Media Arts Preview: Streets Edition

Spring is definitely here, and media art is moving to the streets this week with trans-feminist political resistance, interactive outdoor 3-D projections, and films about art in the streets.

Pat OneillThursday, April 21
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents Optical Architect: An Evening With Pat O'Neill, featuring the LA-based experimental filmmaker in conversation with film scholar David James. The event includes a screening of O'Neill's acclaimed 1989 film Water and Power, which is a beautiful and visually complex exploration of the history of water in LA. O'Neill has been making experimental films since the 1960s, and was initially a graduate student of design and photography at UCLA. The screening will be accompanied by a show of O'Neill's other artwork titled Watching Abstraction in Hollywood: The Work of Pat O'Neill in the foyer of the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy featuring film excerpts, photographs and digital composites.

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Varda MurMursCinefamily's film series curated to accompany MOCA's Art in the Streets show continues this week with Agnes Varda's portrait of LA's street art titled Mur Murs and a celebration of NY graffiti in Stations of the Elevated, both tonight at 8:00 p.m. at Cinefamily. The series continues tomorrow with several short films about street art, including Matt McCormick's terrific tongue-in-cheek The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal at 8:00 p.m., and concludes on Saturday, April 23 with a party and screening of Werner Herzog's new film, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, at the Natural History Museum. The party starts at 5:30 p.m.

D FuseFriday, April 22
The innovative UK audiovisual collective known as D-Fuse joins LA-based media artist Scott Pagano for an evening of live VJ performance featuring giant 3-D stereoscopic interactive projections and a conversation about visual media. Rhythms and Visions - Expanded and Live starts at 7:30 at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC.

In conjunction with the Hammer Museum's exhibition All of This and Nothing, LA-based media artist Kerry Tribe will stage a live performance that reenacts Hollis Frampton's 1971 experimental film Critical Mass at LAXART. The event starts at 7:30 p.m.

The Echo Park Film Center presents a night of queer feminist media in a show titled Trans-Feminist Media Night: Featuring Makeshift Reclamation and Immediate Justice. Described as "a multimedia event showcasing how contemporary feminists are resisting and creating alternatives to not only gender-based oppression but also a collapsing economic system, climate crisis and more," the event includes readings, performances and videos, and it starts at 8:00 p.m.

Monday, April 25
Contemporary art education is the topic of conversation at LACMA tonight as the Bruce High Quality Foundation attempts to "rally art students" and engage them "in dialogues about how art education is defined, how to teach it, and how to build meaningful artistic and educational experiences." The free event, Teach 4 America: The Bruce High Quality Foundation, starts at 7:30 in LACMA's Brown Auditorium.

SeidelTuesday, April 26
Young Projects Gallery is currently home to two amazing shows of video art. Black Mirror: Video Sculptures and Moving Paintings in Gallery B210 presents the work of German media artist Robert Seidel, known for his exquisite painterly digital videos, and SymmetryGates: 3D Rendering, Stereoscopic Works and Digital Collage in Gallery B230 features multi-screen immersive work by ten artists, including LA-based Thomas Williams and Scott Pagano. The gallery is open Tues-Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the shows are both up until May 12.

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Holly Willis teaches in USC's School of Cinematic Arts and writes about new media art.
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