Can online avatars define us? Jenna Caravello makes mind-bending video games, interactive installations and animated short films that use symbolism and metaphor to ask profound questions about memory, loss and meaning. She speaks with Avishay Artsy, host of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture podcast "Works In Progress," about the art of online storytelling, Tomb Raider, and Pepe the Frog. Visit the link below. Caravello also participated in the UCLA Arts series "10 Questions," responding to the question "What Is Loss?" You can watch the video on the link below.

  • LAUREN LEE McCARTHY exhibiting new work I heard TALKING IS DANGEROUS at Gallatin Galleries, NYC

    Lauren Lee McCarthy exhibiting new work I heard TALKING IS DANGEROUS at Gallatin Galleries, NYC

    Far Away, So Close is an exploration of attempts to create intimate spaces in real life and virtually. The contemporary era has been characterized by efforts at forging real connections between distant actors in spite of distance. But physical proximity may not be required for human connections that challenge alienation and detachment.

    Far Away, So Close
    December 2, 2020 – January 20, 2021

  • LAUREN LEE McCARTHY exhibiting new work

    Lauren Lee McCarthy will exhibit Later Date, a work begun in the first month of quarantine, in two exhibitions in Shanghai, China and Amsterdam, NL and online.

    We=Link: Sideways
    Chronus Art Center is pleased to announce the presentation of a group exhibition titled We=Link: Sideways, featuring twenty-two works by twenty-eight artists and artist collectives, from the pioneers of net art to millennials. The works on display and online span three decades of net art practice, from arguably the first internet-era artwork of The Thing BBS in 1991 to the most current production continuing to evolve as the exhibition opens.
    Chronus Art Center (CAC)
    November 21, 2020 – May 23, 2021

    IDFA DocLab
    This year, IDFA DocLab and IDFA on Stage present do {not} touch, a special program that explores how artists across disciplines disrupt physical boundaries and challenge digital technology to seek out new forms of documentary art and human connection.
    November 20–29, 2020

  • PETER LUNENFELD talks about his new book City at the Edge of Forever

    Peter Lunenfeld was a guest at Susan McTavish Best’s POSTHOC salon, was interviewed for the California Sun podcast by Jeff Schenckman, and had a great discussion with the New Yorker’s Lawrence Weschler, all in support of his new book, City at the Edge of Forever.

  • How to Spend the Afterlife: A Dialogue with Carolyn Campbell and Michael Webb

    Thursday 11/19 - 12:30-2:00 PM

    Authors Carolyn Campbell and Michael Webb discuss the inclusivity of cemeteries in which the tastes of the living are perpetuated for all time. The inevitably of death and environmental concerns contribute to a fascinating spectrum of burial grounds across the world that are pastoral, moving or surreal. Beginning with world-famous Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, based on Campbell’s bestselling book, City of Immortals, she and Webb illustrate their conversation with their personal photography collections. Within this important dialogue we will be invited to think critically about how we can simultaneously care for the deceased, the living, and our planet.
    Zoom Webinar: see link below


  • REBECA MENDEZ work, CircumSolar, Migration 1, at Anchorage Museum

    CircumSolar, Migration 1

    (Single-channel video installation. 26:20 minutes)

    Projected onto the Museum façade, this video by Rebeca Méndez, artist, designer and a professor in the department of Design Media Arts at UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture, follows the migration of the arctic tern, a small sea bird that has the longest migration of all living beings on earth, flying from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back again each year.

  • PETER LUNENFELD on the California Sun Podcast

    Jeff Schechtman talks to Peter Lunenfeld about his appreciation of Los Angeles as one of the world’s supercities. Even amid Covid, politics, and competition for the future from Silicon Valley, he sees a city thriving with reinvention. The metropolis he depicts in his book "City at the Edge of Forever" is certainly not your father's Los Angeles.

  • CASEY REAS and Jan St. Werner win 2020 Lumen Prize Moving Image Award for

    Los Angeles based software artist Casey Reas along with music artist Jan St. Werner received the 2020 Lumen Prize Moving Image Award at the Lumen’s Virtual Awards Ceremony on Wednesday for his audiovisual work “Compressed

    Compressed Cinema is a series of 5 audiovisual works created by deriving images from a set of film stills. Reas derived the images and Werner created the accompanying audio tracks.
    The collection of five videos are the result of over 3 years of experimentation and developing new techniques for creating cinematic media with generative adversarial networks (GANs).

