Artists-in-Residence at the Camera Obscura Art Lab Explore: A Universal Vernacular, Serial Experiments and One-to-One Performance

January 8, 2019

Artists-in-Residence at the Camera Obscura Art Lab Explore: A Universal Vernacular, Serial Experiments and One-to-One Performance

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Multidisciplinary artist Max King Cap and dancer-choreographer DaEun Jung are the next Studio Artists-in-Residence at the Camera Obscura Art Lab, working onsite between January 9, 2019 and April 17, 2019.  

Dr. Max King Cap is a visual and media artist originally from Chicago. His work has been featured in galleries and museums in Vienna, Stuttgart, New York and other cities in Europe and the United States. Among several awards, he is the recipient of Creative Capital and Artadia grants. A former firefighter and public relations specialist, Dr. Cap earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Chicago and his doctorate from the University of Southern California. At Camera Obscura, he is experimenting with the manifesto format while continuing his text Broadsides series, continuing work on his Exonerated painting series, in which mark-making bears witness to corruptions of the carceral state, and is writing a play titled 59 Inches, exploring the histories of Ota Benga and Sam Magee in a fable of power and powerlessness. For more information about Dr. Cap and to read his full bio, please visit  

DaEun Jung is a choreographer, dancer, drummer and educator, originally from Seoul, South Korea. Her choreographic practice encompasses somatic and rhythmic exploration, improvisation, and an investigation into innovative dance-making methods. Rooted in classical Korean dance training from the age of 12, Jung considers her main assignment as a bicultural artist to redefine the forms and principles of Korean dance in a contemporary context. At the Camera, she will be developing an 'Earthian Folk Dance,' based on the concept of a group dance that reconciles folk, social, and virtuosic dance forms for all inhabitants of our planet. Her weekly events present opportunities to explore rhythm and movement, encourage kinesthetic excitement through participatory dance, and nurture communal and cultural awareness between neighbors. For more information about DaEun Jung and to read her full bio, please visit

Events with Max King Cap  

Two-Minute Playwriting: Jump in to playwriting or hone your existing skills while practicing structure: set-up, conflict, redirection, and resolution in bite-sized writing. Each participant will write a two-page, two-character play, then pair with another participant to read both pieces aloud, with each acting in their own and in the other's work. After a feedback and editing session, we'll all converge for a play marathon. No previous experience required, just a willingness to experiment with words and action. 
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 12 - 2 p.m. 

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2 - 4 p.m. 

Saturday, Feb. 23, 1 - 3 p.m. 

Saturday, March 16, 1 - 3 p.m. 

Thursday, April 11, 1 - 3 p.m.  

Manifesto Writing: Say it Like You Mean It! Manifestos feature concentrated writing that exists to challenge, draw attention, and provoke. Choose a position, a mantra, an oath—then spell it out on a single sheet of paper. Whether you focus on content or font design, make every mark count! You can try a classic numbered-clause manifesto, make it short and sweet - a one sentence meme, or craft a mission statement that lays out the groundwork for your future. Explore the possibilities! 
Saturday, Jan. 19, 1 - 3 p.m. 

Saturday, Feb. 9, 1 - 3 p.m. 

Saturday, March 2, 1-3 p.m. 

Thursday, March 28, 1 - 3 p.m.  

Serialist Painting: Repetition in Visual Art. Create a repetitive geometry-based design project. The use of pattern and repetition has a long a varied history in visual art. Through strategies like Pattern & Decoration, Minimalism, and Op Art, artists have employed the most elemental of mark marking to create engaging, mesmeric, and striking compositions. This workshop will help each participant become familiar with some of the basic principles of color and composition.
Wednesday, Jan 23, 12-2 p.m.  

Thursday, Feb. 14, 1-3 p.m. 

Tuesday, March 12, 1-3 p.m. 

Thursday, March 21, 1-3 p.m. 


Events with DaEun Jung  

Kitchenware Percussion Group: Assemble a percussion set out of kitchenware. Explore variation of rhythm in a small group and learn basic percussion skills and patterns. 

Saturday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Saturday, Jan. 19, 12 - 2 p.m. 

Sogochum Hand Drum Dance: Learn basic skills for playing a traditional Korean hand drum and simple rhythmic patterns, dance steps and combinations to practice in a group. 

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 12 - 2 p.m. 

Saturday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  

Earthian Folk Dance: View an in-progress excerpt from DaEun Jung's residency project, the 'Earthian Folk Dance,' and contribute your own movement to the development of the EFD movement vocabulary. EFD celebrates team spirit and bodily exhilaration, and challenges the tropes of both post-modern choreography and traditional folk dance. 

Saturday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Korean Maskmaking: Get a fun introduction to the origin and the purpose of Korean traditional masks by building your own. 

Saturday, Feb. 16, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Saturday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Talchum Mask Dance: Try Korean Talchum dancing and learn arm movements for long sleeves, vocal phrases and movement variations. Long sleeved dancing props and masks provided. 

Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Saturday, March 9, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Ganggangsullae Round Dance: Learn about the history of the Korean Ganggangsullae group dance form and practice its games, movements, and tactics. 

Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.   

Events with Dr. Cap and DaEun Jung: Max King Cap & DaEun Jung, New Works Presentation, RSVP here.

Saturday, April 13, 3 - 6 p.m.


To register for these artist-in-residence events, please visit

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