“Oil and Water” : Interview with Pat Moran – Music Director, Writer, San Francisco Mime Troupe
Is there a foundation of values that set each stage for SFMT?
Yes. First of all there has to be a sense of optimism. We believe that people can make changes in the world that will affect things in a positive way. We are a collective run organization and it is important that all members of the company have an influence over the message we are putting out in our shows. We do a lot of research before and during our writing process and feel that it is important to do more than just complain about things- we look for solutions. We stand in solidarity with oppressed people world-wide and work toward a future where resources are allocated in a fair sustainable manner and people all treated with fairness and compassion.
What kind of community would you like to build with the Troupe?
We look for a future where people are treated fairly, respected, and compensated fairly for their labor, an end to exploitation of people, and a move to a sustainable culture.
Tell me about your vision and commitment of the future? what’s your part?
As an artist (writer, musician) I think that the most important role I can play is to help people believe that positive change is possible. There are other ways of doing things that are better than how we are doing them now and we can work towards them. Read More.
A recent online enrollment research survey shows that students are rushing to sign up for online education opportunities. The number of students taking at least one class online courses rose some 30-plus percent in the past decade, according to the study. Anywhere from 30,000 to 50,000 students are taking these so-called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
MOOCs haven’t even scratched the surface of what they will become in five or 10 years. Like those universities that offer the best college programs online, future online learning aspirations are high, but practical applications are still under the lens. The three biggest independent or non-profit providers of online learning have recently marked their one-year anniversaries. A fourth, already seven years old, continues to supplement, not supplant, traditional courses.
Free online courses are still the main lure for massive open online courses, but companies like edX offer students and others an open source education platform. It also is actively adding new universities and colleges to better its online offerings, as well as conducting research into best ways for students to learn in an online setting. Read More.
On View | Why You Should Visit a 13-Foot-Long Art Museum in Southern California
Like the courtyard houses of Marrakesh, Los Angeles’s residential architecture turns inward, away from the busy boulevards. The result is a lot of inhospitable public space, but it can also produce a special kind of pleasure. There’s a thrill, specific to L.A., in finding an amazing restaurant in a strip mall, or venturing down an alleyway past a chain-link fence to encounter the Los Angeles Museum of Art.
Not to be confused with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the gleaming institution on Wilshire Boulevard, 10 miles to the west, this museum, known as LAMOA, is a hand-built, 13-foot-long wooden structure. It sits in a paved yard near a small cluster of art studios in Eagle Rock, a neighborhood where many artists live and work. When visitors arrive, the museum’s founder and sole staff member, the sculptor Alice Könitz, greets them with a friendly wave.
“There’s a scale difference” between LAMOA and other L.A. museums, Könitz explained, with considerable understatement. “It’s, like, me running it, instead of hundreds of professionals.” As a result, Konitz adds, though LAMOA is public, “it’s also really private.” Read More.
A Korean filmmaker has been appointed full-time professor at Harvard University.
Gina Kim, a film director active in the U.S., was made professor in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, Massachusetts, on Friday.
Kim is known for her work not only as a director but also as a documentary filmmaker and academic.
Her films explore issues such as gender, race, and diaspora. They also contain elements of Korean culture.
Kim’s works include “Gina Kim’s Video Diary,” which was completed in 2002, “Never Forever” (2007); “Invisible Light” (2003); and “Faces of Seoul” (2009). “Gina Kim’s Video Diary” became one of her most noted documentaries. Read More.
Stripping Away Artifice with Photographer Christofer Dierdorff
It's not your average photographer that consults with perceptual psychologists and physicists to hone a technique. But then again, Christofer Dierdorff is not your everyday shooter. Indeed, having created memorable portraits of some of the world's most celebrated people, from President Bill Clinton and David Hockney to Julia Child and Maya Angelou, the 60-year-old has a decidedly swoon-worthy portfolio.
Dierdorff's large-scale color portraits (30x40 and 40x50 inches), though, are strictly non-commercial, made only for exhibition as fine art. "It's not my intent to run off to TMZ and sell these things," he says. "The intent is to create them as art."
And art they are. While Dierdorff calls them "confrontational portraits," because they're often uncomfortable to look at due to their size and perspective, he has found a unique way to capture someone's spirit in a remarkably visceral way. Read More.
