Media Arts Preview: Radical, Magical and Experimental Films | KCET
Media Arts Preview: Radical, Magical and Experimental Films
This week's media art scene includes one of the most radical films in the history of cinema, experiments with magic and moving images, and a 24-hour tribute to an L.A. icon.
Thursday, February 23
Portland-based filmmaker Vanessa Renwick (of the Oregon Department of Kick Ass!) brings new work to the Museum of Jurassic Technology in a show curated by Mark Toscano and presented by Filmforum. It will feature the area premiere of Renwick's new piece, Charismatic Megafauna, as well as other work "chosen to complement the Museum's environs, in an exploration of things hauntingly large, fascinatingly small, and beautifully arcane." Renwick is known for her brilliant, experimental documentaries and passion for animals. The show includes five pieces all together, plus the museum will serve tea and cookies, and weather permitting, the screening will take place on the roof. Tickets are limited.
Friday, February 24
LACMA is home to a two-day design symposium titled New Narratives for "Living in a Modern Way": California Design at Mid-century, which starts today at 10:00 a.m., and continues through tomorrow. The keynote panel discussion, Blurring the Boundaries: California Design and Contemporary Art, takes place at 7:00 p.m. and features Jim Isermann, Jorgo Pardo, Pae White and Frances Anderton. The symposium coincides with the California Design exhibition, on through June 3, 2012.
Saturday, February 25
The Museum of Latin American Art presents an exhibition titled 2iPM009 featuring work, including a video installation, by artist Magdalena Fernández on view through May 27, 2012. "In some of her videos," note the curators, "the sharpness and definition of the geometric shapes is dissolved by the inner movement of those same lines, which transforms them into delicate, living, organic threads." On Sunday, join MOLAA curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and panelists Magdalena Fernández, Marco Maggi, Selene Preciado, Barbara Bloemink and Jorge Virgili for a discussion titled On Abstraction, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Rose Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica presents Selected Work 1975-1985, a show of photographs by LA-based artist Robbert Flick, with an opening tonight, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
UCLA's Film & Television Archive continues its showcase, Kino-Eye: The Revolutionary Cinema of Dziga Vertov, and will screen the famous city symphony Man With a Movie Camera tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Billy Wilder Theater. A dazzling portrait of life in Moscow in the mid-1920s, the avant-garde film features vibrant compositions and incredible editing, and is considered among "the most radical, and imitated, films in cinema history." This screening presents the West Coast premiere of the EYE Film Institute Netherland's new restoration of the film.
For the Record: An earlier version of this post stated that the On Abstraction event takes place on Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. In fact, it takes place on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Huell investigates a onetime tradition, the Yosemite Firefall, and experiences the natural version of the "Firefall" at Horsetail Fall. Huell calls it "one of the most magnificent sights you'll ever see in your life."
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