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  • REFIK ANADOL - Living Architecture: Casa Batllo

    On May 10, 2022, Refik Anadol’s Living Architecture: Casa Batlló, inspired by Antoni Gaudi’s building in Barcelona, Spain, became Anadol’s first artwork to be auctioned by Christie’s. The piece was displayed on a giant media screen in New York’s iconic Rockefeller Plaza from April 30 - May 13. On May 7 a live projection mapping performance of the work on the actual facade of the historical building was viewed by an enormous crowd of 50,000. Living Architecture: Casa Batlló was the only NFT offered during Christie’s 21st Century Evening Sale which also included physical works by Banksy, Gerhard Richter, and Jeff Koons, and set records for the next generation of young artists. As Artnet News reported, “The cutting edge keeps shifting — most recently to NFTs, ‘a critical part’ of the new frontier and youth culture, according the president of Christie’s Jussi Pylkkänen. And so, Christie’s concluded the auction with Living Architecture: Casa Batlló…Less than three minutes later, the work sold for $1.4 million. The room erupted in applause.”

    2425 Glover Place

    https://news.artnet.com/market/christies-may-2022-contemporary-auction-report-2112125

  • The Student Committee for the Arts (SCA) is seeking student applicants for the 2022-2023

    The Student Committee for the Arts (SCA) is seeking student applicants for the 2022-2023 academic year. Our committee uses funding from UCLA and the Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) to pursue our mission of supporting and encouraging student awareness and participation in arts programming at UCLA. We aim to provide hands-on experience in arts administration for our committee’s members. SCA is also the host of UCLA’s end-of-year performance at Royce Hall. This year, our Royce Show will be featuring Weyes Blood on May 18th, and in the past we have brought Thundercat, Portugal. The Man, Kamasi Washington, The Marias, Doja Cat, Bob Dylan, and Omar Apollo to UCLA.

    Our application is now open! It is due Sunday, May 22 and can be found on our instagram (@sca.ucla) or at the link provided. Please reach out to scaucla@gmail.com with any questions.

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-X1lRHIz_0C2Cr6cLgjAmnzc7qDaTJoilG9h_ekMtpY-7tA/viewform?usp=sf_link

  • MICHAEL LUO - A MAZE. / Berlin 11th International Games and Playful Media Festival

    MICHAEL LUO - MUSEUM OF MEDIOCRE APPROPRIATIONS ON VIEW AT A MAZE. /BERLIN

    A MAZE. / Berlin is an international festival focusing on arthouse games and playful media. For the day experience A MAZE. / Berlin invites globally spread and diverse experimental game and VR creators, digital artists, musicians and other playful creatives from around different countries who share in an inspiring 5-day program of talks and workshops, idea market places and knowledge bazaar the art of video games making.

    https://2022.amaze-berlin.de/

  • REBECA MENDEZ - SPAZIO: Visioni Intrecciate — Contemporary Art Exhibition

    The theme around which the artistic path develops is that of refractions. Starting from a fixed point, the art of this painter from Piacenza follows exciting developments, and each of her creations enhances every moment, thought, material, object that led her to create. A fluid production, never banal, full of infinite facets, which draws on the World and touches deeply.

    Villa dei Cedri, Via Piva, 89, Valdobbiadene, Treviso, Italy

    https://artelagunaprize.com/the-land-of-venice/#villa-dei-cedri

  • MAYA MANN - GRADUATE STUDENT’S ARTWORK HARNESSES HYPER-FEMININITY TO COMMENT ON IDENTITY

    Maya Man is refreshing the tab and building her avatar offline.

    Expanding upon her background in computer science and website design, the design media arts graduate student opened her first solo show titled “Secrets From a Girl” at the Broad Art Center on April 19. Man said she specializes in browser-based generative art, a medium that allows her creations to exist as live algorithms in the digital universe. Named after a Lorde song in which a woman imparts wisdom to her younger self, she said the exhibit is similarly a reflection on female adolescence and how gender performance is guided by internet culture.

    Read more here:

    https://arts.ucla.edu/single/graduate-students-artwork-harnesses-hyper-femininity-to-comment-on-identity/?fbclid=IwAR39OzCp1zu4t4-X1qo8LIHv26mtFiQdM7SsEJj23g_7MVM4R1RpaQv2IKI

  • YOGAN MULLER - Rotterdam Photo 2022

    Yogan Muller, DMA Visiting Lecturer, will be showing his latest body of work at Rotterdam Photo 2022. Responding to the theme "The Human Blue Print," Muller will exhibit “Telotypes,” a collection of pictures he started to make when he moved to Los Angeles in October 2019. With a conscious nod to Lewis Baltz's "Prototype Works," Muller's Telotypes draw attention to the impact L.A. has on the landscape while forging aesthetics attuned to mounting environmental pressures.

