A conversation with designer and artist Rebeca Méndez and Christina De León, Associate Curator of Latino Design at Cooper Hewitt will focus on the process of organizing the installation Rebeca Méndez Selects, an exploration on humanity’s complex relationship with the natural world and our ties with other species. The exhibition is framed by the Spanish accounts of Moctezuma’s extensive private aviary housed in Tenochtitlan, which contained thousands of birds from across the Americas. Included in the exhibition is a selection of bird specimens from the National Museum of Natural History alongside objects from Cooper Hewitt’s collection spanning multiple centuries.

    Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
    Thursday, January 31, 2019. 6:00 to 8:00pm


    Peter Lunenfeld moderating a panel at Photo LA: "Etching a Tabula Rasa: Photographers Rodrigo Valenzuela, Michelle Groskopf, and Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin," Saturday, February 2nd at 11:30 AM.

  • ERKKI HUHTAMO Lectures at Waseda University, Tokyo

    Professor Erkki Huhtamo will conclude his lecture tour of Japan, which began in mid-December by a public lecture at the Waseda University, Tokyo. The lecture is titled "Media, Transportations, and the Challenges of Posthuman Culture." It will be hosted by the Media, Body and Image Studies faculty. The talk will take place at Waseda's Toyama Campus close to Takadanobaba on Monday January 7, 2019, between 4.30pm and 6pm, at room 36-581.

    For more information, see link:

  • JOHANNA HEDVA performs Black Moon Lilith

    April 11 & 13, Performance Space New York—
    Black Moon Lilith will be part of I Wanna Be With You Everywhere, a collaboration between arika, performance space new york, and the whitney museum of american art.

  • JOHANNA HEDVA inn conversation with Asher Hartman at Skylight Books

    Jan 26, Skylight Books— Johanna Hedva will be in conversation with Asher Hartman about her novel On Hell.

  • JOHANNA HEDVA performs Black Moon Lilith in Pisces in the 4th House

    8:30pm, saturday, january 12, 2019
    5810 1/2 north figueroa st, los angeles, ca 90042

    a keening. animal droning. hag blues. moon hymns. a dirge.
    O Death.
    for my mother, who was a pisces (March 2, 1955 – April 30, 2018).

    please bring earplugs. this is a wake, so there will be whiskey. it's 45 minutes long. no late entry please.

    this piece is the first time i've performed live solo music in 12 years, and my first time playing in my hometown since 2004. it would mean a lot to see you there.

    accessibility: PAM is not wheelchair accessible. there is a flight of stairs. there is one all-gender restroom. if you require anything for disability access reasons (including specific reserved seating), please contact me and we will make every effort to support you.

    $5-$10 suggested donation. no one is turned away from lack of funds.

    photograph by Pamila Payne

  • CURTIS TAMM | Mori Art Museum

    Working with support from the Art and Technology Lab at LACMA, media-artist Curtis Tamm is preparing for his debut solo exhibition at Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan. Throughout 2017/2018 Curtis spent several months in Japan developing a soundscape which functions as a "declaration of dependency upon the non-human". The exhibit's center piece is a 9-channel circular sound work which makes use of frequencies usually inaudible to human beings. The composition includes hundreds of field-recordings taken throughout Japan; from the chanting of blind shamans in Aomori, to several centuries old temple bells in Kyoto (known as bonsho), to pachinko parlors in Tokyo, sumo wrestlers and insects, original works for choir and Japanese folk instruments such as the Sho and Koto.

  • GELARE KHOSHGOZARAN with four featured artists: Part and Parcel

    The SFAC Galleries is pleased to present Part and Parcel, an exhibition curated by Taraneh Hemami that would take a look at geographies of belonging. The four featured artists, Tannaz Farsi, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Sahar Khoury, and Minoosh Zomorodinia examine crossings and becomings, systems and processes, nature and language, time and histories, and remnants of the everyday, in their multidisciplinary projects.

