Saturday, July 7 | 6–9pm
Tuesdays - Sundays | noon - 6pm or intermission
REDCAT: For their first major solo exhibition in the United States, Berlin-based artists Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda further an ongoing inquiry into the systems that underlie processes and contexts of social exchange. Read more
CalArts, Bijou Theater
FILM/VIDEO: Betzy Bromberg, Program Director and Faculty Member, Program in Film and Video, will show and discuss Divinity Gratis (1996, 60 min, 16mm, color/sound) and other work.
An opus to the evolution of civilization.
"Divinity Gratis... explores time and space, starting at the beginning of the world, with molten rock and water in sequences that are exquisite in their sensuousness. Bromberg's ability to meld ideas and images is perhaps best exemplified in this work, which is truly breathtaking in its conceptual sweep. One line seems to unify the film - a voice repeats on the soundtrack, "A girl, blind from birth, saw the flash." The flash references an atomic blast, and thus links the film's beginning section, which is all about origins, and the film's suggestion of apocalypse, death and the infinite sweep of time."
- Holly Willis, LA Weekly
"An hour long and seven years in the making, Divinity Gratis locates personal experience and subjective vision in a history of the human species, culminating the technological revolutions that dominate the last years of the millennium. References to the atomic bomb and the moon landing, often incongruous or ironic, form a grid on which movement up from primeval elements through the appearance of animals and buildings to the modern city and the worlds of contemporary science and religion, culminating in a more lyrical section in which a young woman - Bromberg herself - is introduced into a condensed recapitulation of the whole film. Unconstrainedly eclectic and ranging freely among biological close-ups, museum dioramas, Gothic cathedrals, workers in the Los Angeles sex industries, and the Trinity Site on the White Sands Missile Range, where the first atomic bomb was tested, the imagery is almost all made over into the filmmaker's visual idiolect, where color, texture, and camera movement provide for a sensual improvisatory montage..."
- David James (2005), From The Most Typical Avant-Garde - History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles
An active filmmaker since 1976, Betzy Bromberg has presented work at the Museum of Modern Art, Harvard Film Archives, Anthology Film Archives, London’s National Film Theatre, and the Centre Pompidou, as well as numerous international film festivals.
Previous to becoming the Director of the Program in Film and Video at CalArts, Betzy Bromberg worked in the Hollywood special effects industry for many years as a supervisor and camerawoman for the production of optical effects in major motion pictures.
ART: The Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series kicks off with a "cook-on" with artists Jen Smith & David Thorne. Please join us for an evening of food and conversation, with a warm welcome to incoming students and in celebration of the new year.
Known for her music, zines, and involvement in the DIY culture, riot grrrl Jen Smith now runs her own catering business, Full Moon Pickles. She says, "I am an artist and a cook. I make pickles. These practices inform each other. I aim to negotiate a synthesis between my formal aesthetics, my social practice project of pickling, my day job as a caterer."
- Interview with Jen: http://www.chef-speak.com/Jen-Smith-of-Full-Moon-Pickles
- Jen's food blog: http://fullmoonpickles.blogspot.com/
David Thorne has collaborated with Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, and Katya Sander on the project 9 Scripts from a Nation at War for documenta 12. He currently produces videos, photographs, and installations with artist Julia Meltzer. Their past projects have centered on secrecy, history, and memory. Current works focus on the ways in which visions of the future are imagined, claimed, and realized or relinquished, specifically in relation to faith and global politics.
David is also known to be a fabulous cook, and runs the food space 'elysian' that hosts weekly "Night In" dinners. Check out the site: http://www.elysianla.com/
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: Visiting composer Amnon Wolman will present a concert of his electro-acoustic music from the last 10 years. Wolman has taught at Stanford, Northwestern and Brooklyn College. He is currently a professor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Art and a visiting professor at Harvard.
Saturday, September 15 | 6–9pm
Tuesday-Sunday | 12pm–6pm or Intermission
REDCAT: Rhode Island-based artist Tony Cokes’ Retro (Pop, Terror, Critique) is an ambitious new multichannel video installation that surveys the past 15 years of his work. Since the mid-1980s, Cokes has employed the medium of video to borrow and sample materials from high and low culture and reveal how race, gender and class are perceived through “representational regimes of image and sound.” Read more
MUSIC: The Percussion program presents visiting artist Mantra, as part of the Percussion Workshop class.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: The Composition program presents visiting artist Otomo Yoshihide, as part of the Experimental Sound Practices class.