Quahog Corner App-Show raises over $29K on Kickstarter
Emmy-nominated creative duo, John Sullivan and Andrew Rapo, successfully completed their Kickstarter campaign for Quahog Corner, the App-Show™ they are creating. Their first Kickstarter campaign is a success. John Sullivan and Andrew Rapo just completed a 45-day Kickstarter campaign that exceeded their $25,000 goal and raised over $29,000. The Emmy-Nominated creative duo will use the funds to complete the first season of their innovative App-Show™, Quahog Corner.
Quahog Corner is a new show for kids that takes full advantage of tablet technology. The show is designed specifically for iPad and Android tablets and will provide fun games and drawing lessons in addition to adventure-filled video episodes. The show’s characters include Capt. Salty - a master storyteller, Professor Ticonderoga - and expert drawing teacher and victorian-era adventurer, The Magical Maestro - a miniature musician in a box, as well as a host of colorful sea creatures and puppets. Read more.
'Only the Young' on PBS, a tender look at a trio of teens
In the sweet, heartbreaking and highly accomplished "Only the Young," premiering Monday as part of the PBS documentary series "POV," twentysomething Cal Arts alumni Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims return to the Santa Clarita Valley to make a film about teenagers in a distressed place and time -- and the pockets of beauty and relief they find there.
The trio of Kevin, Garrison and Skye are their intertwined subjects, skateboarding, punk-rock churchgoers in Black Flag and Minor Threat T-shirts. (Kevin and Garrison are best friends; Garrison and Skye are an on-and-off couple; Kevin and Skye kissed once.) Tippet and Mims follow them through breakups and reconciliations, pledges and changes of allegiance, radical haircuts and hair colors, from Halloween to Christmas to Valentine's to graduation day. Read More.
Women and The Art of Mentorship – The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company’s CHIME program spotlights mentorship as an essential tool in creativity
When modern choreographer Margaret Jenkins returned to her native San Francisco in 1970, she founded her own dance company. Producing work was not her focus. Instead, she wanted to raise the quality of dance in San Francisco by mentoring others. Her teaching goals have been centered on the idea that mentorship and collaboration is at the center, not the fringes, of creativity. She also promotes the idea that this type of learning can, and possibly should, be done outside the academic environment, thus creating a less structured and restrictive atmosphere for artists. In 2004, Jenkins teaching philosophy regarding mentorship and collaboration were funneled into a program called Choreographers In Mentoring Exchange (CHIME) which was initially created to serve choreographers in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2008, CHIME expanded to Southern California and in 2010 CHIME Across Borders was created to foster exchange nationally and internationally. Read More.
A recent MFA graduate of CalArts, artist Chandler McWilliams examines the scrutiny that every art student endures- the critique.
The group critique has taken on a nearly mythological status as the centerpiece of the contemporary MFA program. As such it is occasionally attacked as pompous, ineffective, or futile. Its detractors suggest that a crit is nothing but a rhetorical game played by participants with no real stake in the work of their peers. If this really is the case, then why does the critique persist? Is it nothing more than an art school version of hazing? Or could it, under the best conditions, offer something to the participants that cannot otherwise be gained?
The standard experience of a work of art—bracketing for the time the new normal of clicking through photographic documentation online—is in a gallery or museum, in silence, perhaps sharing a few hushed comments with a friend. But more than anything the experience is fast. Works that don’t catch one up right away are passed over, while more interesting pieces are mulled over for a few minutes. Occasionally some may ask around about a piece or an artist in an attempt to gain further information, add some more context to the piece or learn more about a practice. Read More.
SALON TALK #1: A CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL NED HOLTE
Michael Ned Holte is a writer, curator, and professor of contemporary art history at CalArts; along with Connie Butler, he is the co-curator of the upcoming LA biennial Made in LA, which will take place at the Hammer Museum in 2014. Originally from southwest Wisconsin, Michael Ned Holte moved to LA in 1995. He got an MA in Art Theory and Criticism from Art Center in 2004, at the same time artists like Stephen G. Rhodes and Sterling Ruby were in grad school. When I first met him for a studio visit last fall, I had recently moved from Chicago to LA for grad school, and he made me feel welcome to the city by assuring me that there were great local communities of weirdo/artist/musician/mutants to get to know and become part of. I invited him back to Mutant Salon for this interview in June, where we discussed teaching, studio visits, writing, the next Made in LA exhibition and catalogue, his book Proper Names (from Golden Spike Press), and how ultimately he hopes to help artists articulate what they do. Read More.