“Lucky Dragons” means any recorded or performed or installed or packaged or shared pieces made by Luke Fischbeck, Sarah Rara, and any sometimes collaborators. They try to do as many different kinds of things as they can, high and low, fast and slow. They would say they are “artists who use music” and if they make performance art it is to alter and append it, but they give respect to history and the people who live there.
Today’s influences include: Nikki de St Phalle, Joan Didion, COBRA, Hieronymous Bosch, Thomas Jefferson, Tina Turner, Allan Kaprow, Joan Jonas, Bruce Nauman, Mayan Codices, Ivor Cutler, Jacques Ranciere, Helio Oticia.
Lucky Dragons shows are about the birthing of new and temporary creatures- creating equal-power situations in which audience members cooperate amongst themselves, to build a fragile network of digital signals connected by touching on the skin. There have been hundreds of these simple yet shifting and unpredictable instances- with audiences ranging from the intense intimacy of one person to the public spectacle of over one thousand people. At the heart of it all is playing together- building up social collectivities, re-engaging the wonder and impossibility of technology and live performance. It sounds- and looks- like simple and ancient patterns coming together and falling apart in a sincere attempt to let wires and screens and words become clear and crystal.
They keep a busy schedule of performances and visits and festivals and workshops and things, in the present, and in the past: NY’s PS1, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Philadelphia Institute for Contemporary Art, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Frankfurt’s Schirn Kunsthalle, Los Angeles’ The Smell, NY’s The Kitchen, and the 2008 Whitney Biennial, The Smithsonian Institute’s Hirshorn Museum, and Tokion’s Creativity Now conference. Lucky Dragons live in Los Angeles California and have recorded 19 albums which are all available for downloading.
Lucky Dragons’ sister projects include sumi ink club- a weekly collaborative drawing society, and glaciers of nice- a small press and internet community.
Portland State University’s Art Department offers free public lectures every Monday night of the school year. This is the ninth lecture of the fourth year of the PMMNLS. The PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series is supported in part by PICA, Reed College, Lewis and Clark College, and The NW Film Center.