• *Whew Chile The Ghetto! - RAKEEM CUNNINGHAM & Ramon Espinosa

    We are pleased to announce the first two-person show by Los Angeles-based artists Rakeem Cunningham and Ramon Espinosa. New photographic works and installation by Rakeem Cunningham and mixed media works on paper by Ramon Espinosa are going to be exhibited in TAG Gallery’s loft space.

    Rakeem Cunningham was given the loft space for two weeks for an open plan project, without any restrictions from the gallery board. He then invited Ramon Espinosa to plan a project with him. The result is a show that is a direct reaction to how people view art, and how people interact with bodies within this space, specifically with queer non-white bodies. Cunningham will be showing odalisque type of self-portraitures that relate to queer Black experiences while Espinosa will be showing works on paper that demand interpretation while mirroring his own struggle with the questions of interpretation.

    The video clip of Nene Leakes walking through the streets of Atlanta while saying “Whew chile! The ghetto!” has been meme-ified, and has become a collective sentiment and standard meme response of younger generation of POCs. The exhibition adopted Leakes’ reaction to Atlanta’s ghetto to convey the frustration of being queer POC in the Art/art world – the ghettoization of queer black and brown bodies in these institutions, and the rest of the world.

    Rakeem Cunningham studied at UCLA for Design and Media Arts and has shown in Castelli Art Space, The South Bay LGBT Center, and The Los Angeles LGBT Center in Los Angeles, California, and in Littman and White Galleries in Portland, Oregon. Ramon Espinosa has participated in group shows in the Pete and Susan Barrett Gallery in Santa Monica, LA Art Share in Los Angeles, and in Trunk Gallery in Venice, California.

    September 18 - 30, 2018 Opening Reception:
    Thurs, Sept 20, 2018 (7pm-10pm)
    Rakeem Cunningham & Ramon Espinosa

  • VICTORIA VESNA and NOISE AQUARIUM in Ars Electronica’s Deep Space 8K

    Current scientific studies have shown with shocking examples that noise sources such as sonar and fracking are extremely harmful to large marine life. Noise also affects microscopic organisms such as plankton, as Victoria Vesna and her collaborators show in their interactive installation in Deep Space 8K at the Ars Electronica Festival 2018.

    September 6 - 10
    Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
    Ars-Electronica-Straße 1, 4040 Linz

  • JENNIFER STEINKAMP talks about her video at the Clark Art Institute

    The Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer Steinkamp’s Blind Eye, 1, 2018, a roughly three-minute-long animated loop, depicts a life-size grove of birch trees cycling through the seasons, their ocular scars delivering an uncanny, plural gaze. The video is included in a survey of the artist’s work at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, titled “Blind Eye,” which comprises the first video installations shown at the museum and is on view through October 8, 2018. Here, Steinkamp talks about inspirations for “Blind Eye,” the limitations of vision, and learning to decide.

  • UCLA’s Arcade Backpack to be featured at London art and design museum

    The UCLA Game Lab, led by professor of design media arts Eddo Stern, is known for its experimental research and creative projects; its dynamic public engagement initiatives like the Game Art Festival at the Hammer Museum; and its inclusive, collaborative and interdisciplinary approach.

    This summer, the Game Lab is sending its signature Arcade Backpack — loaded with four games created in the lab by UCLA students, alumni, faculty and artists-in-residence — to London for an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. “Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt” opens Sept. 8.

    In this excerpted Q&A Stern talked about the exhibition, why a research center should engage the world beyond the university, and the advantages of the “lab” model over the “studio” model for creative practice.

  • KATE PARSONS teaching at Pepperdine University

    I am a Visiting Professor in Fine Arts and Communications Studies at Pepperdine University this year.


    Big shout out to Corley Miller at Artillery Magazine for the wonderful write-up of the Vibrant Matter show.

    So thankful to be featured alongside my friend and fellow DMA Alum Joteva Elí in the article!

    It was an honor to be showing with such great artists: Jonathan Moore, Maru Garcia, Kristin Nicole McWharter, Paul Esposito, Sam Congdon, Victoria Vesna, Richelle Gribble, Kuan-ju Wu, Amanda Stojanov, David Del Francia, Tara Dilougherry, Ben Vance, Kate Parsons.

    “Vibrant Matter,” August 4 – 31, 2018, at the Beacon Arts Building, 808 N. La Brea Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90302.

  • GABRIEL DUNNE in group exhibition META FLUX of Preset Futures

    META FLUX of Preset Futures

    Nicole Aptekar
    Harvey Moon
    Ryan Alexander
    Gabriel Dunne

    Saturday, September 22nd 2018, 4–8p

    1410 62nd St #1552, Emeryville, CA 94608
    (second floor, use the call box to buzz in)

    meta (a) pertaining to or noting an abstract, high-level analysis or commentary, especially one that consciously references something of its own type.

    flux (n) continuous change, passage, or movement

    Framing understanding through routines and systems, Metaflux is a body of procedure-oriented artworks and, experiments based on system-focused approaches and integrations. The processes examined by the artists featured in Metaflux are intrinsic to navigating shifts and changes by establishing routines and frameworks. The artifacts of these personal frameworks, as well as the frameworks themselves, represent the efforts to create reliable variables and constructs in a life defined by constant transition and flux.

