Freewaves Archive Launch Party at LA Weekly’s Artopia

Date: 13 Apr 2015 /
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Freewaves Archive Launch Party at LA Weekly’s Artopia

Civic Statues Unfrozen for One Hour: Clothed Women and Unarmed Men
Thursday, April 30th 2015, from 8 to 11 p.m. at The Container Yard in DTLA


This event celebrates the launch of, a publicly accessible online environment encouraging the making, sharing, and dialogue of new video art, featuring over 400 video art pieces from around the world. This archive functions as an articulation of digital public space, as well as a tutorial on media art curation and a means of expanding the curatorial community for personal expression.

Freewaves presents Civic Statues Unfrozen for One Hour: Clothed Women and Unarmed Men, as part of this year’s LA Weekly’s Artopia, at the Container Yard in DTLA, on Thursday, April 30th, from 8pm-11pm.

The program is a 40 minute loop of two channels of 15 international artists’ recent short videos selected by Anne Bray, Director of Freewaves in Los Angeles, highlighting a featured selection of Freewaves Archive videos.

From quiet inquiries to over-the-top intensities, these works look at our communal activities from numerous angles, beholding the public conditions surrounding us: Living sculpture – Swapping semiotics – Historical roots – Dog catching – Working simultaneously on desktop and in Dubai – Subway reveries – Surveillance overkill – Slo mo martyrdom – Digital Graffiti – and Boarder Guardian. Public reconvenes with private.

Civic Statues Unfrozen for One Hour: Clothed Women and Unarmed Men, 2 channel video program curated for Moscow Film Festival, K-PST online, New Orleans Film Festival, Chela in Buenos Aires, 1830 and Artopia in Los Angeles.

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Tto RSVP, check out the event page on Facebook.

Thursday, April 30th, 8-11 pm
The Container Yard
800 E 4th st. Los Angeles, CA 90013

Long Live LA 2015

Date: 23 Feb 2015 /
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Special viewing and short panel discussion



Freewaves has commissioned a group of discerning artists to create short videos addressing mental health issues, addictions and fitness. Using a variety of styles, narratives, images and sound, the artists have produced a total of 30 original short videos called Long Live LA. Artists include: Kim Abeles and Ken Marchionno with Dorsey High School, Wesley Groves, Antonio Ogaz, Christina Pierson and Yoshie Sakai, Public Matters with students from Community Health Advocates School at Augustus Hawkins High School, and Kent Yoshimura.

A catered public reception and special viewing will take place on Wednesday, March 18 from 7 to 9 pm at Mercado La Paloma, located at 3655 S. Grand Ave. L.A. 90007, courtesy of Esperanza. The evening will feature a brief panel discussion about how artists can contribute to the public dialogue about mental health with Lourdes Caracoza and Diego Rodrigues from Alma Family Services and the 6 artist teams. A second viewing will take place on Thursday, April 2, 2015, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Armory Center for the Arts 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103.

The videos will be on view in waiting rooms and websites of community health clinics. They will be available online at: and can be embedded via Vimeo at

Freewaves commissioned Long Live LA with funding from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation as part of the organization’s ongoing initiative to bring media art to the public.

Wednesday, March 18, 7-9 pm
Mercado La Paloma
3655 S. Grand Ave. L.A. 90007
Free and open to the public
Thursday, April 2, 6-8 pm
Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. 91103.
Free and open to the public


Relax Mobile Anxiety

Date: 29 Dec 2014 /
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Video Installation by Pascual Sisto as part of the Los Angeles Art Show

At LAAS 2015, Volvo Cars of North America has collaborated with Freewaves to highlight the work of Pascual Sisto, an artist living in Los Angeles and representing the digital edge of contemporary art.  Freewaves has repeatedly shown his videos, including during How Can You Resist at the Hammer Museum and during Hollywould on the boulevard; as well as a permanent piece in the Bradley Terminal at LAX’s See Change in the International Arrivals area. Shown at the LA ART SHOW are his video installation Push/Pull (my luck is your misfortune) and latest video works on monitors from his Expanded Series. Sisto has created a site specific multimedia installation inside the booth to function as expanded environment in which to experience the connections between the two works.

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Pascual Sisto
Push/Pull (my luck is your misfortune)

Two video projections face each other in a darkened room. A never-ending, tunnel-like flow of automobiles passes from one screen to the other, approaching in white and receding in red. These opposing, kaleidoscopic images create a suspended state for the viewer, neither coming nor going, in the space in between. These seductive automobiles that overwhelm L.A. are complemented with digitally enhanced plants, tranquil in the aftermath. The video animations, printed carpet and custom painted set walls match the color and patterns of the plants to allure viewers into an expanded synthetic environment. The photographic and the synthetic co-mingle, asking the viewer to sort the realities from the forgeries so easily combined.


Pascual Sisto
Expanded Video Series

About Pascual Sisto

Pascual Sisto is an internationally recognized artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Highlights of his recent noteable international commissions include: a commission by Michael Tilson Thomas, former conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, to create a unique video scenography for the New World Symphony in Miami; a commission by architect Thom Mayne to create multiple video works at the Centre Pompidou; and a commission by the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department to create a permanent installation of 29-channel video at LAX airport.

Recent other exhibitions include: Smart Objects (Los Angeles), Five Car Garage (Los Angeles), Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena), Prism Gallery (Los Angeles), Garage Projects at the 54th Venice Biennale  (Venice) and Seventeen Gallery (London). Sisto holds a BFA from Art Center College of Design and a MFA from UCLA. In 2011 he was selected to attend the summer residency in Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was the recipient of the 2012 California Community Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship.

Thursday, January 15, 2015. 11am-7pm
Friday, January 16, 2015. 11am-7pm
Saturday, January 17, 2015. 11am-7pm
Sunday, January 18, 2015. 11am-5pm
Los Angeles Convention Center
South Hall J and K, 1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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

Date: 08 Dec 2014 /
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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:



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




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.

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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!