See Change, moving image art by 17 artists
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) conceived and produced See Change, a groundbreaking video art installation located in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX Airport. The permanent, multi-faceted installation features 28 site-specific media artworks and four hours of original programming. The installation includes two large-scale displays, designed to enhance the arrival area’s ambience: a 58-screen, 90-foot linear video filmstrip is suspended from the ceiling, and a 25-screen media wall that borders the terminal’s dining area. Located in the terminal’s arrival hall, See Change is accessible to the general public daily from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Monika Bravo, New York, NY
Filmed in the lapse of five years, moving images of crowds in public spaces are distorted through a lens; treated as a canvas, the video format is then cut and pasted weaving layers of different periods and places resulting in a color field composition of intervals of time within a space.
Monika Bravo, born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1964, has lived and worked in New York since 1994. In her work, she utilizes imagery, sound, industrial materials and technology to create illusions of recognizable landscapes and environments that examine the notion of space/time as a measure of reality.
Patty Chang and Noah Klersfeld, New York, NY
Filmed in the baggage handling area of LAX, two kaleidoscopic videos play back-to-back. First, 25 screens show the repeated image of a houseplant traveling on conveyor belts from the check-in counter to the baggage sorter. Then, the 25 screens simultaneously show 25 different versions of that journey. Order sits beside chaos.
Patty Chang is well known for her performative works dealing with themes of gender, sexuality, language, and empathy. Noah Klersfeld is an artist and architect whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Chang and Klersfeld are based in New York.
Seoungho Cho, New York, NY
Title: City of Light
From the desert to the sea and back again, the southwestern landscape glitters, glides, and flickers across the panoramic screens. Incandescent light and sunlight compete, while time and space interchange moments in everyday life.
Seoungho Cho was born in 1959 in Pusan, South Korea, and currently resides in New York. Cho uses digital image processing techniques to manipulate simple, everyday objects, scenes or landscapes into highly lyrical sound and image collages. His videos are often very painterly in their use of rich, saturated color and exquisite composition of the space on the screen.
Felipe Dulzaides, San Francisco, CA
Title: TAKING CHANCES
In a montage of moments, the artist tosses and simultaneously records a roll of toilet paper at play with the wind. Felipe Dulzaides presents video as a readymade art object, while simultaneously creating a drawing in space, referencing early phenomenological video art, and staging chance and precarity on an unused platform atop a seaside mountain.
Dulzaides is a San Francisco-based artist working in a variety of media, including performance-based videos and photography. His work mixes autobiographical experiences and actions with an allegorical resonance, with an underlying poetic sensibility.
Todd Gray and Joseph Santarromana, Los Angeles, CA
For the arrival area of the terminal, these artists recorded a large database of diverse Angelinos who meet and greet each other via bows, nods, smiles, handshakes, hugs and kisses, which the artists have programmed so viewers can see both the similarities and differences.
Todd Gray is a professor of photography and digital imaging at California State University, Long Beach. His work explores and transmogrifies his experience of pop culture and imagery into a dark and conceptually challenging vision.
Joseph Santarromana has been creating single-channel videos, video installations, performance, and digital imagery since 1990. His work is biographical, addressing the perception and construction of identities.
Kurt Hentschläger, Chicago, IL
A camera studiously yet magically pans 360 degrees around a grassy marsh and pond, both in close up and a more distant view. The two are surreally composited together, slowly blurring time and space.
Chicago-based Austrian artist Kurt Hentschläger creates performances and environments. The immersive nature of his work reflects on the metaphor of the sublime and the human condition.
Louis Hock, San Diego, CA
Video taken from cruises down dozens of Los Angeles residential streets are woven into a video fabric of diverse homes and communities. Heard in their native languages, people answer the question, “What makes your house a home?” with English text translations appearing on the screens.
Louis Hock's work includes films, video tapes, and media installations. He teaches at the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, California.