    Public opening on Saturday, September 22nd from 4–8pm. Gallery hours will be available by appointment through October.

  • WILLEM HENRI LUCAS completes new book MAARTEN PLOEG - PLOEG + WERK and gives talk

    After 4 years the book on Dutch artist and musician Maarten Ploeg, who rose to fame in the late 80's and passed away in 2004 is finally about to be published.

    Compiled and designed by Willem Henri Lucas, who also is the Editor in Chief for this 480 page book that documents his music, his paintings and his early video art.
    On September 13 Lucas will lecture on "the making of PLOEG + WERK" at the Printhouse Lenoirschuring.

    the making of PLOEG + WERK
    Lenoirschuring printers
    Back-Upstraat 12, 1033 NX Amsterdam
    7:30 pm

  • ERKKI HUHTAMO Lectures on Magic Lanterns in Tokyo

    Professor Erkki Huhtamo will give a public lecture on the history of the magic lantern in Tokyo to celebrate the opening of the exhibition "The Magic Lantern: A Short History of Light and Shadow" at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (TOP Museum) in Ebisu. He has also written one of the catalogue essays, available in English and Japanese.

    Professor Huhtamo's lecture will take place on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 4-5:30pm. The lecture will be in English with Japanese translation.
    The exhibition will be open between August 14 - October, 14, 2018. For more, see:

  • LAUREN McCARTHY artist in residence at Metal Liverpool

    Lauren McCarthy artist in residence at Metal Liverpool

    In Liverpool, Metal works out of Edge Hill Station, the world’s oldest active passenger railway station. The original 1836 Engine House, Boiler Room and Accumulator Tower now serve as a cultural and creative hub for artists, the neighbourhood and Merseyside, carrying on the building’s proud history of innovation, aspiration and technology. Metal curates an exciting programme of international and UK artists in residence, host week-long, residential talent development labs for artists from mixed disciplines and run a wide range of events, exhibitions and participatory projects that connect artists to audiences and audiences to artists. Lauren will lead a week long series of activities that investigate the future of family and artificial vs ancestral intelligence.

    September 17–22, 2018

    Metal at Edge Hill Station
    Tunnel Road
    Liverpool. L7 6ND

  • LAUREN McCARTHY participating in Seoul Mediacity Bienniale,

    Lauren McCarthy participating in Seoul Mediacity Bienniale,

    Entire; having no element left out, complete in degree. Artificial Intelligence becomes part of our lives. A.I speakers which are able to searching requested movies, don’t surprise me anymore and recommendation systems get smarter and smarter so that catch my whimsical preferences quicker than ever. As always we have, our lives are influenced by and influencing to the advanced technologies. As always we have, we hope this most radical technology, A.I, to benefit our lives, entirely on us. However, what we are experiencing now is slightly different from our expectations. Instead of sensing mind blowing A.I moments in every single day, we are facing the unbalanced gender issue in tech centric communities, we realize lack of minority groups data and dependency on training data sets, and we ask more profound questions to ourselves such as who we are as human beings and what human creativity is. In Seoul Mediacity Biennale 2018, we would like reveal our questions, problems and issues came up to our minds in the age of A.I. Entirely beneficial state might be an ideal stand in real life. It can not be actualized under any circumstance, and it can not be achieved in any society. Our new normal, in the age of A.I, starts at the point of perceiving our lives will go with this incompleted, unstable, imperfect technologies.

    September 6–November 18, 2018

    Seoul Mediacity Biennale
    61 Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu
    Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA)
    04515 Seoul, South Korea

  • NOVA JIANG Artists Addressing Climate Change at ICA

    August 12
    3 PM - 5 PM

    Archaeology of the present: Artists Addressing Climate Change

    Climate change and its effects can feel overwhelming, intangible, and disempowering. Through activation, object or gesture, artists have the power to access a personal entry point and deepen individual understanding of issues that impact us the most: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the ecological systems by which we live.

    In May, artists Rebecca Bruno, Nova Jiang, and Debra Scacco began a six-month residency at Los Angeles Clean Teach Incubator (LACI) located in the Arts District. The residency supports artists’ research on climate change, sustainability, and related themes. Archaeology of the present unites the three resident artists in dialogue with Megan Steinman, cultural producer and director of the Underground Museum, at the mid-point of their time at LACI. They will reflect on how artists can distill global issues for new work and impact.

    About the artists’ projects Dance artist and sculptor Rebecca Bruno has hosted a series of awareness and movement workshops inspired by the regenerative nature of permaculture. She has utilized the facilities to trace and make tangible the physicality of this movement.

    Multiple media artist Nova Jiang uses rapid prototyping to realize multiple projects inspired by the transience of the contemporary built environment.

    Debra Scacco is an artist, curator, and founder of the LACI AIR program. LACI resources have enabled her to deepen her research on river, highway, and transit lines of Los Angeles; exploring ways to physically articulate the lines of the city’s past, present, and future.

    Moderator Megan Steinman is an independent curator and Director of The Underground Museum.

