Nao Bustamante:
Voice Memos Vol. 3

Date October 16, 2017

X-TRA Online presents the third installment of our series of the voice memos of Nao Bustamante.
More songs!: Songs about dogs, songs about love, and songs about how you absolutely should not fuck with her kids.

Check out Volume 2>, and Volume 1>.

These recordings are the quick and dirty notes-to-self and little ditties that offer a glimpse into the artist’s thinking process. Tomorrow’s great ideas in their most embryonic form. The short verbal sketches are too brief to be entirely diaristic, but …

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Travis Diehl
Op-Ed: An Ultra-red Line

Date October 12, 2017

This text was commissioned by X-TRA as part of Field Perspectives 2017, a co-publishing initiative organized and supported by Common Field as a part of their Los Angeles 2017 Convening. Field Perspectives 2017 is a collaboration between Common Field and arts publications ARTS.BLACK, Art Practical, The Chart, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, contemptorary, DIRT, Pelican Bomb, Temporary Art Review, and X-TRA. Partners each commissioned a piece of writing that aims to catalyze …

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Nao Bustamante:
Voice Memos Vol. 2

Date October 4, 2017

 

Our second release of Nao Bustamante’s voice memos. Selected by the artist for this X-TRA web project, these recordings span songwriting ideas, notes-to-self, dream diaries, travelogues and provide a glimpse into the artist’s thinking process. The short verbal sketches are too brief to be entirely diaristic, but through their wry humor manage to be disarmingly personal, and reveal Nao as an amateur songwriter and lover of folk music.

Listen to Volume 1> and Volume 3>

Nao Bustamante is an internationally …

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Nao Bustamante:
Voice Memos Vol. 1

Date September 29, 2017

The first installment of Nao Bustamante’s Voice Memos, selected by the artist for X-TRA Online.

These recordings are the quick and dirty notes-to-self and little ditties that offer a glimpse into the artist’s thinking process. Tomorrow’s great ideas in their most embryonic form. The short verbal sketches are too brief to be entirely diaristic, but through their wry humor manage to be disarmingly personal, and reveal Nao as an amateur songwriter and lover of folk music.

Check out Voice Memos Vol. 2 …

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Nao Bustamante:
Voice Memo #1: Crappy Hippie House

Date September 25, 2017

The first of Nao Bustamante’s Voice Memos,
X-TRA Online’s new web-exclusive series

A sneak-peek of Nao Bustamante’s selection of her phone voice memos. These recordings are the quick and dirty notes-to-self, a glimpse into the artist’s thinking process: tomorrow’s great ideas in their most embryonic form. The short verbal sketches are too brief to be entirely diaristic, but through their wry humor manage to be disarmingly personal.

 

Nao Bustamante is an internationally known artist, residing in Los Angeles, California. Bustamante’s precarious work encompasses performance …

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EJ Hill
A Love Letter

Date September 11, 2017

 

EJ Hill. Namesake (after heartbreak). 2014/2017.Courtesy the artist and Commonwealth & Council

“When I don’t have the strength, I’m just a mirror of what I see.”
–Ronald Isley

It’s difficult to say exactly when I first fell in love. I admit, I am an expert in the falling part, an expert in the terrifyingly rapid and seemingly endless descent part. Impressively fluent in the complete and total surrender part. The knee-buckling, stomach-dropping, giddy and intoxicated by my own desire-for-another part. …

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