Rachel Yezbick investigates digital surveillance, contemporary morals, and the ties between private property and structural racism in this 47-minute experimental documentary, Epicurus’ Conundrum. The film’s main subject, Dale Brown, is owner and commander of Detroit Threat Management Center, a private security firm that patrols the neighborhood where Yezbick’s parents live. Threat Management Center adopts intimidating paramilitary aesthetics and employs de-escalation tactics and defensive martial arts to deter crime. The video is organized around a dialogue between Yezbick and Brown recorded in Brown’s tactical Hummer during a neighborhood surveillance ride-along. Echoing the form of a Socratic dialogue, the conversation veers from family to regional histories, moral beliefs and the root of evil. Interspersed are shots of found footage, Brown’s own footage of patrolling, officer training, and victim testimonials, and 3D rendered images produced using photogrammetry - a military, forensic, and video game photo mapping technology.
Using the framing of organized spiritual practice, Church of Art is a performance that falls somewhere between a self-help seminar and institutional critique.
Abigail Raphael Collins is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, installation and photography. Her work borrows from documentary, journalistic, and conceptual practices to reconsider relationships between media and systemic violence through a queer feminist lens. She received her MFA from UCLA in 2015 and her BFA from Cooper Union in 2009. Recent exhibitions have been at the Pasadena Armory, Marathon Screenings, Angels Gate Cultural Center, PØST, Torrance Art Museum, USC Station Gallery, and UCLA. She is the recipient of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, UCIRA grant, residency at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, and is an upcoming resident at Shandanken.
The performance “in one year you could still be here“ is a 3 dimensional collage confronting different rhythms. Collapsing virtual objects on the screen form the backdrop for a still body, wearing an artificial, motor driven tongue apparently speaking a text that is measuring emotions in terms of time.
Messing With the Medium: Radical Materiality in Feminist Media
Using clips from the broad history of experimental film and video, Jennifer West and Holly Willis discuss a series of projects by women that focus on materiality, from abstract films made without cameras to appropriation, collage and glitch feminism.
Kelani Nichole founder of TRANSFER an experimental media art gallery, moderates a panel conversation with Phazero (Christina Curlee) and Cassie McQuater, two LA-based artists responding to gaming culture in their studio practice. The artists will share their backgrounds and interest in gaming, and discuss how they are using game mechanics in subversive and unexpected ways in their artworks.
Building Supportive Communities: In Conversation with Kamal Sinclair (Sundance New Frontiers, Future Architects), Anita Sarkeesian (Feminist Frequency, History vs. Women), Paisley Smith (Homestay, Women in VR/AR) and Natalie Sun (Next Art, Thud). Panelists discuss their experiences–both positive and negative–of being women (and WOC) in the realms of art, technology, and entertainment as well as their inspirations and hopes for a more inclusive future.
Presented for FEMMEBIT Festival, Nightlife is a pop-up exhibit featuring works by Lena Daly. On view in the storefront adjacent to Civic Center Studios at 213 S Broadway, the installation encompasses video projection mapped onto sculptural objects integrating lighting and sound. The sculptures are uv‐reactive and phosphorescent, which interact with the video projection and respond to uv‐lighting by glowing— appearing fluorescent in low light. Elements are elevated further with sound via Hypersonic speakers which use ultrasound and are audible only when in close proximity to the sculptural scene. A hydrophone field recording of coral and sea life engages viewer intimacy, with each environment placed selectively to illuminate a cavernous space. Curated by Sharsten Plenge / WOAH.
Coordinates is a new, ongoing, collaborative public AR art exhibition that exists on 4th Wall and invites the viewer to be physically present at specific locations. This project was created out of the desire to use technology as a subversive form of resistance, aims to inspire thoughtful dialogue and expand our understanding of public art. For more info about participating artists and sites, visit 4thwallapp.org