For our Special Projects, Artbound traces the evolution of ambitious, time-based art pieces. We check in regularly with artists who use the Artbound transmedia platform to inform and engage online audiences to interact with offline happenings.
Through the eye of the Liminal Camera, a repurposed shipping container, Lauren Bon and the Optics Division of The Metabolic Studio trace the movement of silver and water from the Owens Valley through pipelines and bank accounts.
Arts Shrink is a bi-weekly column designed to answer questions from artists and arts groups related to their arts business and practice.
Borderblaster brings together the voices of vendors, artisans, artists, and activists in a series of conversations, readings, and interviews that reimagine the Mercado de Artesanias de la Linea and the crossing as a whole as an agora.
Chats About Change: Critical Conversations on Art and Politics is five conversations addressing contemporary themes that artists and activists are developing in Los Angeles today.
Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest is a multi-faceted project by L.A.-based artist Alexandra Grant encompassing a series of public drawing sessions, reading groups, artist collaborations and an installation at 18th Street Arts Center.
From the Archives opens the doors to cultural institutions around Southern California revealing the art and objects that are often unseen by the public.
Artbound's music series Hear and Now explores songs with a sense of place. The idea is simple: put Southern California musicians in the locations that inspired a song, and document a performance of the song, in that place.
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre (HDDT) creates ephemeral contemporary art experiences in extraordinary places that boldly redefine the relationship between audience and art.
High & Dry will survey the legacy of human enterprise in the California desert.
Conceived by artist Hillary Mushkin, Incendiary Traces is a conceptually driven, community-generated art project that explores the political act of representing the Southern California landscape by creating a series of “draw-in” events in different locations across the region.
Artbound provides an exclusive look at the avant-garde opera, "Invisible Cities."
"Love on San Pedro" is inspired by the people who live, love and work in Skid Row, downtown Los Angeles.
Through a series of short films and articles, Monomania L.A. profiles five L.A. as Subject collectors who have turned a monomaniacal obsession with a particular aspect of Southern California history into a public resource.
Nuestro Lugar: North Shore is the first resident-designed, culture-driven, community development project in the rural, migrant community of North Shore, California. Over the course of a year, Artbound will chronicle Nuestro Lugar's various physical improvements, economic activity projects, and multi-faceted arts and culture initiatives that will use North Shore’s assets as catalysts for change.
Tanya Aguiñiga, is a maker of objects. A student of craft traditions, she is staging performance craft events and chronicling the process in text and images.
Come one, come all for 51 miles and 51 weeks of play on the mighty LA River starting September 13, 2014. Join Play the LA River to explore, enjoy, reclaim, and reimagine the river as a grand civic space that can green and connect our communities.
Public Matters’ Market Makeovers green the food desert -- one corner store at a time.
To trace the trajectory of Southern California art, Artbound is creating a collective timeline comprised of the decisive events that shaped artists' creative development.
Created by artist Nao Bustamante, Soldadera is a “speculative reenactment” of women’s participation on the front lines of the Mexican Revolution.
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles is a multi-platform collaboration between the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Public Library, and USC professor Josh Kun that brings to life the Library's extraordinary Southern California Sheet Music Collection.
The Mojave Project is an experimental transmedia documentary by Kim Stringfellow exploring the physical, geological and cultural landscape of the Mojave Desert. The Mojave Project reconsiders and establishes multiple ways in which to interpret this unique and complex landscape, through association and connection of seemingly unrelated sites, themes, and subjects thus creating a speculative and immersive experience for its audience.
“The Unfinished” is an obelisk-shaped excavation located along the banks of the channelized L.A. River.
The purpose of The War on Both Sides/La guerra de los dos lados is to turn distance into proximity, alienation into intimacy, to build an ethical bridge across the border that says the violence itself is Other.
There It Is—Take It! is a self-guided car audio tour through Owens Valley, California along U.S. Route 395 examining the controversial social, political, and environmental history of the Los Angeles Aqueduct system.
Witches. Wisdom. Wonder. Vireo is an opera created for TV and online broadcast. A multi-episode production, it considers the usage of "female hysteria" throughout the decades. In 2015, "Vireo" was the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Multimedia Award.
Into the Forest Primeval: Taming the Sun, Building a Hill
Into the Forest Primeval: Taming the Sun, Building a Hill
Writer/ photographer duo High & Dry travel through the alphabet avenues of Lancaster. They make a stop at the green energy Sierra SunTower station and come across the city's Landfill & Recycling Center.
Blind Opera Singer Laurie Rubin on the Textures of Music
Blind Opera Singer Laurie Rubin on the Textures of Music
Blind from birth, 36-year old mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin not only sings opera, designs a line of jewelry and is a memoirist, but recently collaborated on "Peace On Your Wings" -- a musical that commemorates the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Gopherus Agassizii: A Cultural History of Tortoises
Gopherus Agassizii: A Cultural History of Tortoises
The desert tortoise, the state reptile for both Nevada and California, truly embodies the physicality and timelessness of the Mojave Desert but is also most negatively affected by our own human presence herein.
CA 395: The High Road Home From Burning Man
CA 395: The High Road Home From Burning Man
Writer/ photographer duo High & Dry list locations with art that Burning Man attendees can explore on their way home from the annual week-long event.
Soldadera: Loving in the War Years
Soldadera: Loving in the War Years
Exhibition "Soldadera" disrupts the master narratives of the Mexican Revolution. It revitalizes archives to uncover hidden stories, imagines and creates an alternate reality, and commemorates women of an important past while searching for new ways to protect the self and the body.
Soldadera: The Armored Rebozo
Soldadera: The Armored Rebozo
A bulletproof rebozo hangs on a wall in Nao Bustamante's exhibition "Soldadera." The yellow shawl carries the stories of women who were a part of the Mexican Revolution's violent history but that are often unrecognized.
Zzyzx: Revisiting Doc Springer's Boulevard of Dreams
Zzyzx: Revisiting Doc Springer's Boulevard of Dreams
Open for 30 years, The Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Health Resort was the vision of radio evangelist and business man Curtis Howe Springer. The once popular desert destination was a place where guests could bask in sermons and sunshine, and restore with a special diet.
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!".
The Bowtie Parcel's Narrative Landscape
The Bowtie Parcel's Narrative Landscape
Accessible by mobile phone, designer Rosten Woo's audio tour informs visitors to the Bowtie Parcel about its history and surrounding landscape.
The Mojave Project: John C. Van Dyke and the Desert Wasteland
The Mojave Project: John C. Van Dyke and the Desert Wasteland
Although collective attitudes towards arid landscapes have changed drastically over time, the concept of desert as wasteland continues to persist.
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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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Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

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

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

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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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