What if The Geffen Playhouse granted you the opportunity to put on any show of your choosing in collaboration with your esteemed magician friend? Well, that’s exactly what happened to LA native and conceptual artist Glenn Kaino.
Created and performed by Derek Delgaudio (magician friend) and produced by Glenn, In & Of Itself is not a conventional magic show or even a play—it’s an interactive narrative experience that Derek has been working on for the better part of a decade. In other words, it's psychological manipulation that we welcome with open arms. Trust us, you’ll walk out having just traveled through space and time, wide-eyed, mouth agape, believing in magic. Even David Blaine thinks the show is “changing the game.”
“A lot of that show is about the heterogeneous nature of what people think and how things are defined, so the nature of the show ‘in and of itself’ reflects a concept … see what I did there? It’s fun, really fun,” Glenn tells us.
From left: Glenn Kaino, Derek Delgaudio and Frank Oz on set of In & Of Itself. Image courtesy of Jeff Lorch Photography
The Los Angeles community finds the mind-bending narrative fun too. It’s now in its fifth extension, running through August 28, making it the most successful production The Geffen has seen in the Audrey Skirball Kenis theater since the duo’s (they call themselves A.Bandit) last production in 2012.
Bridge by Glenn Kaino in a 2014 Washington D.C. installation. Image courtesy of Glenn Kaino Studio
“We want to raise questions about the singularity of the hegemonic, controlling voice, and we can't do that by creating one sort of oppositional voice. It needs to be a voice of many, an inclusive voice,” says the conceptual visionary.
As we’ve essentially crowned Glenn as our creative guru, we had to have him show us the way to LA’s most inspirational art spaces:
The Geffen Playhouse
The Hammer Museum
Image courtesy of @vega_schenk
18th Street Arts Center
Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles
Arden Shore is a writer, dot connector and sock collector from Los Angeles who believes if everyone wore more yellow, we would be one step closer to world peace. See what catches her eye at @ardyparty.
Featured image of Glenn Kaino's "Desktop Operation: There's No Place Like Home (10th Example of Rapid Dominance: Em City)" courtesy of The Project, NYC and Glenn Kaino