A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in L.A. this week: a screening of films by Saul Levine, new media performances by the collectives Institute for New Feeling and Work & Play, a lecture by designer Rick Griffith, and a evening of performances curated by Emily O.
Thursday, August 27, 7:30 p.m.
"The foremost dissenting filmmaker in America," according to film historian P. Adams Sitney, Saul Levine has made experimental works over a span of 40 years that explore the extraordinary in everyday life. This program includes Driven (Boston After Dark): Joe Gibbons (2002), one in a series of videos made while driving at night around the city. Gibbons, a performance artist, filmmaker and Levine's longtime friend, was sentenced to a year in prison last month after pleading guilty to a third-degree felony robbery which took place on New Year's Eve, which he captured on video as an artwork. Driven will be preceded by a shorter work, Dream Lover Dream (2015). A Q&A with Levine and artist Matthew Doyle follows the screening.
VeggieCloud, 5210 Monte Vista Street
Thursday, August 27, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Eastside International is an artist-run exhibition space and residency program in Lincoln Heights. The closing reception of their current exhibition "HOW TO WATER," which investigates the Internet's fluidity by conflating water and digital media, features performances by two artist groups. The Institute for New Feeling presents Watermark.mov, a "hi definition steam room" with personal sauna pods. Bathing suits and sandals are suggested. Work & Play presents Watering the Plants: a Liquid Symphony, a performance which mines creativity from life's daily chores.
Eastside International, 602 Moulton Avenue
Saturday, August 29, 2:00 p.m.
The first of University of Southern California's RoskiTalks for the fall semester is given by Rick Griffith, director of the Denver-based design studio MATTER. The firm's projects fuse formal experimentation with a sense of social mission. Griffith's work is inspired by a DIY ethos cultivated during his formative years in the D.C. punk scene, as well as time spent on Madison Avenue in the 1990s. Griffith also serves as Denver City and County Commissioner of Arts and Culture. The lecture is presented at the California African American Museum, as part of the programming for "Shared Otherness" (through Sept. 6), an exhibition by students in the USC Roski School's Special Projects Design Course. The show concerns the community in the neighborhood shared by USC and CAAM.
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Exposition Park
Saturday, August 29, 8:30-11:00 p.m.
Emily O, an artist-driven curatorial project, has organized this night of video, performance and sound works by 18 different artists in a vacant lot on the edge of Highland Park. Their press release expounds about the area "on the edge of gentrification, on the edge of being filled in." It goes on to describe the location as "a portioned segment of geography, filled with the history of the highlands, portioned out, segmented, distributed, and in the midst of redevelopment." Emily O is currently comprised of Satoe Fukushima, Garrett Hallman and Kim Zumpfe.
4670 York Boulevard