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Video in Site
Still from Kitty 54, Michael Webster, 2015
Video in Site
Organized by artists Maura Brewer + Paul Pescador
February 27 to September 2019
First screening Feb 27 7-9 PM
Video in Site is a series of screenings that will occur regularly from February 27th, 2019 to September 2019. Each screening will bring together video art and experimental film, alongside clips from the internet and other digital detritus. The work will be grouped together loosely by genre, including the Musical, the Western, the Road Trip, Science Fiction, Soap Opera and Horror.
To make site-specific work today is to engage with the space of digital capitalism. For artists working in Los Angeles, images from Hollywood wash up on the shores of the Internet, where they are translated, reconstructed and synthesized back into material that reflects on its origins. From critique to hommage, these selected videos address the ways that identity is constructed from the fragments of mass media. The movie theater, the cell phone, the Netflix queue and the Youtube playlist form a landscape against which the artist moves.
Starting in the heart of Hollywood at LACE, the series will travel throughout Los Angeles to other venues including 18th Street Art Center, Echo Park Film Center, Queens and Veggie Cloud.
The series kicks off by exploring the fantasy, pleasure and artifice of the Hollywood musical. In these works, bodies move through their surrounding environment assisted by dance and song. Expect lovelorn satanists, disco cats, high school marching bands and make-up tutorials. Artists include: Seth Bogart+JJ Stratford, Max Grau, Judy Fiskin, Mike Kelly, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Josh Mannis, Alison O’Daniel and Michael Webster.