    About LACI and the AIR program Los Angeles Clean Teach Incubator (LACI) is a state-of-the-art facilities lab and hub to support innovative green technology start-ups and community networks located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District. AIR enhances LACI’s innovation community by introducing research-led artists to a thriving environment: where entrepreneurs, engineers, organizations and policy makers collaborate, promote and support the development of clean technologies. AIR supports Los Angeles based artists whose work addresses agriculture, environment, energy, transportation, waste, water and related themes. In bringing together thought leaders from various disciplines, AIR aligns expertise, experience, creativity and innovation to address urgent global environmental problems.

  • NOVA JIANG is an artist is residence at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)

    May-December 2018

    AIR, the Artist-in-Residence Program at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), empowers innovation by uniting the creative and cleantech communities in the shared aim of addressing global environmental problems. AIR supports Los Angeles based artists whose work addresses agriculture, environment, energy, transportation, waste, water and related themes. Artists in the 2018 program are Rebecca Bruno, Nova Jiang and Debra Scacco.

    Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)
    525 S Hewitt Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90013

  • NOVA JIANG in Group Show Remote Castration at LAXART

    July 29—September 15, 2018
    Opening Reception, Sunday, July 29, 2018, 3:00pm—6:00pm

    Remote Castration is a group exhibition that reflects on the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements and how they resonate with a trajectory of feminist thought in contemporary art. The show is curated by Catherine Taft and includes works by John Altoon, Nancy Buchanan, Kathryn Garcia, Daniel T Gaitor-Lomack, Jenny Holzer, Nova Jiang, Paul McCarthy, Jahni Moore, Sue Williams and Benjamin Weissman.

    July 29—September 15, 2018
    Opening Reception, Sunday, July 29, 2018, 3:00pm—6:00pm

    HOLLYWOOD, CA, 90038

  • Phaedon celebrates World Emoji Day with PETER LUNENFELD's discussion of Aldous Huxley

    Phaedon celebrates World Emoji Day with Peter Lunenfeld's discussion of Aldous Huxley, the Doors of Perception and the emergence of "non verbal humanities."

  • Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia the Movie with Matthew Doyle

    Today (July 16) the Standard in West Hollywood, Fiona Duncan and Hard to Read are hosting Matt Doyle, Richard Hertz and the band Purity for a special evening centered around the late American artist Jack Goldstein, via Richard's book "Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia" (2004).

    Richard will be reading from the book, Purity will be presenting their record, and Matt will be reading from a work-in-progress screenplay adaptation of Richard's book.

    Details are below. Matt’s very excited for the evening, grateful to be sharing the Standard's Cactus Room with such brilliant folks. Hope to see you there!


    Monday July 16 at 7pm
    In the Cactus Lounge of the Standard, Hollywood

    Matt Doyle discovered American artist Jack Goldstein through Richard Hertz’s book ‘Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia.' An autobiography told through oral history, Hertz’s book tells the story of Goldstein’s successes, failures, and eventually his disappearance from the art world. This evening, Richard will read selections from the book, Matt will present his in-progress adaptation of the book to feature length narrative film, and there will be a performance by the band Purity.

    Hosted by Fiona Alison Duncan, Hard to Read is a monthly lit series based out of the Standard hotels in Los Angeles.


  • MATTIAS DOERFELT artist in residence at Art Center Nabi in Korea

    Mattias will be in Seoul for the next 8 weeks as an artist in residence at Art Center Nabi. He is very excited about Korea and plan to be back in September to continue his work at UCLA Game Lab.

  • ISLA HANSEN et al, The Summit, Guild Hall Center for the Visual and Performing Arts

    August 31 - September 9
    The Summit, Guild Hall Center for the Visual and Performing Arts

    Isla Hansen’s collaborative experimental theater piece, The Summit, premieres at the Guild Hall Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in East Hampton, New York on August 31, 2018. This science fiction dark comedy includes live performance and video, puppetry, animation, and an original score. The Summit is written, directed, and designed by Isla Hansen, Tucker Marder, and Christian Scheider.

    Guild Hall Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
    158 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937

  • ISLA HANSEN installation, Aeromorphiscope, at Akron Art Museum's Planes, Trains, & Automobiles show.

    July 26, 2018 - July 14, 2019

    Isla Hansen's installation, Aeromorphiscope, is on view as part of the Akron Art Museum's Planes, Trains, & Automobiles show. This interactive soft sculpture prompts audiences of all ages to consider the relationship between bodies, motion, and technology by activating three forms of animation hidden in a twenty-foot plush aircraft sculpture.

    Akron Art Museum
    One South High, Akron, Ohio 44308

  • ERKKI HUHTAMO Contributes to LACMA's 3D: Double Vision Exhibition

    Professor Erkki Huhtamo has lent items from his media archaeological collection to LACMA's new exhibition 3D: Double Vision. He also wrote one of the catalogue essays. Several pictures in the gorgeous exhibition catalogue, including its covers, are from Huhtamo's collection.

    3D: Double Vision is the first major exhibition in a US art museum dedicated to art and 3D. It will be on view between July 15, 2018 and March 19, 2019.

    For more, see:

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