Video in Site: The Western
June 5, 2019, 7-9 PM
Video in Site is a series of screenings that will occur regularly from February 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, Action, Science Fiction, Soap Opera, the Road Trip 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 homage, 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.
The series began in the heart of Hollywood at LACE, and will travel throughout Los Angeles to venues including 18th Street Art Center, Armory Center for the Arts, Echo Park Film Center, and Queens LA. The fifth screening in this series explores the Western film and the adventure, violence and desolation of the wild west. Expect cowboys, ghost towns, banjos, shootouts and lots of horses.
Jeremy Blake, John Cates, Vanalyne Green, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Julie Orser, Julián Sorter, Marnie Weber and more!
Organized by artists Maura Brewer + Paul Pescador
Image Credit: Vanalyne Green, Saddle Sores, 1999