CalArts, Bijou Theater
FILM/VIDEO: Suzan Pitt, faculty member, Program in Experimental Animation, will show and discuss VISITATION and other work.
(9 min, Digi Beta, 2011)
The animated film VISITATION unwinds through a dark landscape of unending life and death; steeped in the alchemical and inner dream life the film explores a black and white landscape of gothic figures who enact evolving metaphysical dramas. Surrealistic and strange, cast in grainy 16mm images, the film allows an imaginary glimpse within "an outer-world night”. . The visions in the film are summoned from the filmmaker's imagining of a mythical eternity, which is beautiful but fraught with pain, exposed by the ether voices and figures, which inhabit the eternal ballet beneath our consciousness.
VISITATION was animated by Suzan Pitt in her LA studio.
(24 min, 35mm, 2005)
“Tinged with elements of magic realism and Mexican culture, and told using vivid oil colors, American animation El Doctor is a dazzling, haunting and poignant evocation of a man's final moments.” - Chris Robinson, ANIMATION WORLD MAGAZINE
“Visually compelling…punchy and often shocking…images borrowed from Mexican folk art, it tells the story of an elderly doctor’s nightmarish final day on earth.” - The New York Times
... Suzan Pitt's "El Doctor," an endlessly fantastical night with a drunk Mexican doctor, reeling with him across a landscape of self-creating myth and folk-art riffs.” - New York Sun
(24 min, 35mm, 1995)
“…a brilliant psychological parable” - Anne Markowski, Boston Sojourner
“ Five years in the making, Suzan Pitt’s JOY STREET reaches back into 30’s cartoon archetypes to make a squeaky reanimated ashtray mouse the shamanic savior of a suicidal woman via a hallucinogenic rainforest trip. The music- Jazz Passenger Roy Nathanson’s updated swing arrangements- is as fascinating as the images, which expresses an impressive wide range of emotions.” - Richard Gehr, Village Voice
“Vivid, intriguing, and bizarre” - Caryn James, The New York Times
(20 min, 35mm, 1979)
“ASPARAGUS is a cel-animated psychodrama – MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON recast in the post-lysergic style of YELLOW SUBMARINE…daringly visualized…” - J. Hoberman, Village Voice
“ASPARAGUS clearly represents a major achievement of contemporary animated cinema. It is a measure of its audacity, profound honesty, and uncompromising personal vision that it begins with an act of defecation and ends with fellacio, metaphors in this instance of spent and renewed creative impulses.” - Amos Vogel, Film Comment
About Suzan Pitt
A retrospective of Suzan Pitt’s prize-winning animated films was recently presented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her films have been featured at many prestigious venues around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival, The New York Film Festival, The London Film Festival, the Ottawa International Animated Film Festival, Morelia International Film Festival, and the Image Forum Film Festival in Tokyo. Her film ASPARAGUS was recently honored by The International Association of Film Animation (ASIFA) as one of the 50 best animated films of the past half century. Her animated films have won many other prizes worldwide including first prize at the Atlanta Film festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Oberhausen Short Film Festival along with the International Critic's prize, winning Best Short Film at the Naples Film Festival and the GOLDEN GATE AWARD at the San Francisco International Film Festival, and First Prize for Animation at the Morelia International Film Festival, Ojai Film Festival, and many others. Pitt is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholar Award, three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Rockefeller Fellowship.
Sight and Sound/ Laura Allsop: old.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/featuresandinterviews/interviews/suzan-pitt.php
- EL DOCTOR (2006)
- Troubles The Cat (1996)
- Colors/Colores (1995)
- Bam Video (1990)
- The Damnation Of Faust (1988)
- Surf Or Die (1987)
- Big Time (1986)
- The Magic Flute (1983-93)
- Asparagus (1979)
- Jefferson Circus Songs (1973)
- Whitney Commercial (1973)
- Cels (1972)
- A City Trip (1972)
- Crocus (1971)
- Bowl, Theatre, Garden, Marble (1970)
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: The Concert Theater program presents visiting artist Akio Suzuki, as part of the Concert Theater class.
'The Commons' Lecture Series: Artist, Filmmaker and Writer Michelle Dizon presents 'Why Are They Looking At Me?'
CalArts, Tatum Lounge
CRITICAL STUDIES / INSTITUTE: "The Commons" Lecture Series is a yearlong series of talks, debates, and open discussions with prominent thinkers and artists curated and organized by alumni of the MA in Aesthetics and Politics, CalArts School of Critical Studies.
In this first session, artist, filmmaker and writer Michelle Dizon presents "Why Are They Looking At Me?" All schools are welcome to attend.