    Nathan Ladd, Assistant Curator at the Tate in London and part of Lumen’s 2020 Jury Panel
    comments: “Reas works with GANs to move them away from their intended goal, instead
    exploring their ability to produce uncanny, ephemeral, transitory images. The effect is a visually
    and sonically engaging video work that presents unique images that draw you in with their
    indication towards things that are familiar whilst at the same time disorientating you. The way
    the artist has sequenced the images with sound adds to this effect.”

    The Compressed Cinema series was created in the tradition of experimental films that use existing films as raw materials. Each video distills a feature-length film into a work of less than ten minutes. The stills are an inversion of Ken Jacob’s 1969 Film, Tom, The Piper’s Son, an experimental work that expanded the short 1905 film of the same name from 8 to 115 minutes through meticulous rephotography, repetition, and editing.

    The digital videos each offer a different atmosphere derived from the unique forms and textures within each Compressed Cinema model, and therefore indirectly from each film
    Some of the images within each trained Compressed Cinema model are representational and vary little from the source material, some are completely abstract and noisy, and others are hybrids.

    Projected at wall scale, the conceptual images and audio are experienced in an abrupt manner as intended by the artist.
    Each Compressed Cinema film is a collaboration between Casey Reas and Jan St. Werner. The technical work of wrangling and writing custom machine learning software was led by Hye Min
    View the works here

  • RAMESH SRINIVASAN speaks on Democracy Now!

    Ramesh Srinivasan appearance on Democracy Now! Available online. It was a great conversation. He discussed the intimate and alarming relationship between tech platforms and the forthcoming election as well as the administration's posturing toward big tech as Tuesday nears. Below is the link to the segment.

  • DON EDLER work "2020 Tablet" at Hunter Shaw Fine Art

    Opening Saturday October 31, all day 11am-6pm.
    Exhibition is on view through Dec 20th at Hunter Shaw Fine Art, Los Angeles.

    The group show featuring work responding to 2020.Hunter Shaw Fine Art presents XX:XX, a group exhibition reflecting on the themes that have shaped 2020. This year has been characterized by contradiction, presenting states of extreme polarity: connection and alienation, acceleration and stagnation, hope and hopelessness. A pervasive cognitive dissonance has emerged as we attempt to make sense of our place at the threshold between the historic and the unprecedented. Society is confronted by the emanant consequences of compounded traumas which have been mostly ignored or repressed for decades: colonialism, capitalism, climate change, white supremacy. It is hard to ignore the intersectional nature of these problems any longer. The pandemic spawned from the confluence of these forces and has brought into sharp focus the dire fact of our interconnectedness at every level: socially, economically, biologically, existentially. The pensive months of lockdown injected new urgency into the studio practice of many artists. The pain and uncertainty of the pandemic and social uprising have generated artworks which reflect the conditions of a rapidly changing world. Many of the works on view in XX:XX were created in quarantine and have not yet been seen outside of the studio. Although the subject matters respond to specific events of this year, the underlying themes have been present in the past works of the participating artists including interrelated topics such as property law, housing, healthcare, police violence, ecological collapse and systemic racism. Together these works articulate the zeitgeist of 2020: widespread dissatisfaction with the status quo. Throughout XX:XX this dissatisfaction is transmuted into an attitude of defiance and resistance through a diverse range of strategies including painting, textile design, witchcraft, research, graffiti, sculpture, social media, and animation. Across the exhibition, stress is manifest in both content and form with materials pushed to their limits. Yet this strain refuses a collapse into apathy, pointing instead towards breakthrough. This exhibition recognizes that the issues at hand won’t be solved by any single election, but rather through a sustained and multifarious effort to dismantle and transform the systems and institutions that reinforce a toxic and hierarchical worldview. In the words of Octavia Butler, “Tolerance, like any aspect of peace, is forever a work in progress, never completed and, if we’re as intelligent as we like to think we are, never abandoned.” *
    Hunter Shaw Fine Art
    5513 W Pico Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90019

  • JULIETA GIL winner of the Lumen Prize Gold Award

    The Lumen Price is the global prize for art & technology.

    The Lumen Prize for Art and Technology is open to artists from around the world. All artists selected for the longlist, shortlist as well as the award winners are eligible for opportunities with Lumen Art Projects, our parent company.

    See Julieta’s award winning work here.

  • IMAN PERSON recently received The ACT Award from STRP

    Iman Person was recently awarded the ACT Award and will be participating in the 2021 STRP Festival next April.

