The Foreign Correspondent: Your Man in LA

All we need is an excuse. And the right conditions.We, Public Fiction, propose to take on this assignment.

We’ll be your man in Los Angeles reporting fearlessly on the factual, the fictitious and the imaginary.First, we will set up shop, and inaugurate a place for us to call back from. In this storefront we will invent an office and its functions, we will labor to produce situations, happenings and dispatches on a weekly basis. We will broadcast our experiments back into the world. In this improbable place of our invention we will blend truth and tale for the benefit of either one person at a time, or sometimes a crowd of many (in either circumstance we will provide cold cans of beer and refreshing soft drinks for all). Part residency, part business, part factory, part place of gathering, a consistent buzz of activity is to be expected in the concrete walls of our construct.This improbable place is like the elaborate hoax in The Sting, an environment crafted for the benefit (or perhaps the detriment) of a single gesture. It is the library in Richard Brautigan’s The Abortion where anybody who writes a book can drop it off, never to be read but always to be cared for. It is at its most basic a stand-in for the territory of the page facing a writer about to write, the visions that fill out sight and space for an artist. It is both a trap and a sanctuary. And it is open to the public.

For the next 8 weeks, we open as an office, a exhibition, publication, performance, and residency.In collaboration with, & featuring, Davide Balula, Neil Beloufa, Andrew Berardini, Isabelle Cornaro, Nikki Darling, Travis Diehl, Eve Fowler, Hedi El Kholti, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Camille Henrot, Nicolas Garait, Rita Gonzalez, Veronica Gonzalez Pena, Brian Kennon, Joseph Mosconi, Aude Pariset, Bernard Piffaretti, Tif Sigfrid, Ivette Soler, Charlie White and more to be announced shortly, we will hold events regularly (stay tuned), and launch weekly dispatches in print and PDF form, these are co-edited with Andrew Berardini.We will be hosting Tif’s Desk as one of our stations during the length of the show, The Mountain School’s library, a plant life by Ivette Soler as well as a desk-top residency by Brian Kennon.

The individual events will take place on March 4, March 16, March 23, March 29, April 5, April 12, April 21 and May 4.