    The festival opens on Wednesday, May 18 and closes on Sunday, May 20, 2022 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

    https://www.rotterdamphoto.eu/

  • RUI HU won Best Experimental Animation Award at the 60th Ann Arbor Film Festival

    Rui Hu won Best Experimental Animation Award at the 60th Ann Arbor Film Festival, and was a finalist of the IFVA Award at the Hong Kong Arts Centre this year.

    A Comprehensive Theory
    Rui Hu
    Shanghai, China | 2021 | 8 | HD Video

    NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

    In several languages, the word clue carries a reference to threads or ropes. In A Comprehensive Theory, a library serves as a representation of order, containing the collection and organization of human knowledge. The various linear forms have the quality of duality, as both connection and restriction, life-saving tools and deadly weapons, chaos and order, and parallel and entanglement.

    https://www.aafilmfest.org/

  • RAKEEM CUNNINGHAM - Headcanon - NADA Project Space

    OCHI is pleased to present Headcanon, a solo presentation by Los Angeles-based artist Rakeem Cunningham. The exhibition will be on view from May 5 through June 11, 2022 at the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) project space, located on the second floor of 75 East Broadway in New York.

    Headcanon features 10 new multidimensional and maximalist collage works that use the coded visuals of niche subcultures to navigate the artist’s personal struggles and frustrations with mental illness. A devout enthusiast of fantasy, anime, videogames, and manga, Cunningham assembles stills and excerpts from this diverse array of media in rhythmic expressions of the human condition that simultaneously convey aspects of his own queer, black, and neurodivergent experiences. By drawing upon the emotionally charged lexicon visible in the expanded world of Japanese animation, Cunningham creates works that affectively simulate the qualities of obsessive-compulsive disorder through form and content. Instinctively layering figure upon figure, collage becomes a therapeutic release and a somatic healing practice—one element of Cunningham’s mental healthcare practice that helps to create stability.

    75 East Broadway, New York, NY

    https://www.newartdealers.org/programs/rakeem-cunningham-presented-by-ochi-los-angeles/press-release

  • POP UP GUEST LECTURE WITH DAVID ROY

    David Roy is a multidisciplinary artist and educator from Los Angeles, California. His work, which spans performance, photography, sculpture, music, and technology is guided by the declaration of art as a practice of freedom that should never be estranged from everyday life.

    In 2016, David Roy founded a space agency called BLACKNASA. He considers the process of making art “a practice of freedom that should never be estranged from everyday life.” Working with photography, sculpture, music, and technological installations, his mission is to conduct ‘rocket science’ on multiple levels, including “through the design, fabrication, and launching of rockets,” and “interventions in public space.”

    WEDNESDAY AT 2PM PDT AT UCLA EDA- Experimental Digital Arts
    Broad Art Center, 1250, 240 Charles E Young Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90095

    http://artsci.ucla.edu/node/1585

  • PETER LUNENFELD IN ART FORUM

    Peter Lunenfeld has a Focus piece in the May issue of Artforum about "City of Cinema: Paris 1850-1907," a show at LACMA that is up through July 20th, 2022.

    “City of Cinema: Paris 1850–1907”
    LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA)
    Curated by Leah Lehmbeck and Britt Salvesen, with Vanessa R. Schwartz

    THE DEATH OF CINEMA has been announced almost as often as the death of God. And why not link film to religion? For true cineastes, basking in the reflected images of more stars than there are in heaven (as the old MGM tagline had it) supersedes any epiphanies in church. But in Hollywood these days, signs of decay, if not of mortality, are everywhere. On Sunset Boulevard, the iconic Cinerama Dome has been shuttered since the start of Covid, the Oscars have been shedding categories and viewers, and box-office receipts were trending down even before the virus. If there’s a home for the industry in the twenty-first century, it’s probably not Hollywood but Los Gatos, the sleepy Bay Area town streaming goliath Netflix calls home.

    https://www.artforum.com/print/reviews/202205/peter-lunenfeld-on-city-of-cinema-paris-1850-1907-88424

  • ERKKI HUHTAMO Premieres his New Stage Performance in Antwerp, Belgium

    Professor Erkki Huhtamo is not only an internationally acclaimed media scholar. He is also known for his stage performances where he combines old and new media in funny but thought-provoking ways. Huhtamo’s new production, developed during the Covid-19 lockdown, will premiere as a ‘sneak preview’ version in Antwerp, Belgium on Thursday May 5, 2022 at FOMU, the Photography Museum Antwerp. “Professor Huhlabaloo Presents a Century That Slept” is part of the conference “B-Magic: The Magic Lantern and its Cultural Impact as a Visual Mass Medium in Belgium.”

