Projects
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.
Vireo is a new opera composed by Lisa Bielawa on a libretto by Erik Ehn and directed by Charles Otte, featuring 16-year-old soprano Rowen Sabala.
Monomania L.A.: Exploring California Collections
Monomania L.A.: Exploring California Collections
Monomania L.A. profiles collectors who have turned a monomaniacal obsession into a public resource. An Artbound special episode showcasing the series debuted March 17 on KCET.
Desert Deployment: Southern California's World War II Desert Training Center
Desert Deployment: Southern California's World War II Desert Training Center
Thirty miles east of Indio, California in a largely uninhabited desert landscape, sits the largest military training ground in U.S. history, though you might not have heard of it.
Monomania L.A.: Kent Kirkton and Images of Black L.A.
Monomania L.A.: Kent Kirkton and Images of Black L.A.
Kent Kirkton's collection of images by African-American photographers is an essential resource for anyone researching the history of African-Americans in L.A.
Librettist Erik Ehn on Writing 'Vireo'
Librettist Erik Ehn on Writing 'Vireo'
"Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser" is based on research done by composer Lisa Bielawa did on the history of female hysteria for her college thesis.
Monomania L.A.: Ernest Marquez and Rancho Boca de Santa Monica
Monomania L.A.: Ernest Marquez and Rancho Boca de Santa Monica
Ernest Marquez' family arrived in California in 1771. What began as a quest to illustrate a family history turned into a collection of 4,600 rare photos of historical Southern California.
Ward Valley: An Extreme and Solemn Relationship
Ward Valley: An Extreme and Solemn Relationship
In the 1990s, California's Ward Valley became ground zero in the fight over nuclear waste, endangered species and sacred lands.
Episodic Opera: Composer Lisa Bielawa on Vireo
Episodic Opera: Composer Lisa Bielawa on Vireo
"Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser," is a new opera that considers the nature and uses of female hysteria through time. Composer Lisa Bielawa discusses the inspiration behind the innovative work.
Monomania L.A.: Jim Kepner and the Sanctuary of Sci-Fi
Monomania L.A.: Jim Kepner and the Sanctuary of Sci-Fi
The science fiction collection of pioneering LGBTQ rights activist Jim Kepner reveals hidden harmonies between sci-fi fandom and LGBTQ activism in the 1950s.
Monomania L.A.: Carol Wells and the Politics of Postering
Monomania L.A.: Carol Wells and the Politics of Postering
The Center for the Study of Political Graphics houses more than 85,000 posters, including the largest collection of post-World War II human rights and protest posters in the US.
Monomania L.A.: David Boulé and the California Orange
Monomania L.A.: David Boulé and the California Orange
David Boulé has assembled perhaps the largest single collection of materials related to the production and promotion of California oranges.
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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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