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HAHAxParadigm Presents: "The Garden of Alternate Histories"

Posted on August 11 2014

Painting and sculpture by Sarah Bereza and an interactive, multimedia installation by Fall on Your Sword 

Ginger Rudolph
Tel: +1 215 498 9127

The Garden of Alternate Histories
Painting and sculpture by Sarah Bereza and an interactive, multimedia installation by Fall on Your Sword
Hosted by HAHAxParadigm at Paradigm Gallery + Studio in Philadelphia, PA
July 25, 2014 – August 23, 2014  

Friday, July 25, 2014 • 5:00 – 6:00pm
*Please RSVP to

Friday, August 22, 2014 • 6:00 – 10:00pm

Paradigm Gallery + Studio
746 S 4th Street, 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19147



THE GARDEN OF ALTERNATE HISTORIES is a rumination on parallel probabilities.  SARAH BEREZA’s finely wrought narratives are a slowly moving psychological revenge thriller where nature reclaims what was once rightfully its own.

We attempt to create a sense of order; houses are planned out, a sense of calm is achieved.  The natural world has an order too, but chaos happens when this balance is upset.  It is an ongoing battle of humans invading the natural world, and the natural world unwittingly fighting back.

Alongside Bereza’s paintings is the interactive piece THE DARKNESS TURNED TO NIGHT, created by multimedia art collective FALL ON YOUR SWORD.

Guiding a lobotomized mid century lawn mower, the viewer controls the action in this darkly cinematic world of alternate realties. Part Lynch, part Lewis Carroll, part Haruki Murakami; the piece is a totally immersive surround sound experience informed by Bereza's work.



FALL ON YOUR SWORD are a multi-media art collective spearheaded by award-winning composer & multi instrumentalist WILL BATES.  From their beginnings as viral video mavericks Fall On Your Sword have notched up an impressive list of credits as recording and performing artists.  When performed live around the globe, their original electro-disco jams are paired with slyly edited video clips and have amassed millions of hits on YouTube.  From their Brooklyn studios FOYS have scored many feature films including Another Earth (2011), Nobody Walks (2012) and We Steal Secrets : The Story Of Wikileaks (2013).  In 2012 FOYS built their first interactive piece; the highly acclaimed apocalyptic piano SEA OF FIRE, shown at The Spring Break Art Show. Since then a rich collaboration with artist SARAH BEREZA has resulted in an abundance of interactive audio visual contraptions and commissions, including BLAZE OF THUNDER, PRIVATE DRIVE-IN, and THE DARKNESS TURNS TO NIGHT. 

SARAH BEREZA was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1979. She received her BFA in Painting from the School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan in 2001. Bereza has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and the United Kingdom at venues in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Miami, Birmingham and London. Her work was included in the group exhibition Contemporary Imaginings: The Howard A. And Judy Tullman Collection (2006) at the Mobile Museum of Art (Alabama) and the Saatchi Online Gallery during the 2008 edition of Pulse New York. Bereza has collaborated with New York-based music and arts collective FALL ON YOUR SWORD initially at The Spring/Break Art Show during Armory Week and then numerous shows across the country. Her work has been featured in publications including ARTINFO, artefuse, artslant, Art F City and Hyperallergic. In 2006, Minimalist pioneer Gary Kuehn and Bereza published to have and to be, a small-format artist book released by Cologne-based publisher Walther König. Bereza lives and works in Brooklyn.



HAHA x Paradigm is an artist-to-community program that has been developing over the past three years through collaborations between HAHA Magazine and Paradigm Gallery. HAHA Magazine’s global focus on the arts is now officially combining forces with Paradigm Gallery’s local community-based scope on a regular basis to bring artists and interactive arts projects from around the world to Philadelphia. This platform will not only allow us to invite artists that are working on community-based projects in other parts of the world to share in our open dialogue about the benefits of public art, but also to physically bring their projects to our home city of Philadelphia.


For further information on catalogs and event dates, please contact:
Sara McCorriston

Paradigm Gallery + Studio
Gallery open hours: Saturdays 12:00 – 6:00pm
Open by appointment 7 days a week
Call: (267)266-0073


A digital catalog including pricing is available upon request.  Please email