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Somewhere Between Here and Now at Hookah Lounge on Nov 20, 2014

Date: 08 Dec 2014 /
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SOMEWHERE BETWEEN HERE AND NOW
Curated and introduced by Suzy M. Halajian
A video screening & conversation
Produced by Freewaves
Thursday, November 20, 8-10 pm
Hollywood Hookah Lounge
6512 Hollywood Boulevard, LA 90028, next to LACE
As part of the Los Angeles / Islam Arts Initiative (LA/IAI)
Free Event

Freewaves presented Somewhere between here and now, an evening of video works and conversation curated by Suzy M. Halajian as part of LA/IAI. Artists included Basma Alsharif, Marwa Arsanios, Marwan Hamdan, Joe Namy, Christine Rebet, and anthropologist and filmmaker Joanne Nucho. LA/IAI was a first-of-its-kind city-wide initiative on Islamic Art.

As one of the concluding events of the LA/IAI series, Freewaves offered a situation cultivated for deep viewing and dialogue of artists’ videos exploring complex layered histories and locations far from Los Angeles, but seen daily through the news and media sources. Simple views of distant societies mask the multi-faceted, significant, and profound. History builds layers and angles on the famous corniches, common roadways, café lives, and nighttime paths. Raconteurs come out and tell their confidential stories, whether true or false.

Somewhere between here and now included:

Christine Rebet (Paris/New York) A Lullaby, 1:48, 2012
The screening starts with Rebet’s appropriation of John Cage’s A Lullaby (1993), mimicked by a parrot, whose recital strips the words of their specificity while urging the viewer to listen carefully to what is being said. The story begins.

Joe Namy (Beirut) Dive, 5:24, 2014
Facing the sea on a shimmering afternoon, young divers take their chances with each other, waves and choices over and over, resurfacing and disappearing, diving, and climbing.

Marwan Hamdan (Beirut/Amsterdam) Separation Anxiety, 16:46, 2013
A disapproved marriage between a Christian and Muslim is personally conveyed and compared to larger divisions: the Communist Revolution, the Green Zone of Beirut, and the Berlin Wall.

Basma Alsharif (Los Angeles/Paris) Farther Than the Eye Can See, 12:56, 2012
A departure is retold forward and backward and in multiple languages to re-assess the facts, sequence, and significance from manifold positions.

Marwa Arsanios (Beirut) Have You Ever Killed a Bear? or Becoming Jamila, 26:19, 2013-14
An actress recounts her questions while preparing to play a famous Algerian freedom fighter in a new film. The word “act” grows in its number of meanings and female import.

The 62-minute screening was followed by a 20-minute contextual talk with Joanne Nucho. She showed a clip of her work and then discussed visual strategies in which ethnographic video is a locus of conversation and creation that always includes the imaginary amongst reality.

To read curator’s statement, please see: http://laislamarts.org/events/somewhere-between-here-and-now-freewaves

 

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Image: Basma Alsharif (Los Angeles/Paris) Farther Than the Eye Can See, 12:56, 2012.

 

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About the LOS ANGELES / ISLAM ARTS INITIATIVE (LA/IAI):

Launching this fall, the Los Angeles / Islam Arts Initiative (LA/IAI) brings together nearly 30 cultural institutions throughout Los Angeles to tell various stories of traditional and contemporary art from multiple Islamic regions and their significant global diasporas. LA/IAI is the first-of-its kind, wide-scale citywide initiative on Islamic arts producing and presenting programming such as art exhibitions, panels, discussions, and performances.

Learn more here: http://laislamarts.org

 






How can art change the world TODAY?

Date: 29 Sep 2014 /
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Join us on Friday, October 10, at Side Street Projects

Freewaves, Anne Bray and the attendees of ArtNight Pasadena will collaborate to present a new kind of interactive public work exploring current attitudes towards art and world events. Freewaves’ videos by the following artists will be looped throughout Side Street Projects’ walls, screens, fences, and patio.

Can You See Me by Lisa Diane Wedgeworth
Re/Trato by Oscar Munoz
Look at Me by Willie Middlebrook
Odyssey by Zig Gron
Piccolina by Caress Reeves
Homing by Arjuna Neuman
Painting the Town by Megan May Daalder
Ass on the Street by Elana Mann
Art or Ads by Lisa Marr
Grapevine Landscan by Center for Land Use Interpretation
Game Over by Seyed Mohsen & Pourmehseni Shakib


Along side of Freewaves’ artist videos, Anne Bray and friends of Freewaves, Vera Makianich, Daniel Garcia and Cindy Ly Rozas will show micro projections on attendees and surfaces throughout Side Street Projects. Using micro handheld projectors, they will project video loops of 2 similarly spelled words with juxtaposed meanings onto the crowd as they watch the above artists’ videos.


The question is HOW CAN ART CHANGE THE WORLD TODAY? We encourage you to post answers on Twitter with the hashtag #questiontheprojection. All responses will be projected on Side Street’s back wall creating a communal feed of reactions. Stickers with social media handle and hashtag will be handed out






AD or ART?

Date: 06 Sep 2014 /
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Ad or Art
by Lisa Marr

Can you tell the difference between Ad or ART? WHAT IF we created a channel in public spaces that would bring videos by artists, organizations and students to people who are often served numbing media instead of relevant media?

Freewaves is ready to change the bus riders’ world by showcasing artists’, nonprofits’ and students’ videos to the 1,000,000 daily riders, but only with your help.

Change the world by voting for them HERE.






Voting is now OPEN! Ready, set, go!

Date: 02 Sep 2014 /
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WHAT IF artists, organizations, and commuters in Los Angeles could come together in collaboration and dialogue through a permanent platform for communication via video in public spaces?

Freewaves is ready to change the bus riders’ world by showcasing artists’, nonprofits’ and students’ videos to the 1,000,000 daily riders, but only with your help.

Change the world by voting for them HERE.






LA 2050 Grants Challenge

Date: 20 Aug 2014 /
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One of our current projects, Out The Window, places video art in the midst of busy commuting traffic on all of LA Metro Buses for over 1 million people to see.

Let’s create a place where artists, organizations, and communities can come together in collaboration and dialogue through a permanent platform showcasing video in public spaces.

Together we can make this happen with the LA2050 Grant Challenge.

Out The Window strives to:

  • Keep Art Moving
  • Connect artists with commuters
  • Create a multicultural, multi-aesthetic platform for the arts

Voting begins September 2, but the discussion is now open!

What do you think? Leave a comment on the DISCUSSION section at the bottom of the page to get the conversation going.

PLEASE VOTE! September 2nd through September 16th.  SPREAD THE WORD!