Artbound Season 4 Episode 1

Artbound explores the arts and culture of Southern California through articles, essays, and thinkpieces by more than 80 contributors in 11 counties. These correspondents cover cultural happenings in the communities where they live, providing an inside look at art across the region. Then the Artbound audience votes online for an article to be made into a short online video. Those videos are then assembled into a broadcast television show.

View the articles featured in this episode below:

Metralleta de Oro: Bringing the Bling to Cumbia

The trio of young Mexican American DJs Metralleta de Oro specialize in Sonidero, an extremely rhythmic sub-genre of the Mexican, Central and South American cumbia genre notable for its thumping repetitive bass lines.

Of Earth and Domes: Hesperia's Cal-Earth Sustainable Architecture

Artbound heads to San Bernardino to explore the tubular sandbagging construction techniques of the California Institute of Earth Architecture, whose handmade structures are redefining sustainable housing.

Bringing Healthy Food Alternatives to Boyle Heights

In Boyle Heights, the group Public Matters' Market Makeovers project is addressing the "grocery gap" in "food deserts," areas that have limited access to quality, healthy food. The process involves the physical transformation of existing corner stores.

Hiromi Takizawa's ULTRAVIOLET Illuminations

Hiromi Takizawa plays with light and glass. Her "ULTRAVIOLET" installation observes the role of light in architectural and environmental spaces.

The Infectious Ephemera of Germs

Visual artist, Jaime "Germs" Zacarias takes inspiration from religious iconography, lucha libre, and the city of Los Angeles to create his signature tentacle-filled works.

Chelsea Wolfe

Goth-indie rocker Chelsea Wolfe performs her song "House of Metal" for a live studio audience.

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icon, Architecture/ Design discipline

Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline


Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline


Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline


A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline


Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.

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