    April 8th-11th,2020
    STRP Festival 2021, Eindhoven, Netherlands

    The ACT Award, STRP supports artists and makers not only with the budget to realize a project plan, but also with guidance in the development, production, presentation, and distribution of the work. The jury picked the two ACT winners, Iman Person and Liam Young, out of 123 submissions from 24 different countries. Both artists will receive the prize money of 25,000 euros that will enable them to realize their submitted project proposals. The two new works will première, online and onsite, during STRP Festival 2021 from 8-11 April in Eindhoven.

    Iman Person will realize the artwork NewAir, an installation that considers interspecies and interspatial communication through the medium of wind data, sculpture, video, and sonic exploration. With her work, Iman engages with the soft boundaries/boundarylessness that exist within nature, the mind, and organisms of memory.



    Kristin McWharter would like to invite you to the upcoming exhibition RARA hosted by Langer Over Dickie Gallery in Chicago. Featuring a series of digital web performances throughout the month of November. RARA is available to view and participate remotely each Saturday at 5pm central.

    October 31, 2020 - November 29th, 2020

    Exhibition Opening: October 31st, 5pm central
    Public performances on Saturdays in November, 5pm - 5:15pm central
    Enter the Exhibition here

  • MINDY SEU facilitated The New Museum Cyberfeminism Index

    The New Museum just premiered the Cyberfeminism Index, an in-progress online collection of resources for techno-critical works from 1990–2020, gathered and facilitated by Mindy Seu, DMA BA 2013.

  • REBECA MENDEZ uses her ‘superpower’ of design to encourage women to vote

    Rebeca Méndez is an artist, designer, professor of design media arts and director of the CounterForce lab at UCLA. She’s also an activist who frequently advocates for a sustainable future, and in this presidential election year she’s had her sights set on the November election. As part of the League of Women Voters’ and the American Institute of Graphic Arts’ effort to empower the women’s vote, Méndez created an art poster called, “There is More Space For Change And Growth.”

    UCLA Newsroom spoke with Méndez about this work, the superpower of design and how we might begin to move forward from the divisiveness of the past few years.

  • FLAT Journal Workshop for Vancouver Art Book Month "Art Books for the Browser"

    Wednesday, October 21st, 1PM PST

    FLAT Journal Workshop for Vancouver Art Book Month
    "Art Books for the Browser"

    How is the art book as an object, and publishing as a medium, evolving in the context of the web? FLAT Journal will be hosting a presentation and workshop about rethinking the art book through online, interactive, and experimental means. Come learn how to code a basic website using Bindery.JS that becomes an interactive, printable book, no coding experience necessary!


  • What’s Wrong With Art? an online panel discussion

    SOUR and bluenectar cordially invite you to What’s Wrong With Art? an online panel discussion happening on
    Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    What's Wrong With Art?
    When we talk about what’s wrong with art, we’re talking about what’s wrong with our society at-large. The issues of race, identity, housing insecurity, job insecurity in a digital age, nationalism, xenophobia, inclusion/exclusion and many others are all coming to a boil now as the heat has been turned up by an invisible contagion that has exposed burns we thought had been healing. What’s wrong with art is a problem of institutionalization, of a scaffolding that’s been built on a shaky foundation, of a kind of monolithic gate-keeper that can be exclusionary and elitist, and of a dusty, colonial art history narrative that has lionized white European creativity and diminished anything Other.

    We will have a diagnostic panel discussion and Q&A on current and future trends in the arts by bringing together four professionals, to have a collaborative ideation on solutions for a sustainably better future with:

    Rebecca Hui / Founder / Roots Studio
    Damien Davis / Artist / Damien Davis Studio
    Joel Bergner / Founder / Artolution
    Ryan Stanier / Founder / The Other Art Fair

    Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    Time: 3 - 4 pm EST | NOON PST
    Platform: Zoom (link shared on the day of the event)

    What’s Wrong With Art? is co-organized by SOUR and bluenectar.

    For more information and registration, click on the link below.

    Please feel free to circulate this invitation within your network, and see you online soon!



    Our first Sequencing publication is now live on the Fulcrum Arts website! Visit the link below to view Sarah Rosalena Balbuena-Brady’s essay ABOVE BELOW, the first contribution to our new interdisciplinary, transmedia online space.

    Sequencing.beta is a virtual locale for critical conversations and expressions centered around the convergence of art, science, and social change, with a particular focus on the Pacific Rim.

    Our first contributor Sarah Rosalena Balbuena-Brady’s practice focuses on Indigenous scholarship and mentorship in STEAM. Her work creates new narratives for hybrid objects, which function between human/nonhuman, ancient/future, biological/technological, handmade/autonomous to override power structures rooted in colonialism. They collapse binaries and borders, allowing for new opportunities in matter and digital futures on Earth or Space.