    January 25 - March 30, 2019
    Opening reception: Friday, January 25, 6:00-8:00 PM

    San Francisco Arts Commission
    401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 325
    San Francisco, CA 94102

  • GELARE KHOSHGOZARAN - Take My Money/Take My Body

    In Take My Money / Take My Body, K-Pop is an entry point for a question about the promises of popular media within highly bureaucratic, surveilled, and macro-scaled communities such as corporations / nations. Whether a data-mining social platform, exploitative culture industry, or resurgent populist movement, these larger systems structure the very conditions in which we find our (best) selves, albeit at contentious costs and rapidly-inflating prices. Popular media is the emergent interface for such a transaction. What, then, can we make of the joyful feeling of being a willing subject, or one of many in a captive audience?

    January 3 - February 24
    Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
    6522 Hollywood Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90028

  • ERKKI HUHTAMO featured in UCLA Magazine

    UCLA Magazine is out - it features an article about the work of Erkki Huhtamo.

  • ERKKI HUHTAMO's Lecture Tour of Japan 2018

    In December 2009 Professor Erkki Huhtamo did a lecture tour of several Japanese universities. Nearly ten years have passed, so it is time to repeat the experience. Much has happened in-between, including the publication of Huhtamo's Japanese language-only monograph, Media Kokogaku - Kako Genzai Mirai no Taiwa no Tameni ("Media Archaeology: Dialogues Between the Past, Present, and Future," trans. Yoshitaka Ota, Tokyo: NTT Publishing, 2015).

    Erkki Huhtamo's December 2018 lecture tour of Japan will include the following venues:
    Institute of Advanced Media Art and Science (IAMAS), Ogaki, Gifu (Dec. 14), Kokoro Research Center, University of Kyoto (Dec. 15), Kagoshima University (Dec. 18), Tsukuba University (Dec. 21). Lecture at Waseda University, Tokyo, will follow in early January 2019.

    Erkki Huhtamo will discuss the relationship of media archaeology and posthuman studies, with particular reference to the relationship between media culture and transportation technology.

  • NOVA JIANG part of Defining Line featured in the LA Times

    Defining Line is an AR exhibition exploring how lines connect, divide and define communities. Co-curated by Nancy Baker-Cahill (Founder of 4th Wall) and Debra Scacco, the exhibition places powerful, site-relevant works in AR along the Los Angeles River, encouraging visitors to explore, reconsider and interact with the river, and to recognize the key role this vital line plays in shaping the history and experience of moving through Los Angeles. Artists include: Tongva Elders Julia Bogany and her great-granddaughter Marissa Aranda, Carolina Caycedo, Andrea Chung, Beatriz Cortez, Nova Jiang, Gala Porras-Kim, Star Montana and Debra Scacco.

  • JOHN CARPENTER collaborated with Yves Peitzner Lab and Justin Shrake for new media installation

    A work that John Carpenter collaborated on in munich with Yves Peitzner Lab and Justin Shrake just got published in this collection of new media installations... lots of great projects in it and probably interesting for DMA students/faculty
    New Media Installation by Sandu Publishing
    photo is courtesy of YPL + wolfgang stahl

  • DAVID ERTEL at Queercore, Cyberpunk, and Networked Communities

    A one-night event focusing on the past, present, and future of queer communities online, featuring artist and technologist Tom Jennings, creator of the FidoNet and prominent figure of the Queercore movement, Avery Dame-Griff, a lead curator of the Queer Digital History Project, and the artist Jasmine Nyende.

    Thursday, Dec 6 at 7:30PM
    Free with RSVP

    1611 S Hope Street, LA, CA

  • VICTORIA VESNA opens with Hox Zodiac the Applied Microperformativity:Live Arts for a Radical Socio-Economic Turn conference and exhibitions

    Victoria Vesna opens with Hox Zodiac the Applied Microperformativity: Live Arts for a Radical Socio-Economic Turn conference and exhibitions

    Angewandte Innovation Lab (AIL)
    Franz-Josefs-Kai 3, 1010 Vienna / tel: +43-1711-332-007

    December 12th, 7-10pm.