About Michelle Dizon
Artist, filmmaker, and writer, Michelle Dizon, was born and raised in Los Angeles as part of the Philippine diaspora. Her video installations, films, and writing focus on subjectivity as it intersects with the histories of colonialism and its legacies of immigration, diaspora, and globalization. Currently, she is at work on a feature-film and large-scale installation entitled Perpetual Peace that addresses US imperialism, militarization, globalization, and war in the Philippines. She is also revising a book entitled Vision in Ruins that explores visuality in an era of neoliberal globalization.
She has exhibited and lectured internationally at venues such as the Center for Feminist Studies in Zagreb, Croatia; Jeu de Paume in Paris, France; Caixaforum in Barcelona, Spain; Casa Asia in Madrid, Spain; Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark; Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manila, Philippines; Vargas Museum in Manila, Philippines; Para/Site Art Space in Hong Kong, China; Galleryloop in Seoul, Korea; Tate Modern in London, England; Human Rights Center in Berkeley, United States; CUE Art Foundation in New York, United States; Vox Populi in Philadelphia, United States; and REDCAT Gallery in Los Angeles, United States. She has received fellowships from the Human Rights Center, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the University of California Initiative for Research in the Arts, and the Fulbright Association.
Dizon is the Co-Chair of the Visual Art Program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and Visiting Faculty in the Photography and Media Program at the California Institute of the Arts. She earned an MFA in Art with emphasis in Interdisciplinary Studio from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric with designated emphases in Film and Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives and works between Los Angeles, California and Davao City, Mindanao.
"The Commons" Lecture Series
The series is an open forum for student-centered discussion and debate, opinion and exchange. What is "The Commons"—both at CalArts today, and more broadly in the fields of aesthetics and politics?
"The Commons" Lecture Series is independently curated and organized by Linette Park and Manuel Shvartzberg—alumni of CalArts MA in Aesthetics and Politics, a program that encourages new interrogations of the expanded field of the arts through readings of texts, artworks, group discussion and a rich calendar of public events. For more info, visit the MA in Aesthetics and Politics website.
ART: "Long's sculptures have explored the abstract autonomous art object as a psychological investigation into the nature self and others and have been made from diverse media such as coffee grounds, rubber and hair from Abraham Lincoln. He has collaborated with pop musicians such as Stereolab, Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo and with the renown choreographer Merce Cunningham. Since his relocation from NYC to LA Long's work has been inspired by the Los Angeles River which runs adjacent to his studio. Each year, after the furious flood season, a verdant and abundant growth of grasses, thickets, and trees emerges from the discarded office furniture, bedsprings, and shopping carts that get washed into the concrete channel providing a providing a dwelling for mallards, osprey, crayfish and heron. Captivated by the river and inspired by its unbiased intermingling of these elements, Long creates photographs, video and sculpture in and about the river and the myriad of imagery and meanings it offers. In 2005 he had a solo museum show at Site Sante Fe, NM where he exhibited these new works." (from http://art.ucr.edu/people/faculty/Long/)
- Check out his work: http://www.tanyabonakdargallery.com/artist.php?art_name=Charles Long
- Charles Long - Artforum 500 Words: http://artforum.com/words/id=30942
CalArts, Butler Building 4
CRITICAL STUDIES: Janice Lee is a writer, artist, editor, designer, curator, and scholar interested in the relationships between metaphors of consciousness and experimental narrative. Her work can be found in antennae, sidebrow, Action Yes, Joyland, Luvina, Everday Genius, elimae, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. She is the author of two highly acclaimed novels: KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Publishing, 2012), a multidisciplinary exploration of cyborgs, brains, and the stakes of consciousness; and Daughter (Jaded Ibis, May 2011). She also has several chapbooks: Red Trees, The Chronovisor Project (a collaboration with Laura Vena), Fried Chicken Dinner (Parrot/Insert Press, August 2012), and The Other Worlds (Eohippus Labs, June 2012). She currently lives in Los Angeles where she is Co-Editor of the online journal [out of nothing], Co-Founder of the interdisciplinary arts organization Strophe, Reviews Editor at HTMLGIANT, and Founder/CEO of POTG Design. Most recently, she was selected by John D’Agata as Black Warrior Review‘s Nonfiction Grand Prize Winner and she currently teaches at CalArts. When asked about whether her work contains a message for readers, Janice replied, "What really interests me is what happens when someone reads a text, and not just any text, but one that really affects them, changes them somehow. I’m interested in these changes, both conceptually speaking, but also physically, how these changes get manifested neurologically. I’m interested in introspection and the construction of a phenomenological self-model during reading, and in narrativization versus narrative."
