Elana Mann: Driven by What’s Inside

Inspired by 10-day-long traffic jams in China, devastating oil spills in the gulf, the “end” of the Iraq war, and fatal off-road races in the Mojave desert, Driven by What’s Inside was an outdoor performance and cinema event that reconsidered the role of the automobile in contemporary society. The evening bridged together performance and video work by Vera Brunner-Sung, Ecstatic Energy Consultants Inc. in collaboration with Elana Mann, Diana-Sofia Estrada, Alexa Gerrity, Joseph Imhauser, Noah Klersfeld, Julie Lequin, Benjamin Love, Susan Mogul, and Carlin Wing. These artworks undermine the banality and brutality of the automobile by any means possible whether through psychedelic road-tripping, FM radio talk-shows, or love songs. Artist Elana Mann presented Driven by What’s Inside as a way to deepen explorations in her own work related to cars, driving, and war. This event was the second in a new series for Mann, in which she attempted to redress her grandfather’s involvement in the Manhattan Project by creating a “peace bomb” with other artists.

Public Events:

Exhibition Opening: October 2, 2010

Participating artists:

Vera Brunner-Sung, Ecstatic Energy Consultants Inc. in collaboration with Elana Mann, Diana-Sofia Estrada, Alexa Gerrity, Joseph Imhauser, Noah Klersfeld, Julie Lequin, Benjamin Love, Susan Mogul, and Carlin Wing.

This project is made possible through a grant from The Pasadena Department of Cultural Affairs Arts and Culture Commission and an ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation as well as Guest Hause Residency.