Media Arts Preview, October 28


LA media art this week is all about boundary crossing as projects mix materials and formats, the ephemeral and the tangible, the prosaic and the spectacular, the real and the transreal...

Thursday, October 28
LA-born artist Cameron Jamie may best be known for his study of SoCal backyard wrestling, captured in a Super 8 film called BB in 2000. His critically acclaimed body of work will be celebrated at the Hammer Museum with a screening at 7:00 p.m. of his trilogy that, in addition to BB, includes Spook House and Kranky Klaus. The show also features Jamie's newest project, Massage the History. According to the Hammer, all four films "explore the idea of the home," whether it's haunted or hallucinatory.

Saturday, October 30
Regen Projects presents an exhibition of work by the artist Dan Graham, who's known for moving across multiple media forms and disciplines. This show will feature two films, a series of photographs, and a pavilion, which uses glass, mirrors and a corporate aesthetic to explore a range of issues. The show opens tonight, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., and will remain up until Wednesday, December 8.

Sunday, October 31
The Artist's Museum show opens to the public today and features the museum's premiere of electric earth, Doug Aitken's eight-screen video installation from 1999 that not only announced the artist's interest in what he would call "broken scene narratives" in a book of the same title, but helped jumpstart an international obsession with video art. In addition to electric earth, the show features work by nearly 150 artists from MOCA's permanent collection, with the curatorial objective to highlight "regional innovators who have most profoundly influenced the international art community."

Monday, November 1
REDCAT tonight presents "Spectacles of Light," a series of films and videos by experimental filmmaker Peter Rose, who has been making smart, contemplative pieces for more than 40 years. His work often deals with language and its relationship to the moving image, as with the six-minute piece SpiritMatters, in which Rose wrote directly on the film emulsion, and then refilmed the sequences to create a very unusual experience of viewing that melds reading and looking. The show starts at 8:30 p.m., and Rose will be in attendance.

Wednesday, November 3
Becoming Transreal, at the UCLA Freud Playhouse at 4:00 p.m., is a live performance mixing Second Life avatars and 3D stereoscopic imagery to create an immersive, transreal world that looks at "transgender experience through a lens of slipstream science fiction poetry." A panel discussion follows the performance at 5:00 p.m., with Sandy Stone, Roberto Dominguez and Amy Sara Carroll.