No. 9 (The final performance in the series: My Death is Pending…  Because.)
8 June 2017

Night of Destruction with Fireworks, Demolition Derby
Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 5 pm to 10 pm

Irwindale Speedway
500 Speedway Drive
Irwindale, CA 91706

Tickets are available through Irwindale Speedway:

On July 1, 2017, the internationally renowned conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll will realize No. 9, the final performance in the ongoing series My Death is Pending…  Because. The performance will take place at Irwindale Speedway and is a part of an ongoing series of artworks that Carroll started in 1986.

For the performance No. 9, Carroll will participate in the demolition derby during the Night of Destruction and drive the 1985 Buick Riviera, the car that she previously crashed into the Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde in Munich, Germany in 2004/2005 for the performance Late. There will be an accompanying film shot that evening and a photographic work of the same title. Carroll’s performance will entail the driving of the car in a pattern that mirrors the flow of blood through the body’s organs until she wins the derby, or until she is stopped by the demolition. You can be a part of demolition derby and the actual drive by supporting No. 9.

The series emerges from a Rube Goldberg/stream-of-consciousness methodology—a conceptual process where something simple is extracted from a set of complex ideas that continue until the process comes to a complete stop. The ’85 Buick Riviera was a car that Carroll’s father had purchased and it was the last year the model would be made by GM at the Linden, New Jersey plant. The following year, GM would alter the model significantly in anticipation of it being phased out of production. The ashes of Carroll’s father are in the glove compartment in an ILLY coffee tin that is another work in this series titled, ILLY (THE TIN IS HALF FULL.).

Late, 2004/2005 was a commission for the exhibition, wir arbeiten immer noch daran, nicht mehr zu arbeiten (we keep working, to no longer work). Following the performance ­of the car crash into the Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde, the organizers repaired and shipped the car back to the port in Elizabeth, New Jersey in the United States from Munich, Germany. It is worth commenting that the Francis Alys work Lada Kopeika Project is in direct reference to Late and as was noted by the curator Britta Peters in Muenster, “Late was realized ten years earlier.”

No. 9 is a performance and will include a film and photo series documenting the entire process. The work also incorporates the research and history of the speedway and its redevelopment into a shopping mall through foreign investment that can be linked to China’s trade initiative One Belt, One Road. Carroll is producing the work in collaboration with Ball-Nogues Studio, Eyespy Films, MEC, studios, With Projects, Inc., Michele Asselin and the award winning director and Academy Award nominee Jessica Sanders.


Michele Asselin is an artist best known for her photographic portraiture focusing on individual identities within larger social constructs. Asselin has worked as an editorial photographer and many of her iconic portraits of leading cultural and public figures, including Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Jeff Koons, Donald Trump and Kara Walker, have been widely published. in 2013, she photographed Hollywood Park Race Track before its demolition, and returned in 2016 to photograph the abandoned Hollywood Park Casino and the detritus left behind. Her inclusion in the 2017 California-Pacific Triennial marks the debut of this body of work and Asselin’s first museum exhibition.


Ball-Nogues Studio is an integrated design and fabrication practice operating in a territory between architecture, art and industrial design, led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues. Essential to each project is the “design” of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement.

Eyespy Films Michael Isabell has been producing still and motion imagery professionally since 1997, working primarily in fashion, music and documentary. Michael has been actively shooting stills and moving images since the age of 6. Through high school he and his production group The Royalist Ones produced eight short narrative videos, which Michael variously wrote, directed, acted, shot and edited. In the US Navy Michael as served Weapons Department Yeoman and as a Navy Journalist aboard the USS Tripoli during Operation Desert Storm.  Michael studied Fine Art Photography at San Francisco State University.

Jessica Sanders is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, a director, producer and writer who works in both documentary and dramatic films. Sanders completed AFTER INNOCENCE, the highly acclaimed independent feature documentary film that she directed, produced, and wrote.


With Projects, Inc. is a multi-disciplinary curatorial practice and design studio based in New York City founded by Jiminie Ha in 2011. With Projects, Inc. imagines artistic and commercial projects from concept to execution.