CalArts, The Wild Beast - Open Door Concert
MUSIC: Curated by Aki Onda, the opening concert of the 2012-13 Wild Beast Concert Series presents pioneering Japanese artists renowned for their unique, interdisciplinary approaches to sound-based practices: Akio Suzuki, and the duo of Gozo Yoshimasu and Otomo Yoshihide. The performances will span an array of artistic disciplines including literature, sound art, conceptual performance, and improvisation—all converging around a theme of highly personalized, experimental approaches to sound perception, production, and presentation.
Sound artist Akio Suzuki will perform on a range of unique instruments including an ancient stone flute (iwabue) passed down through his family for many generations, and Analapos—an instrument he invented in the 1970s that creates echoes through the acoustic transmissions of a spiral cord stretched between two metal cylinders.
Experimental poet Gozo Yoshimasu will perform works utilizing his unique “vocalization” style of recitation, which relies upon a highly rhythmic delivery and intense vocal modulations. Yoshimasu will perform in collaboration with Otomo Yoshihide, an experimental guitarist/turntablist and leading international figure in the fields of contemporary noise and improvisation.
The Voices and Echoes tour will span five venues: Time-Based Art Festival (Portland, OR); The Wild Beast at CalArts (Valencia, CA); Vancouver New Music (Vancouver, BC); Nameless Sound (Houston, TX); and two performances at ISSUE Project Room (Brooklyn, NY). In addition to six performances, the touring musicians will also present workshops and lectures. Read more
Register to attend
The "Voices and Echoes" North American tour is organized by ISSUE Project Room and Aki Onda. The project is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program and Asian Cultural Council.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: Mid-residency MFA Performer-Composer recital combining beat-driven, synthetically based electronic compositions with organic instruments.
ART: Can Design End a War?
Carol A. Wells is an art historian, curator, and founding director of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), an educational and research archive with more than 80,000 domestic and international social movement posters from the 19th century to the present. Wells has produced more than 75 poster exhibitions which have travelled to over 300 venues throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her articles on political graphics have appeared in numerous publications and catalogues, including Peace Press Graphics 1967-1967: Art in the Pursuit of Social Change, which Wells co-edited as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Initiative. In 2010, Wells received the first Wally Marks Pursuit of Change Award from FACTS (Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes), and in 2011, she received the Avery Clayton Spirit Award from L.A. as Subject.
REDCAT: The sublime 16mm films of Los Angeles experimentalist Timoleon Wilkins trace their roots to the romantic and diaristic traditions of the American avant-garde. Making a virtue of working on the edge of celluloid history, he is among a handful of cinematographers still using reversal film. Read more
ART: Avery Gordon is Professor of Sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara and Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Center for Research Architecture, Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is the author of Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination 2nd ed. (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) Keeping Good Time: Reflections on Knowledge, Power and People (Paradigm Publishers 2004), and the co-editor of Mapping Multiculturalism (University of Minnesota Press, 1996) and Body Politics (Westview 1994). Her work focuses on radical thought and practice and over the last several years, she has been writing about imprisonment, war and other forms of dispossession and how to eliminate them. Recent publications have appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, Race & Class, PMLA, and other collections. Since 1997, Gordon has co-hosted “No Alibis,” a weekly public affairs radio program on KCSB 91.9 FM Santa Barbara. She is also the Keeper of the Hawthorne Archives.
- Avery's recent project in documenta 13: http://www.americanacademy.de/home/program/past/workhouse-room-2
CalArts, Bijou Theater
FILM/VIDEO: Lee Anne Schmitt, faculty member, Film Directing Program, will show and discuss California Company Town.
"Schmitt’s work is a direct illustration of the connection between the personal and the political, and illuminates the strains created by the many inequities found within America’s political and economic systems." The Viennale
CALIFORNIA COMPANY TOWN (76 min., color, 16mm, 2008)
“The twenty-odd towns that Schmitt profiles appear as they really are—as vacant buildings, abandoned graveyards, warning signs, and tourist spectacles; as spaces where marginal inhabitants move under the muted blue-gray of polluted skies… Accompanied by Schmitt’s earnest narration, these images quickly become an essay on privatized land ownership, the failure of cooperative labor, the effects of industrial fallout on the environment, and, underlying it all, the American dream. Recounting facts and using archival film and audio, the artist cautiously fleshes out short, contained narratives to hang on the bones of each town.” —Catherine Taft, Art Forum
History is always marked upon the land, a process made remarkable in California, a state whose very geography has been re-charted to serve specific uses. While sold as an open space, a limitless land expansive with free opportunity, California was actually, from its beginning, fissured by the interwoven needs of private and state interests. The reality of our world was born out of very specific moments and choices, a construction that is neither organic nor inevitable. California Company Town by Lee Anne Schmitt, is a portrait of the infringement of corporate ideology in the logic of everyday life. It casts a probing, clear-eyed gaze at the landscape of California towns abandoned by the industries that created them—onetime boom-towns now haunted by the twilight of the American promise.
