Artbound 2012: Best of Orange County

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Over our first season, we published hundreds of articles, produced twenty-two short documentaries, and aired three hour-long television episodes. We traversed the cultural landscapes sprawling across our state from the metropolises to the towns, between the coast and the desert, across the border, and into the mountains. On New Year's Day, we will be airing a three-hour Artbound Marathon which will feature all of our episodes mashed up into one explosion of Southern California arts and culture. But for the next few days, we will be reliving some of the most read articles by our contributors, breaking down the most popular articles by county and discipline. We hope you enjoy catching up on all the artistic discussions and activities that make California the creative capital of the world!

Siempre es Hoy: Capturing the Latin Alternative Moment

Andrea Balency | Artist: Floria Gonzales, Mx City.

Twenty years ago, musician Emilio Morales started La Banda Elástica as a fanzine. It featured huge Latin alternative acts at a time when no other American publication did.

Prison Dancer: A Transmedia Musical Hopes to Transcend Borders

Prison Dancer.

In 2007, a viral video of 1500 inmates from the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines dancing to Michael Jackson's biggest hit, "Thriller," inspired "Prison Dancer," a musical that seeks to gain traction on the Internet.

Parker Jacobs Can't Lose

Parker Jacobs.

"Yo Gabba Gabba" art director Parker Jacobs inspired the Aquabats and also inspired a whole generation of kids to be gleefully weird. The most influential Hungtington Beach artist that you've never heard of recalls his long, strange, colorful path to fame.

How Exene Cervenka Came to Rule Over the Boy's Club

Exene by the Moonlight Graham batting cages

An Artbound exclusive video of punk goddess Exene Cervenka, lead singer/songwriter of X, as she hosts and performs at the Moonlight Graham Hootenanny and shares her trials with health issues.

Exposing Underground Art in Laguna Beach

Macha Suzuki's, 'Nice Try Installation.' | Photo: Michael Farmer.

ex•pose is a new program at Laguna Art Museum that focuses on one emerging or mid-career contemporary artist at a time. Artist Macha Suzuki's installations are featured until January 2013.

Weekly Video Vote Winners from Orange County

With your help, our editorial team reviewed and rated the most compelling weekly articles. One of these articles was passed along to our video production unit, who produced a short-format documentary based on the selected story. Every week, a new video debuted online. And every other month, we compiled the best online material to create a broadcast television episode. Check out all the 2012 head-to-head matches on our vote page.

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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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