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Media Arts Preview, November 18, 2010

This week in Southern California Media Arts is illuminated by the highly anticipated screening of Thom Andersen's new film, Get Out of the Car, and its desire to look at Los Angeles in close-up.

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Thursday, November 18
Brody Condon returns to Los Angeles to screen LevelFive at the Hammer Museum at 7:00 p.m. The project documents a two-day participatory performance earlier in the year that explored self-actualization seminars from the 1970s. The original event is described this way: "LevelFive is a live game based on the Nordic style of progressive live role-play that explicitly works with 'bleed.' In role-playing games, bleed happens when the thoughts and feelings of the character starts affecting its player, or vice-versa. Rather than forgetting the existence of an original self, the character becomes a tool for projection, self-exploration and experimentation." Condon will screen highlights, and discuss the event with Machine Project founder Mark Allen.

Doug Aitken will talk tonight about his work, focusing on electric earth, which is part of The Artist's Museum show currently on view at MOCA Grand Avenue. The talk is at 6:30 in the MOCA Grand Avenue's Ahmanson Auditorium.

Also opening tonight 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. is a show of art and video at Annie Wharton Los Angeles in the Pacific Design Center. Titled "The Way the Morning Broke Was Quite Unusual," the show includes work by Inglbjörg Birgisdottir, Mary Anna Pomonis and Lina Theodorou, among others.

Friday, November 19
26 artists and 26 projectors: USC's Roski School of Fine Arts presents the fourth iteration of Bring Your Own Beamer, a show of projected art, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

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Saturday, November 20
LA artist Daniel Wheeler will discuss his work at the Pasadena Museum of California Art today at 4:00 p.m., with a visual presentation. Wheeler's installation titled Bloom is currently on display in the museum's project room.
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Monday, November 22
Thom Andersen will show his latest film, the 34-minute Get Out of the Car, a kind of "city symphony" that follows his celebrated portrait of LA in Los Angeles Plays Itself, tonight at REDCAT at 8:30. The LA-based writer and filmmaker who teaches at CalArts has written a lovely reflection on the film, which concludes with this: "Los Angeles is certainly tough and certainly ugly when seen in medium shot or long shot. But Roman Polanski once suggested it has another kind of beauty: 'Los Angeles is the most beautiful city in the world--provided it's seen by night and from a distance.' Get Out of the Car proposes a third view: that Los Angeles is most beautiful when seen in a close-up and that its sexiness is not to be found where most tourists look." Tonight's show also includes The Bridegroom, the Actress, and the Pimp, a short film by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, and RW Fassbinder's 1967 film, The Little Chaos.

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