As part of its 20th birthday celebration, Freewaves will present "Video on the Loose" at LACMA's Late Night Art Event on Saturday, June 26, 2010, from 8-11pm. The event will animate the museum's north piazza with 21 experimental media art works produced over the past two decades. The videos span perspectives from the identity politics of the 1990s to post-9/11 reality checks, from deep inside the mass media landscape to observations from media makers in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
"We chose to present videos unconstrained by conventions, to create meaning across community divides," says Freewaves Executive Director Anne Bray. "The videos cross political, geospatial and temporal boundaries, gathering local and international viewpoints to assess art's role in challenging racism, sexism and classism."
The evening's program is split into four thematic programs, each presented on a separate monitor in a continuous loop:
Squirm: Body-related, uncomfortable but spellbinding images, sounds and narratives
Trouble: Artists willing to broach danger and take it on as a complex subject
Pop Cop: Playful and critical responses to television ads, news, and authorities
Dual/Duel: Conflicts and contrasts coming from different points of view
BP Grand Entrance | Tickets: $10, BUY TICKETS online or by calling the Box Office at 323 857-6010
LOOSEY GOOSEY: A dialogue with Anne Bray & Kenneth Rogers
Art Catalogues at LACMA, 9:15 p.m.
Please join Freewaves Executive Director Anne Bray and media art theorist and educator Kenneth Rogers in a dialogue about the humor, paradox, and hypocrisy inherent in tracing a history of media art. "Video on the Loose" artists in attendance, and anyone else with an opinion to spew, are invited to participate.
Freewaves 20th Anniversary Book + DVD
On the occasion of its anniversary, Freewaves has published a special edition book and DVD in recognition of its two decades of promoting access to and participation in new media arts. "Video on the Loose: Freewaves and 20 years of media arts" raises provocative questions about the nature of the medium, while arguing its contribution to broader social processes. Artists' perspectives are interspersed throughout. Along with the book is a DVD documenting the evolution of the media arts as a medium for activism and aesthetic experimentation, presented as narrative, documentary, animation and other hybrid forms, focusing on the years 1989 - 2009.
>>>The book and DVD will be available for purchase at the LACMA bookstore<<<
Freewaves is a grassroots yet global nonprofit arts organization connecting innovative, relevant, independent new media from around the world. The organization is funded by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The James Irvine Foundation, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Getty Grant Program, Pasadena Art Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and Freewaves' members.
For more information about Freewaves, click here or contact Anne Bray at firstname.lastname@example.org and 323.871.1950.