    Professor Huhtamo plays the role of ‘Professor Huhlabaloo,’ a failed gold digger turned into a magic lantern showman, performing for a living in San Francisco’s notorious ‘Barbary Coast’. The year is 1872. After finishing another less than refined show, he falls asleep at a barroom table while having a card game with other failed fortune hunters - and is magically carried forward 150 years. Waking up, he tries to make sense of what happened and gives an account of his own century as an era when people wanted to fall asleep to escape from an oppressive present. Maybe that’s what happened to him too? Strange connections with the current era start building up.

    The Rip van Winkle -influenced performance plays with clichés of the past, reviving them to illuminate the present. A program of lantern slides of people falling asleep and seeing both sweet dreams and nightmares is accompanied by the multi-instrumentalists Alexander Sterkens and Kobe Dupont, who interpret original nineteenth-century sheet music from popular shows of the era, giving the resurrected dreams of the past a visceral presence.

    https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/projects/b-magic/final-conference/

  • REBECA MENDEZ - Art and the Environment: An Artist Panel Discussion at The San Diego Museum of Art

    Tuesday, May 3
    10:00 a.m.–noon

    Virtual Friends Lecture and Docent Guest Lecture
    Speakers: Fernando Casasempere, ceramic artist; Anya Gallaccio, artist and professor, Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego; Rebeca Méndez, artist, designer, and Chair of the UCLA Design Media Arts department; and John Mireles, photographic artist
    Moderator: MacKenzie Elmer, environment reporter for Voice of San Diego

    Each artist will share how their artistic practice and work speaks to issues around land, the environment, climate change, and waste.

    Unified in their innovative and exploratory use of materials and subjects, artists Fernando Casasempere, Anya Gallaccio, Rebeca Méndez, and John Mireles will gather to discuss their individual practices creating works that invite us to explore our relationship with nature and the earth. While employing different media, these artists reveal the powerful human presence and influence that remains in the objects, landscapes, and environments we inhabit. The conversation will be moderated by Voice of San Diego’s Environment Reporter, MacKenzie Elmer.

    Free for SDMA docents and members at the Friend level and above | $5 suggested donation for all others

    Reserve your spot by clicking on this link. All participants will be sent the Zoom link and instructions via email once registration is complete.

    https://www.sdmart.org/event/art-and-the-environment-an-artist-panel-discussion/

  • LAUREN LEE McCARTHY - Neon Was Never Brighter

    Lauren Lee McCarthy participating in Neon Was Never Brighter

    Chinatown Media & Arts Collaborative is proud to present Neon Was Never Brighter: A Glimpse Into the Future, the first ever contemporary art festival in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Neon Was Never Brighter reflects on Chinatown’s fortitude - by honoring its unique history and diverse cultural landscape. It affirms an initiative of optimism and hope for the future. Despite the severe challenges of the past and current years, the neighborhood's tenacity and resilience endure. Neon is a metaphor for Chinatown’s brightness and strength – a “light” that is embodied by and reflected through the people. As such, the festival’s title is Chinatown's self-proclamation that it has never shined brighter against the darkness of adversity because its light is from within.

    800 Grant Ave, Chinatown, San Francisco

    https://www.neonwasneverbrighter.org/

  • Leonardo 55:2 Cover + Artist Article

    Exploring 4D Image Sets of Early Heart Development Using Gesture and an Immersive, Spatial Operating Environment

    https://direct.mit.edu/leon/article-abstract/55/2/119/101073/Exploring-4D-Image-Sets-of-Early-Heart-Development?redirectedFrom=fulltext

  • Digital Prometheus: Artist Refik Anadol imbues artificial intelligence with creativity

    Alumnus of UCLA’s design media arts program shares the inspiration behind some of his awe-inspiring projects.

    Since graduating in 2014 with a master of fine arts from UCLA’s design media arts program, artist Refik Anadol has become a worldwide sensation known for exhibitions that harness state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to create mind-blowing multisensory experiences.

    His body of work though, is much more than simply mesmerizing feasts for the eyes and ears; it addresses the challenges and possibilities that our ubiquitous computing has imposed on humanity.

    On April 19, Anadol’s latest piece, “Moment of Reflection” will debut on campus, where he also serves as a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts. It was in that department, he learned from innovative professors like Christian Moeller, Casey Reas, Jennifer Steinkamp and Victoria Vesna, all of whom use digital technology to help reshape conceptions of art.

    “Using data is a scientific approach to something very soulful and spiritual,” Anadol said. “I think it’s very important for artists and creators to find that ‘human’ in the non-human.”

