LACE presents Shells, Bells, Steps And Silence, 28 June – 16 September 2012, a new video installation and film survey by Los Angeles artist Steve Roden, curated by LACE Associate Director/Curator Robert Crouch. Shells, Bells, Steps And Silence incorporates 3 research projects conducted by the artist over the past year: a collection of sea shells acquired by Roden from the estate of modern dancer Martha Graham, notes from a recent residency at the Walter Benjamin archive in Berlin, and John Cage’s seminal 4’33”, a work that Roden performed daily over the course of an entire year.

Several silent single channel works will a be on view -- all of which you get to preview here -- including Everything She Left Behind That Fits In My Hand, a film of Roden interacting with the objects in his Graham collection, a lexicon of the various ways that Benjamin crossed out unwanted words in his notebooks, and a series of stop motion animated “loops” related to a postcard found in Benjamin’s archive that pictures the interior of a cathedral in Siena.

Shells, Bells, Steps And Silence will also be accompanied by a series of events, open to the public, including sound performances, a workshop, and more.

For more information on these programs and the exhibition, including additional images and a full press release, visit

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