  • NOVA JIANG in Archaeology of the Present

    Archaeology of the Present presents selected findings by artists Rebecca Bruno, Nova Jiang and Debra Scacco created during AIR, a six-month residency at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). AIR provided access to a state-of-the-art prototyping facility and leading minds working in climate-related issues. Through varying approaches, each artist engaged with a deep study of humans in relation to their surrounding environments, highlighting agricultural regeneration, urban erasure, and city infrastructure. November 29 - December 15, 2018 Wednesday through Sunday, 12 - 5 Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) 411 S Hewitt Street, Arts District


    Bloomberg ART + TECHNOLOGY
    Technology is changing the way we make, experience and share our ideas. But how do artists use it to shape their craft and the way their audiences experience it? ART + TECHNOLOGY explores how creatives are bringing the disparate fields of ART + TECHNOLOGY together to reveal surprising works that belong to a whole new genre.
    Yiyun Kang Episode 23: “Why use mixed reality in art? ”

    Yiyun Kang uses spatial projection mapping installations to explore boundaries. Internationally recognized for her projection mapping installations, and exhibited in a number of museums and galleries in Europe, Asia and the United States, Yiyun’s art explores the borders between the real and the virtual.

  • JUSTIN LUI'S LED piece 'Poly-Mer' on view at the DTLA Mini Maker Faire

    Justin Lui’s LED piece 'Poly-Mer' will be on view at the DTLA Mini Maker Faire on Sat. Dec 1, for one day only at the Los Angeles Central Public Library. There will also be a talk at 12:30pm on the making of the piece.

    DTLA Mini Maker Faire 2018
    Saturday Dec 1

    Los Angeles Central Library
    630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

    event: 10:00am - 4:00pm
    ‘Poly-Mer’ talk: 12:30pm

  • REBECA MENDEZ's video art installation Ascent of Weavers in BAJO LA BÓVEDA AZUL COBALTO, a group exhibition at MACO,

    Rebeca Méndez’s video art installation Ascent of Weavers in BAJO LA BÓVEDA AZUL COBALTO, a group exhibition at MACO, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca. Curated by Marietta Bernstorff.
    Opening reception: November 30, 2018. Open to the public.

    Ascent of Weavers / Ascenso de Tejedoras, 2018.

    By Rebeca Méndez with the Hernández-Quero, a family of weavers from Mitla.
    Three channel video installation
    Duration: 30:17 minutes

    For a world facing social and environmental crises, Ascent of Weavers is a call for awakening and action for collective healing of the earth. Entities of white, red, blue, and black embody cycles of the sun, the heavens, and the underworld and directions of human life in pre-Hispanic Zapotec civilization. The entities undertake a journey into Mictlan (Lyobaa in Zapotec)—the underworld of the Mixtec mythology—aided by Xolotl (a canine god), who leads them through the underworld’s nine levels. Here they are challenged by piercing winds and crushing mountains, finally crossing rivers of blood to emerge as goddesses of weaving (Tlazolteotl, or Nohuichana in Zapotec)—warriors leading us to a more just, equitable, and sustainable relationship with our planet.

  • BRENDA G WILLIAMS Exhibition, Pretty Big Things, Exhibit explores optimism, beauty amid political climate

    Brenda Williams canceled her art exhibition emphasizing optimism when she realized Donald Trump was on his way to winning the 2016 election.

    Williams, the assistant to the chair of UCLA’s design media arts department, said the show’s cancellation allowed the Walter Maciel Gallery to instead show pieces more pertinent to the election, like portraits of immigrants. But two years later, Williams’ vision of an optimism-driven exhibition materialized into “Pretty Big Things,” which features artwork created by six different California-based artists and runs through Dec. 22 at the Walter Maciel Gallery. Williams said although many of the featured pieces radiate positivity and beauty, others have more political undertones and are intended to remind viewers of the social justice issues at play amid the current political climate.

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