    In the lead-up to “Moment of Reflection,” Anadol shares stories of inspiration and challenges about four of his pieces.

    https://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/digital-prometheus-artist-refik-anadol-imbues-artificial-intelligence-with-creativity-2724911

  • RUI HU's A Comprehensive Theory Won the Best Experimental Animation Award at 60th Ann Arbor Film Festival

    The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America, founded by George Manupelli in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences.

    "Thousands of influential filmmakers and artists have exhibited early work at the AAFF, including KennethThe Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America, founded by George Manupelli in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences.

    Kenneth Anger, Brian De Palma, Agnes Varda, Andy Warhol, Gus Van Sant, Barbara Hammer, George Lucas, Les Blank, Matthew Buckingham, and James Benning.

    The Best Experimental Animation Award recognizes the best experimental animated film that most successfully showcases the use of experimental processes, forms, and topics."

    Ann Arbor, MI, USA

    https://www.aafilmfest.org/single-post/60th-aaff-award-winners

  • MARU GARCIA - Pile 2 Patio

    Pile 2 patio is a piece by artist Maru García that explores the materiality and community-building qualities of a mulch pile. For one day only, 18th Street Arts Center’s Airport Campus will have a giant mulch sculpture in the parking lot on Saturday, April 23 from 11 am to 3 pm as part of the exhibition Radical Propagations, on view at 18th Street’s Propeller Gallery.

    This interactive and evolving piece will invite the public to modify the sculpture by taking mulch to their homes. As each person takes their part, the pile will change shape throughout the day. Once planted in each participant’s garden, the organic sculpture will take another form, transforming each garden into an active part of this exhibition and community.

    This organic sculpture wants to put Soil physically and conceptually at the center of the conversation. Soil is more than just dirt. It is the foundation for healthy ecosystems and plays an important role in sustaining life.

    18th Street Arts Center | Parking Lot | 3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405

    https://18thstreet.org/event/pile2patio/

  • THEO TRIANTAFYLLIDIS - BugSim premieres at Floriade Expo, NL

    Theo Triantafyllidis is very excited to share with you that his new live simulation BugSim (Pheromone Spa), 2022 will be premiering at Floriade Expo in The Art Pavilion Flevoland in the Netherlands on April 14, 2022, as part of SUPER-ULTRA-NATURAL, the visual art program curated by Ward Janssen, that focuses on commissioned large-scale art installations. In BugSim, a precious slice of microscopic life expands to a busy Colony of Ants and progressively to an entire forest of tiny flowering plants, branching and blooming in every direction, whilst carefully monitored by a mysterious figure. Prepare to be lured into a miniature world of resilience and entropy and contemplate on the paradox of environmental repair.

    https://vimeo.com/694850574/337cfd3656

  • DESMA 9: ALCHEMY & ART with Ann McCoy

    Ann McCoy has studied alchemy for fifty years. This talk will focus on the relationship of alchemy to the dream world, and how alchemy is a symbolic language which describes processes occurring below the threshold of consciousness. In a time when we are seeing a war on psyche, especially in the approaches advocated by many MFA programs and the art world in general, this lecture will be on the importance of the realm of the unconscious. For McCoy connecting art to the inner life is of supreme importance. Current mechanical, material, and positivist models feel lacking, and critical theory will hopefully give way to more expansive ways of viewing art making that have greater dimensionality. This lecture will be on McCoy’s own work and the relationship of her work to alchemy and dreams.

    https://vimeo.com/696302549 https://us8.campaign-archive.com/?e=[UNIQID]&u=9baf6baeafa7dd6c42a6db349&id=c4646f6182

  • A.M. Darke - Tech In Conversation: Imagining Radical Tech Futures

    Tech In Conversation: Imagining Radical Tech Futures
    Apr 11, 2022 4:30 - 6pm

    While scholars often examine the ways in which technologies fail and marginalize communities, this event focuses on an equally critical goal of adopting an abolitionist mindset – one that simultaneously asks how can we build new and life-affirming systems, while tearing down others that inflict harm.

    This panel brings together three technologists engaged in the exploration of generative, creative and justice-oriented interventions to improve the relationship between technology and society — specifically, developing alternatives to violent and discriminatory systems. We look forward to a lively discussion about each of their approaches to designing radical tech tools for social change, and expanding our own imaginations around the future of tech.

    This event is the first in our Tech in Conversation series at the Center for Information Technology Policy. This series aims to spark conversations about tech and society across a wide range of disciplines; from cybersecurity to designing radical games to community technology initiatives. We'll host speakers with experiences outside of academia - those working in the field, in policy, on social media, at the grassroots, in art, in community - and engage them in conversations that are relevant and accessible to a wide community of people.

    https://bit.ly/TechInConversation

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