Film & Media Arts
For video artists and underground filmmakers, the shadow of Southern California’s outsized film industry provides the perfect environment to experiment. Kenneth Anger’s visual anarchy and Paul McCarthy’s grotesqueries tested audiences’ patience, earned critical acclaim, and urged viewers to contemplate the nature of art itself. Video, as a medium, toys with expectations of the audience. It appropriates the format of surveillance films and amateur home footage, revealing the intimacy and paranoia of watching and being watched. The media arts is a slice of life or a exploration of dreams, codifying the human experience into moving images.
Past as Prologue: Director Dorothy Arzner in Hollywoodland
Past as Prologue: Director Dorothy Arzner in Hollywoodland
Dorothy Arzner was the only woman who worked regularly as a director in Hollywood during the 1920s through the 1940s. Her record of helming 20 films is still unbroken.
From Mr. Oizo to 'Reality': The Music and Films of Quentin Dupieux
From Mr. Oizo to 'Reality': The Music and Films of Quentin Dupieux
Quentin Dupieux appears to move back and forth between two worlds seamlessly. As a filmmaker, his projects embrace the absurd. As electronic music producer Mr. Oizo, he has consistently pushed the limits of dance floor beats.
Beyond the Walk of Fame: Director Sean Baker on 'Tangerine' and Los Angeles
Beyond the Walk of Fame: Director Sean Baker on 'Tangerine' and Los Angeles
In the film "Tangerine," which centers on the friendship of two transgender prostitutes, Los Angeles is a main character. Artbound recently caught up with director Sean Baker to reflect on the character of L.A., discovering his actors, and how to shoot a movie on an iPhone.
Petra Cortright: Post-Internet Art in the Social Media Age
Petra Cortright: Post-Internet Art in the Social Media Age
Petra Cortright was raised in Santa Barbara, but she grew up on the Internet. The artist's work is often typified as "post-Internet art" -- art that uses the Web as its medium, source, context and place where it is performed, all at once.
Self Portrait in Video: Kent Anderson Butler
Self Portrait in Video: Kent Anderson Butler
Kent Anderson Butler pushes the limits of his body in his performances. In his new video series "Sacred Encounters," his discomfort is exposed like a raw nerve.
Producer Walter Mirisch on His Expansive Career in Hollywood
Producer Walter Mirisch on His Expansive Career in Hollywood
The KCET Cinema Series presented actor and filmmaker Walter Mirisch with the Lumière Award at a special screening of the classic 1960 western "The Magnificent Seven." After the screening host Pete Hammond spoke with Mirisch.
'No Mas Bebés' Casts Light on Medical Sterilizations
'No Mas Bebés' Casts Light on Medical Sterilizations
A documentary film about reproductive justice, "No Mas Bebés" revisits the story of momentous lawsuit Madrigal vs. Quilligan, a case that involved the sterilization of Mexican immigrant women in the 1970s.
Soldadera: Nao Bustamante and Sergei Eisenstein's Unfinished Revolution
Soldadera: Nao Bustamante and Sergei Eisenstein's Unfinished Revolution
The complex relationship between the Mexican Revolution and the camera is taken up by Nao Bustamante in the cinematic installation anchoring her exhibition "Soldadera." With the short film, the artist reimagines and (re)enacts the the missing sequence from Sergei Eisenstein's never-finished film "¡Que Viva México!".
Gary Leonard's Photographic Amber
Gary Leonard's Photographic Amber
Photographer Gary Leonard reflects on his career of capturing what makes Los Angeles the palm-tree-paradise-with-a-noir bent city that it is.
Soldadera: Memory Machine
Soldadera: Memory Machine
The speculative qualities of Nao Bustamante's exhibition "Soldadera" make a space for marginalized voices to construct alternative futures. Central to the show is installation "Chac-Mool" -- a 7-minute, looping, scented memory machine.
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Architecture/ Design

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

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Community Arts

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

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Cultural Politics

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

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Film & Media Arts

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

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Literature

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

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Multi-Disciplinary

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

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Music

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

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Performance

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

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Visual Arts

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


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