Media Arts Preview: Predictions, Politics & the Poetics of Cinema | KCET
Media Arts Preview: Predictions, Politics & the Poetics of Cinema
This week's media art scene in LA is all about analysis and discussion, with talk of the future and the past, of local cultural icons and global connections, and of filmmaking itself.
LA-based artists and filmmakers Sharon Lockhart and Charlie White are provocatively paired in a screening at USC tonight that includes Lockhart's Podworka and White's American Minor. Both films are contemplative studies that use framing and duration as modes for reflection. Podworka shows us children playing in a series of courtyards in the Polish city of Lodz, while White's film studies a 14-year-old girl as she lounges lazily around in her pristine suburban home. The screening is titled Suburban/Structure: Films by Sharon Lockhart and Charlie White and starts at 7:00 p.m. in the School of Cinematic Arts, room 108.
Art Center's Media Design Program presents Get Real, a panel discussion on "the factors of futuring," focusing on its promises and predictions, the made up made real, gleam versus the glum and future fatigue. Moderated by Tim Durfee, the panel includes Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG, Ian Sands, founder and manager of Intentional Futures, and Jason Tester of the Institute for the Future. Lectures and discussion 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., and a closing reception for the Made Up exhibition starts at 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 12
The Echo Park Film Center is launching a new screening series and cine club dedicated to world cinema and its emerging trends. Titled Film Journeys, the club will screen Millennium Mambo by director Hou Hsiao-Hsien at 8:00 p.m., with a discussion to follow.
Filmforum presents Images of Nature, or The Nature of the Image: Canadian Artists at Work, featuring a collection of shorts that deal with the natural world. The program, which includes Light Magic, made with photograms in which light passes through objects leaving traces on the film emulsion, was curated by Irina Leimbacher and starts at 7:30 at the Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian.
Join Machine Project for an edition of its increasingly notorious soldering workshop, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., and learn the basic functionality of circuits. The Musical Soldering Workshop will show participants how to make a primitive synthesizer while musician Scott Cazan plays music to solder by, and the group collectively figures out how to make electrons move elegantly while gradually building to a climactic free form musical performance.
Thousands of Haitian refugee families continue to be stranded in Tijuana, a city far from where they hoped would be their final destination. Since their arrival, photojournalist Omar Martínez has been documenting their Mexican lives.
Hsi Lai Temple is the largest Buddhist monastery in Southern California. Opened in 1988, it is also home to one of the best vegetarian buffets in L.A. County. But of course, they don’t advertise that. Still, all visitors, regardless of faith, are welcome.
Roughly 90 years later, the legacy of San Luis Obispo's Motel Inn still stands, along with part of the original building.