The film premiered at the REDCAT theater in Los Angeles in 2008; it went on to screen in over 45 festivals worldwide, including the Rotterdam Film Festival, Marseilles International Documentary Festival, The Documentary Fortnight at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Full Frame Documentary Festival, Buenos Aires Festival International Festival of Independent Cinema, and the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival.
Lee Anne Schmitt is a writer and director of essay films and performances, work that exists in the juncture between fiction and documentary. A versatile multidisciplinary artist whose practice extends from film and performance to photography and writing, she creates evocative, deeply felt works that consider everyday elements of American life as cultural ritual, including a series of cinematic investigations of the intersections of landscape with personal memory (Las Vegas, 2000), with the history of the American Left (Awake and Sing, 2003), and with urban development (The Wash, 2005).
Interested in the politics of space, as expressed in the specific medium of film, her work often relies on the union of image and text, and the disparities between the phenomena and meaning each present.
Her film and video work has screened internationally, at venues that include the Museum of Modern Art in New York, SF MOMA, The Cinema du Reel at the George Pompidou Center in Paris, Anthology Film Archives in New York, and the Pacific Film Archives in San Francisco.
- The Last Buffalo Hunt (co-dir Lee Lynch) (78 min.,16mm and video, 2011)
- The Wash (co-dir Lee Lynch) (20 min., super8 film, 2008)
- Awake and Sing (42 min., 16mm, 2003)
- Nightingale (14 min, 16mm, 2002)
- Las Vegas (7 Minutes, video, 2000)
- Jumping Portrait (8 min., video, 2000)
- Rise and Shine (16 min, video, 2000)
Featuring a special screening of his classic films
Remarks by John Lasseter (BFA Film/Video ’79)
Chief Creative Officer, Pixar & Disney Animation Studios
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012
Reception immediately following
REDCAT/Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater
631 West Second Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Proceeds to benefit the Joe Ranft CalArts Alumni Scholarship Fund and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
Parking is available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Garage.
CalArts, Langley Hall
CRITICAL STUDIES: Three CalArts students have joined team Caltech in this year's upcoming International Genetically Engineered Machine competition. This Thursday they will present the animations and discuss the novelty of animating on a living screen. They will show petri dishes containing e. coli bacteria genetically modified to glow on exposure to projected light. These luminescent proteins were derived from jellyfish found off the California coast.
This event is free and open to the public. Contact Douglas Goodwin for more information: email@example.com.
ART: "To generate support for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles ... disseminate information on the current crisis and discuss options."(from http://mocamobilization.org/)
Artists Diana Thater & Cindy Bernard will discuss the history and formation of their organization, MOCA Mobilization. Join us for a roundtable discussion concerning the recent changes at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The event will consider our roles as students and emerging artists in the state of this new MOCA, what we can do to instigate change, and and how we can shape the future landscape of art in L.A. We have also invited former MOCA board members and staff, along with CalArts alumni and faculty to be part of this important conversation.
- Read the article in the LATimes about their latest efforts: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-moca-mobilization-back-in-action-20120724,0,3257796.story
- And follow updated the issues and articles via their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MocaMobilization
Join us for a special sneak preview 3D screening of:
A film by Tim Burton
to benefit the Joe Ranft CalArts Alumni Scholarship Endowment at CalArts.
Established in memory of animator Joe Ranft, CalArts alumnus and the first head of story at Pixar. Established in 2005 by David and Nancy Bossert, the scholarship supports theater and animation students at CalArts.
- Check-in: 6 pm / Screening: 7 pm
- $50 - general seating
- $100 - reserved seating
Walt Disney Studio Theater
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, California 91521
Entrance and Parking are at the gate on Buena Vista Street.
Space is limited. Click here to purchase tickets. For any questions, please call 661 253-7727.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: Chamber orchestra delights ranging from 1727-2011. Organic windmill(ing) provided by Ryan Bäncroft, and featuring bass baritone Sean Fitzpatrick.