Los Angeles, Calif. – CELEBRATE with Freewaves and the artists the completion of “SEE CHANGE,” 2 groundbreaking video installations featuring 27 original, site-specific artworks, located in the lower-level arrivals hall of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, permanently accessible to the public.
The reception, on Saturday, June 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. is free and open to the public. Parking will be validated.
“SEE CHANGE” includes 2 large-scale displays: a 58-screen, 90-foot linear video filmstrip is suspended from the ceiling, and a 25-screen media wall. The installations provide 4 hours of original programming.
Video Wall Programming by Jon 9
Public media arts consultant and curator Anne Bray
Sponsored by LAX and City of L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs
- The 17 artists’ featured works:
Patty Chang and Noah Klersfeld/Current
Seoungho Cho/City of Light
Felipe Dulzaides/Taking Chances
Todd Gray and Joseph Santarromana/Intersect
Ryan Lamb/Five-Dimensional Parade
Chip Lord/To & From LAX
Esther Mera and John Reed/Crossroads
Paul Rowley and David Phillips/Local Time
Steve Shoffner/Cloud 29
Caspar Stracke/Cities Out of Cities
People, SoCal objects, nature and places are the artists’ subjects. Half of them are from L.A. and some of them refer specifically to L.A. but all considered the factors: airport, waiting, and international travelers. The videos range from meditative to chaotic from heavily montaged to linearly documentary, and from digitally manipulated to hand drawn animations.
Artists, engineers, curators, administrators and a programmer negotiated over 7 years to make this complex system come to life. Each artist took this colossal opportunity in a different direction; yet each explored the arena between space and time (3d to 4d), compressing or expanding “real time” of human eyes.
Trillions of pixels swim around the 80+ synchronized TV screens of video art at LAX. These many screens’ significant advantage over one screen is their accent on differences. Different images side by side beg for comparison. Difference is their norm.
The modernists’ decisive moment has been replaced by many moments often from different angles, like from different window seats in a plane. Are you looking from the point of view of travelers, greeters, airport managers or cleaners? The multiple monitors of related images ask viewers to compare and contrast frames unconsciously. How they differ hints at artists’ intentions. Some present micro-changes between frames asking one to analyze subtle variations in nature, specific neighborhoods and distant cities. How similar are they? The meaning inhabits their differences, for example, are we careening around the world or spying on one patch of nature?
The results remind us that motion is the blend of time and space. Categories can be blurrier than we think. Chance might play a role. The frames’ relationships show how far in time or space we have moved. Which place or time is right? Can they both or neither tell the truth? Can we separate them to see each independently? How many truths are there? Come to LAX to find out!