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In conjunction with the landmark Pacific Standard Time exhibitionCollaboration Labs: Southern California Artists and t he Artists Space Movement\, artist-run production company EZTV will host a f ive-week series of video screenings\, live music\, performances and artist talks in honor of its 32-year history as one of the world’s first video the aters\, computer art galleries and independent media centers.

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Organized by EZTV co-founder and Director  Michael J. Masucci\, this series includes a high-profile roster of seminal artists who broke boundaries and created new forms in media art. F rom rarely seen psychedelic video works by Dr. Timothy Leary to early computer art by members of LA-SIGGRAPH\, from early desktop video by EZTV co-founder John Door to the su rrealist works by multidisciplinary group Vertical Blanking\, these evenings will peel back LA’s cultural fabric to reveal key voices that have been excluded from the canon of media art history. Guest speaker s and performers include Barbara T. Smith\,Lowell Darling\, The Dark Bob\, Susanna Bixby Da kin\, Strawn Bovee\, Michael Kearns\, Kate Johnson\, Dr. Ken Luey\, Kate Crash\, Michael Wright\, David Eh renstein and Irene Rosen.

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Highlights of this series are:

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ART AS ARCHEOLOGY–Wed\, Oct 26\, 2011\, 8pm

\n< p style="text-align: justify\;">CORE\, a multimedia performance by KATE JOHNSON with S. PEARLE SHARP and KEN LUEY\, PhD

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Core\, a new performance and media work by Kate J ohnson\, combines music\, animation\, video and spoken word to tell the sto ry of memory\, haunted tongues and disappearing histories\, personal and cu ltural.

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THE WORLD PREMIERE OF LA WOMAN\, AN INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY PROJECT by ROCK ‘N ROLL ARTIST KATE CRASH

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LA Woman is musician/ performance artist Kate Crash’s interactive documentary of a multigeneratio nal group of female leaders in LA’s cultural scene. The projects features i nterviews with over 20 artists\, gallerists\, and art administrators\, incl uding psot-modern choreographer/dancer Simone Forti\, performance artist Ba rbara T. Smith\, artist and publisher Susanna Bixby Dakin\, filmmaker/actor /poet S. Pearle Sharp\, conceptual artist and legal mediator Dorit Cypris\, and artist and social entrepreneur Valerie Velazquez\, among others. See trailer.

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AN AR TIST FOR PRESIDENT–Wed\, Nov 2\, 2011\, 8 pm

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 AN ARTIST FOR PRESIDENT  BOOK LAUNCH PARTY and SIGNING with 18TH STREET CO-FOUNDER SUSANN A BIXBY DAKIN and SPECIAL GUESTS BARBARA T. SMITH and THE DARK BOB

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In 1984 Regan was running for his second-term while pursuing what would become a relentless\, multi-decades long retreat from democratic ideals. Susanna Dakin\, sculptor\, performance artist and  High Performance Magazine publisher\, had an outlandish notion: sh e declared with the Federal Elections Commission as an Artist/Candidate for President of the United States. Dakin’s debut book\, An Artist for Pre sident\, tells the story of her campaign and the surprising ideas peop le held about women\, artists and the political process. See short fi lm about campaign.

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THE DAWN OF DESKTOP–Wed\, Nov 9\, 2011\, 8 pm

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ACTOR STRAWN BOVEE DISC USS THE FIRST KNOWN NARRATIVE GARAGE-VIDEO FEATURE PRODUCED BY EZTV FOUNDER JOHN DORR

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In 1979 EZTV’s founder Joh n Dorr used an analog B&\;W bank surveillance camera to shoot the first known narrative garage-video feature. In 1982 he and a core group of artist s opened the EZTV Video Gallery\, LA’s first video production and exhibitio n space. For the opening they screened the feature\, which was about Doroth y Parker and her bi-sexual husband Alan Campbell. Host and actor Strawn Bov ee\, who played Parker\, will reflect upon Dorr’s process\, the creative fo ment of the period and EZTV’s unique position in the Los Angeles art scene. Bovee will share short video clips from the video.

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DR EAM ARTIST: THE RISE OF WEHO THEATER–Wed\, Nov 16\, 2011\, 8 pm

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HOLLYWOOD’S FIRST OPENLY GAY ACTOR MICH AEL KEARNS DISCUSSES LA’S THEATER SCENE AT THE HEIGHT OF THE AIDS PANDEMIC< /p>\n

Writer/actor/director Michael Kearns\ , Hollywood’s first openly gay actor\, will recount the state of affairs in LA’s late 70s–early 80s gay theater scene and his own highly influential c areer. He will share video excerpts of playwright James Carroll P ickett’s Dream Man\, which Kearns originally starred in and has re cently re-staged to critical acclaim in Ireland\, Spain\, Scotland and the US.  

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HISTORY IS THE ART OF F ORGETTING–Wed\, Nov 30\, 2011\, 8 pm

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RARE SCREENINGS OF WORKS BY DR. TIMOTHY LEARY\, VERTICAL BLANKING\ , TRANSHUMANISM AND LA DIGILANTES

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Hos ted by EZTV Director Michael Masucci with special guest Michael Wright\, th e final night in the series takes a look back at EZTV’s CyberSpace Gallery\ , one of the world’s first galleries dedicated to computer art. CyberSpace co-founder Masucci and LA Digilantes co-founder Wright will discuss the art ists and events that surrounded the creation of the gallery. The evening al so features the debut of a new video art piece by Esther Kiss as well as th e rarely seen Outside Looking In–One Last Visit with Timothy. Prod uced by Masuci\, Natasha Nita-More and members of EZTV\, Outside Lookin g In is among the very last video interviews with Dr. Timothy Leary ta ped shortly before his death in 1996.

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For more information on Hacking the Timeline v2.0 and the artists involved\, visit: www.18thstreet.org.

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ABOUT EZTV I n 1979 John Dorr\, in collaboration with a group of artists formed EZTV as the first video theater in the US. Originally housed in the West Hollywood Community Center\, EZTV exhibited experimental videos in an intimate settin g\, with chairs clustered around large television monitors\; the pioneering collective opened its own space in 1982. By moving video—at that time a ne w technology that was cheaper and viewed as more populist than film—outside an institutional museum setting\, EZTV emphasized the radical\, democratic aspects of small-screen technologies. Since its inception\, it has promote d not just alternative media\, but also queer aesthetics and politics. Thro ughout the 1980s\, ACT UP and Queer Nation held meetings at EZTV. Eventuall y evolving from a microcinema to a community-based editing facility\, EZTV was home to production facilities where artists created everything from fea ture-length narratives to short abstract works and computer art\; EZTV esta blished one of the world’s first galleries dedicated to computer art. Curre ntly run by co-founder artist Michael Masucci and current president Kate Jo hnson\, who came on board in 1993\, EZTV is a major site of the digital des ktop revolution and continues to promote methods of video distribution beyo nd commercial networks.

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DTEND:20111102T220000 DTSTAMP:20141225T110109 DTSTART:20111102T200000 GEO:34.0232998;-118.477291 LOCATION:18th Street Arts Center\,1639 18th St. \nSanta Monica\, CA 90404 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Hacking the Timeline: An Artist For President\, The Dark Bob\, Susa nna Bixby Dakin\, Barbara T. Smith UID:184638 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR