Media Arts Preview: A History of Independent Cinema in the 90s and More

This is a good week for learning about a media art, from a lecture on editing to a peek back at the history of independent cinema of the 90s...

PsychoThursday, February 17
The art of editing is the topic of a discussion tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theater. Led by Thomas Ethan Harris, the talk will highlight the impact of unusual editing (the frenzy of the shower scene in Psycho, for example), and explain mysterious terms such as "dialectical montage" and "suturing."

PoisonFriday, February 18
Cinefamily continues to showcase independent films from the '90s with a double feature that includes Todd Haynes' Poison at 7:30 p.m. and Lodge Kerrigan's low budget favorite Clean, Shaven at 9:30 p.m. Both films are iconic indie features that announced a new generation of American filmmakers, with a desire to reimagine cinematic storytelling.

Saturday, February 19
Brooklyn-based media artist William Lamson's two-channel video project A Line Describing the Sun features Lamson himself as he "follows the path of the sun with William Lamsona Fresnel lens mounted on a rolling apparatus." There's more to the project than this, of course, and indeed, Lamson's work often centers on events, and the transformation of the mundane into the extraordinary. The project is presented by Honor Fraser, in conjunction with Pierogi Gallery and curated by Paul Young; the show opens with a reception tonight, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Cardwell Jimmerson Contermporary Art
presents an exhibition of work by Fred Lonidier titled "Photo/Text/Video: Artworks 1969 - Present," with a reception tonight from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Lonider is interested in social issues, and his work spans anti-Viet Nam war protests to more recent critiques of contemporary trade policies.

Sunday, February 20
Fred WordenFred Worden returns to LA with two shows - one takes place tonight via Filmforum, and the other happens tomorrow night at REDCAT. Worden describes his work as a "cinema of pure energy that bypasses the discursive mind and goes right at the body, in through the eyes, pulsing, to jigger directly the brain's electro-chemical neural flows, seedbed of every single thought or feeling." Tonight's show, titled "Illusions and Altercations," starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Echo Park Film Center.

Monday, February 21
Fred Worden continues to show his work tonight with "Body and Mind: The Primordial Cinema of Fred Worden" at REDCAT at 8:30 p.m.

Kerry TribeWednesday, February 23
All of This and Nothing is the Hammer Museum's biennial exhibition, and features an array of work, much of it by LA-based artists, including filmmaker and video artist Kerry Tribe, who will be featured in a 15-minute Lunchtime Talk presented by curatorial associate Corrina Peiopon at the museum at 12:30 p.m.

Polytopes, The Architecture of Soundscapes: A MediaSCAPES Symposium at SciArc brings together electronic and visual music to augment a discussion with composers and performers. "This symposium links the relations of sound experience, sound inherent structures and mathematics to architecture and space." Participants include Juan Azulay, Jean Michel Crettaz, Craig Hodgetts, Lucy Pullen, Lance Putnam, Curtis Roads, Steve Roden, David Rosenboom and Carolina Trigo.

About the Author

Holly Willis teaches in USC's School of Cinematic Arts and writes about new media art. She is the author of "New Digital Cinema: Reinventing the Moving Image" and editor of "The New Ecology of Things" on pervasive computing.
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