Media Arts Preview, October 21

Thursday, October 21
Janie Geiser, an LA-based puppet, theater and film artist whose work across multiple stage and media platforms is never less than tantalizing, has recently completed several new short animations, including Kindless Villain, a rumination on war told through the journey of two boys wandering through a stone fortress. She'll present her work at USC in a show titled Secret Stories: Janie Geiser, at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 22
Stop by and check out the "Calligraffiti: Throw-Ups," a show of new work by Niels Shoe Meulman, who does live mural paintings, at Project Space Gallery. This is also a good time to catch the California Design Biennial: Action/Reaction, if you haven't already. The show features work by California designers in the areas of fashion, transportation, graphic design, project design and architecture. Go soon, though. The show closes October 31.
Saturday, October 23
My Barbarian will present The Night Epi$ode, a six-part video compilation exploring the recent financial crisis in a hybrid form mixing sci-fi, existentialism, episodic TV and absurdist dialogue. The videos by the Los Angeles-based performance collective constitute a multi-part installation, and make up the group's first solo museum exhibition.

Sunday, October 24
The 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art opens today with more than 100 artworks, including installations and performances. In the mix is Nina Waisman's "Between Bodies / Tijuana," an interactive sound installation that collects sounds of people in Tijuana with the actions of visitors as they move through the piece.

Monday, October 25
REDCAT will screen work by the New York-based artist Vincent Grenier in a show titled "Revelations of the Everyday" at 8:30 p.m. Describing his work, Grenier says that his videos "directly confront the ideas of spatiality and temporality as a continuum and unsettle the notion of a universal human experience." The show includes both older and new works, and Grenier will answer questions following the screening.

Wednesday, October 27
Video blogs are a "vast, rich, constantly updated, and largely untapped stream of collective consciousness," says Los Angeles-based artist Natalie Bookchin, who has been sifting through hundreds of amateur videos about everyday life to find patterns, repetitions and themes. She brings together videos that share a particular focus, showing how they reveal attitudes and perspectives. Her compilations artfully demonstrate these attitudes through careful editing and visual design, creating powerful glimpses of the quotidian. Bookchin, who is Co-Director of the Photography and Media Program in the Art School at CalArts, will talk about her work on her series titled "Testament" at the Venice Arts Gallery at 7:00 p.m. as part of the non-profit's ongoing discussion titled "Photography in the Digital Age."
Thursday, October 28
The In Medias Res lecture series kicks off with a lecture by BplusU, Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu's architecture and research firm based here in LA. The firm is known for transforming theories into form, in part through generative software, new technologies and building materials. The talk will take place at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture starting at 7:30.

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