    "Colonialism is rooted in the planetary imagination which fails to account for histories of structural racism based on geologic relations and the violent dispossession of indigenous lands."

    -Sarah Rosalena Balbuena-Brady

    Image: ABOVE BELOW, AI-generated textile, cotton, training: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter satellite images, 2020 (front view)

    Upcoming Sequencing.beta artists include:

    November, 2020
    Phillip Birch lives and works in New York. His work utilizes computer and traditional animation, video game design, sculpture, and performance. Focusing on technology and history, Birch’s work traces a possible trajectory of human development by analyzing the past. His work and research explore topics such as schizophrenia, mental illness, body horror, secret societies, Catholicism, divisions of labor, and game theory.

    December, 2020
    Felipe Meres was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1988 and currently lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions include The Telomeric Cut at Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2017) and Fsision at Company Gallery, NY (2016). His work has been shown in venues such as the Ljubljana Biennial, Slovenia (2019); Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador (2018); GAMeC, Italy (2018) and the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, FL (2016). He was an artist in residency at Casa Wabi, Mexico (2018); ArtCenter/South Florida, FL (2016) and Escola de Verão, Capacete, Rio de Janeiro (2012). He holds an MFA from the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College, NY and is currently pursuing a PhD in Anthropology at The New School, NY. He is the recipient of the 2016 Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Grants & Commissions Award and of the 10th Tom of Finland Foundation Emerging Artist Grand Prize.

    January, 2021
    Colleen Hargaden is a Los Angeles based artist working in film/video, sculpture, and installation. Her work uses time-based media to explore future-thinking and issues of ecology, art, and utility. Employing the forms and techniques of contemporary “survivalist” culture and the DIY “maker movement,” Hargaden’s work responds to ongoing developments in technology, as well as the systemic social, ecological, and economic pressures that prompt their creation. Parallel to her artistic practice, Hargaden’s teaching contains a similar disciplinary blend, spanning STEAM, rocketry, and time-based media courses for middle and high school students. Her recent exhibitions include solo show Strategies for Inhabiting a Damaged Planet at Hunter Shaw Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA (2020), Say Ever Moves, Bard College Exhibition Center, UBS Gallery, Red Hook NY (2019); Pilot, Elephant, Los Angeles CA (2018). Hargaden is co-founder of Roger’s Office, an artist-run gallery in Highland Park, Los Angeles (2017-2019).

  • LESLIE FOSTER in group show, A Borrowing of Bones Group

    "A Borrowing of Bones Group" at Flatline Gallery, Group Exhibition

    October 17 - October 31

    - A Borrowing of Bones is inspired by Pablo Neruda’s poem October Fullness, "In the end, everyone is aware of this: nobody keeps any of what he has, and life is only a borrowing of bones." The exhibition aims to present death positive art, which allows the viewer to both appreciate the work and their lives in relation to the artwork. The show includes work by DMA MFA student Leslie Foster, Alonso Garkhan, Frankie Orozco, Hope Ezcurra, Marcus Sendlinger, Mika Chante, and Scotty Drumheller.

    - 6023 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805 (Viewings available per appointment)


    2020 North x North Festival
    Organized by the Anchorage Museum
    Noon Monday, Oct. 19
    1pm PDT. Online

    Together in conversation, designers Rebeca Méndez and Mathew Jull examine ideas of landscape, environmental justice, shelter and refuge. Méndez’s recent project, Biophilia Treehouse is an initiative to create avian wildlife corridors throughout Los Angeles County, with resting, feeding and nesting sites for the dual purpose of serving an abundance of birds as well as humans, for whom the sites will offer respite for reconnecting with the natural world. Areas most in need of connectivity are also areas with a history of environmental injustice and lack of green space in poor and underserved communities. Biophilia Treehouse addresses this environmental inequity. Matthew Jull studies Arctic settlement and examines the potential role of architecture and landscape architecture in human lifeways, beyond engineering.

    Rebeca Méndez is an artist, designer and chair of the Design Media Arts Department at UCLA. She is director of the Counterforce Lab, a research and fieldwork studio that harnesses the power of art and design to engage with the reality of global ecological crisis and its ties to environmental injustice.

    Matthew Jull is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Virginia, a founding partner of the design practices KUTONOTUK and TempAgency, director of the Arctic Design Group (with Leena Cho) and an architect. With a PhD in geophysics from Cambridge and Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Jull’s research explores the intersection of architecture and urban design with the processes that shape the natural environment.
    This free program is part of the 2020 North x North Festival.

    Anchorage Museum:

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