty, insightful & elaborate interventions that foster dialog, bridge lacks of awareness and inspire change.
What creates inquisitive visual confusion and humor on their website, are the stock-esque images usely seen in corporate advertising sites:

What drives the tongue to the cheek is:

Our team’s combined accomplishments  in the fields of activism, art, design, new-age physical therapy,  non-profit administration, publishing, psychedelics, sailing, and  theater enable us to offer our clients a sensitive, multi-dimensional approach. Did I just read, sailing?

A recent "client" is Elana Mann. 
Ms. Mann's work centers heavily around performance, public engagement or intervention, global and international issues, politics, gender, identity....it is very rich and full. Many of her curatorial projects are collaborative in nature.

It is here that we see the lines blurred between artist and curator - a topic of recent discussion: It is not straightforward collaboration, because there is an initiator who conceives the project without group consensus, invites others to participate, and is vested conceptually and sometimes financially in the idea. But it is not straight curating either, simply for the fact that they are participating as an artist.
Perhaps a new word is needed for this type of person/artist/curator. Curatist? Articurist?

Anyway, I can't help but see how Ecstatic Energy's clever guise as a business is a perfect solution to this very conundrum:
EEC Inc.’s Energy Assessments are first built on a foundation of  research. We take a systemic view of the focus of our investigation, and  try to learn the dynamics of all the kinds of energy that flow through  that system. This provides us with a network of concepts, meanings, and  synchronicities--a bird’s-eye view of the whole thing. We then perform  an experiential analysis where we use our bodies, our senses, our  intuition, and our openness to chance. Using both of theses kinds of  inquiry allows us to find the myths in the systems that are so often  overlooked.

Which poses the question, of art systems and Geographic Identity.* What are our masquerades and who do we masquerade as?

----The Project----
The project (case study) they created with (their client) Elana Mann, is the eec004 - Subaru Outback.
We plan to look at which car’s raw materials come from conflict zones,  imagine if cars could become vegetarians, look at gridlock as a possible  productive time for drivers and passengers, and find reverie in other  reflections about how we get from one place to another.
The project aspects were:

Fundraiser with
Donor stickers designed by Steven Anderson of  EEC, Inc. and magnetized to the car :

I chose to contribute an "inspirational message" (Kowabunga Dudes),  instead of my name as a sponsor. I was thinking more like riding the  wave, and unfortunately did not know it was also used by Teenage Mutant  Ninja Turtles.

Assess & Prep the Car: 

Mojave Road Trip:

Exhibition "Driven by What's Inside":
Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
7pm to 9pm
Side Street Projects in Pasadena, California
730 North Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

You can view the entire photo album on their flickr site.
photo credits: Ecstatic Energy Consultants Inc. with Elana Mann and Jean Paul Leonard

Ecstatic Energy Consulants, Inc.

* In keeping with my blog theme for movement 365 (Geographic Identity).

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