Straight Through the Wall

As people, we constantly project our understanding of the world outward. Individual understandings intermix to create a greater shared reality as we come together to form the cities we live in. Still, human knowledge cannot be separated from the human experience. Different realities exist within the scope of our cumulative understanding. With this in mind, STRAIGHT THROUGH THE WALL asked various artists what they want to say about the experience of being human. Here we present their views, intermixed, connected yet separate.

Curated by Nic Koller, Jenn Ruff & Emma ZT

MOST PEOPLE: A Work in Progress

“Most People” is a collaborative, explorative dance & video work directed by Kate Morales & Nic Koller. “Most People” is the first draft of a dance/video installation that explores the individual & collective dysfunctionality of human behavior.

Kate and Nic began with a concept born from a place of political unrest and distrust in our futures. The movement that followed seeks to make sense of a woman’s place in the landscape of social and political repression.

How are women used as agents of war against other women? How are we complicit in the advancement of some which necessitates the displacement of others? Do we participate blindly or gleefully? How are we projecting our own failures onto others and what does it mean to see each other succeed? Is the feminine experience being weaponized against us, and are we wielding that weapon?

Presented by the Tank for “SPATIAL FILM” at Standard Toykraft on 11/13/2016 and the Online Performance Art Festival on 08/13/2017.

Estevan ♥’s Koreatown at Monkey Town

Friendly Lyft driver, Estevan, recounts stories about his neighbors & the history of LA’s Koreatown in this cracked, cubist short. Featuring Estevan Vianes. Installation footage by Matt Sessions.

This 2-channel version of Estevan ♥’s Koreatown ran in the nightly video program at Monkey Town 7 LA. The New York City cinema and dining project was open in Downtown Los Angeles for its Final Edition from June 1 through October 15, 2016. After 10 years in New York, Monkey Town traveled to Denver (2014), Barcelona (2015), and finished a 3-month run in Austin in February. The audience sat inside a giant 27-foot cube, watching a two-hour multi-screen video art program, dining on 5-course menus by Chef Nick Montgomery.

“Part-immersive video and film installation, part culinary experience, part communal gathering but in total, what Monkey Town is, is a personal narrative developed by the visitor.”
— Vice Magazine


Georges Gurdjieff once referred to humanity as “food for the moon”, explaining that our existence is part of a large magnetic field, constantly pulling and feeding. Whatever we do, whatever choices we make, however long we live, we will eventually be consumed by our surrounding atmosphere for the sake of its vitality, conscious or not. This vitality is powered by the sun, at the heart of the cycle, which projects heat and light onto the atmosphere, bounced back to us by the reflective moon. This is nature. We are all mirrors.

“Food for the Moon” is an experiential video installation exploring small moments of that magnetic field. Through atmospheric shifts in a dark room, can we begin to understand our cyclical relationship to everything that surrounds us?

Please feel free to take your shoes off and tread on our elements, here for your sensory consumption. Though they are human-oriented and manipulated, they are nature-made and still floating along in space beside us and everything else.

Made in collaboration with Emma Zbiral-Teller & Jenn Ruff, presented by The Tank for “SPATIAL FILM” on 5/1/2016