Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Late Night Art | Video on the Loose: Freewaves and 20 Years of Media Arts


June 26, 2010 at the LACMA plaza

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the LA-based new media arts organization Freewaves, with international experimental media art from the past 20 years, and a preview of the new John Baldessari retrospective. Enjoy food, drinks and a live DJ!

As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, Freewaves will present Video on the Loose at LACMA’s Late Night Art Event on Saturday, June 26, 2010, from 8-11pm. The event will animate the museum’s north piazza with 20+ experimental media art works produced over the past two decades. The videos span perspectives from the identity politics of the 1990s to post-9/11 reality checks, from deep inside the mass media landscape to observations from media makers in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The evening includes four programs, with over 20 artists’ videos that move, amuse and bewilder

Squirm: Body-related, uncomfortable but spellbinding images, sounds and narratives

Trouble: Artists willing to broach danger and take it on as a complex subject

Pop Cop: Playful and critical responses to television ads, news, and authorities

Dual/Duel: Conflicts and contrasts coming from different points of view

Each of the 20+ videos will be looping continuously on separate monitors.

Featured artists
Brooke Alfaro; Barbie Liberation Organization; Caitlin Berrigan; Jaco Bouwer; Portia Cobb; Tony Cokes; John Davis; Stephane Degoutin, Marika Dermineur & Gwenola Wagon; Matt Dibble & David Chung; James Duesing; Daniel Mason; Matthew McDaniel; Meena Nanji; Michael O’Reilly; Johanna Priestley & Joan Gratz; John Richey; Marlon Riggs; Janice Tanaka; Aaron Valdez; and Zhou Xiaohu.

Related program
A dialogue with Freewaves Director Anne Bray & media art theorist Kenneth Rogers
Art Catalogues in LACMA store at 9:15 p.m.

Join in a dialogue about the basic questions underlying the book Video on the Loose: “What are the most important changes in the medium over the last 20 years?” and “What do you want the field of media arts to become?” Bray will highlight comments by many contributors in conversation with Rogers, who wrote the book’s primary essay about the problematic history of video art.

On the occasion of its anniversary, Freewaves has published a special edition book and DVD in recognition of its two decades of promoting access to and participation in new media arts. Video on the Loose: Freewaves and 20 years of media arts raises provocative questions about the nature of the medium, while arguing its contribution to broader social processes. Artists’ perspectives are interspersed throughout. Along with the book is a DVD documenting the evolution of the media arts as a medium for activism and aesthetic experimentation. The book + DVD may be purchased at LACMA’s Art Catalogues store.

Tickets for the Late Night Art event are $10. Advance tickets may be purchased at lacma.org, LACMA’s Welcome Centers, or by phone at 323 857-6010. Tickets can also be purchased at the event.

Freewaves is a grassroots yet global nonprofit arts organization connecting innovative, relevant, independent new media from around the world. The organization is funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; CHORA/Metabolic Studio/Annenberg Foundation/Lauren Bon; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The James Irvine Foundation; City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; Getty Grant Program; Pasadena Art Alliance; National Endowment for the Arts; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; and Freewaves members.

For more information about Freewaves, visit www.freewaves.org or contact Anne Bray at
anne@freewaves.org and 323.871.1950.

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