Hilja Keading, Los Angeles, CA
Children leap into a swimming pool of reflections. Once submerged, folkloric images from Los Angeles’ many subcultures appear to float through the children’s and viewers’ real and imagined spaces.
Los Angeles-based artist Hilja Keading examines intersections between the psychology of the self and comedy, and the symbolic versus the literal "real." Her multi-channel installations have been exhibited in several definitive exhibitions, including the Getty's "California Video" exhibition in 2008.
Ryan Lamb, Ventura, CA
Title: Five-Dimensional Parade
“Five-Dimensional Parade” uses amateur 8mm film footage from the 1960 Rose Parade which has been multiplied, offset, and recombined to represent a spatial, rather than a linear, progression. Time is manipulated by allowing each moment in the video to occur and reoccur without end, as a continuous whole that can travel across an infinite number of monitors.
Ryan Lamb, a native of Southern California, received his M.F.A. in Sculpture and New Genres from Claremont Graduate University, and his work includes performance, sculpture, photography, and video.
Chip Lord, San Francisco, CA
Title: To & From LAX
Footage from airports around the world represents the global network and reflects the travel patterns to and from LAX. From amongst the universal spaces of travel emerge the emotions of greeting, boredom, and excitement as twenty-five destinations are represented.
Chip Lord is a media artist who works with video and photography, and his work straddles documentary and experimental genres, often mixing the two. As a member of Ant Farm [1968-1978] he produced the video art classics Media Burn and The Eternal Frame. He is a Professor Emeritus in the Film and Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Megan McLarney, Brooklyn, NY
Vast natural and man-made landscapes are closely examined with a stationary camera. The quiet environments provide moments of meditative reflection on our rapidly changing environment.
Megan McLarney is a video and photo artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work documents both the natural and man-made landscape, constructing a panoramic view that allows us to see what may have previously been overlooked.
Esther Mera and John Reed, Houston, TX
Title: Crossroads, music by Bartok.es
Short vignettes of a child swinging, birds landing on wires, and fish scurrying under water all infer transitions. The natural above ground and below ground co-exist, metamorphose, and grow complex together.
Esther Mera is an artist with a wide range of expertise in the production of site-specific installations. Her work, usually of architectural proportions, explores ways to construct paradoxical spaces.
John Reed is a multi-disciplinary artist who utilizes his broad background of engineering and technical training to fabricate large-scale sculptures and public works. Based in Houston, Mera and Reed have been collaborating on artistic projects since 2002.
Paul Rowley and David Phillips, New York, NY
Title: Local Time
Familiar analogue clocks are digitally animated to mimic the movement of old arrival info boards at airports and train stations. Colorful, formal patterns flip and flutter displaying multiple ways of viewing time by locals and disoriented travelers from many time zones.
Dublin-born Paul Rowley and Memphis-born David Phillips are New York-based artists working primarily with film, video, and sound. They have exhibited their work in galleries, museums, and festival screenings. In 2000, they were awarded the Glen Dimplex Artists’ Award, the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s annual contemporary art prize, and their short video “Suspension” was recognized by the San Francisco International Film.
Steve Shoffner, Los Angeles, CA
Title: Cloud 29
Twenty-nine monitors become 29 airplane windows through animation. Wondrously viewers peer out and see morphing clouds that appear like everyday objects, animals, and other forms drawn from one’s image bank. Observant viewers might see a woman's high heel transform into Whistler's Mother, who eventually grows a tail and becomes a kangaroo.
Steve Shoffner is an artist and designer based in Los Angeles. He is the founder of fefifolios, a design lab creating online portfolios for artists and galleries. His Looking Glass series are interactive installations that combine performance and video inspired by everyday peculiarities and humorous scenarios where technology leaves viewers bewildered and disconnected.
Pascual Sisto, Los Angeles, CA
Swarms of red and white particles appear like slow motion confetti surging and retreating in unison. As they grow larger and clearer, the cumulative mass of garden chairs, juicers, gas tanks, coolers, and plastic bottles present glamorized throwaways, and then drift into abstraction again.
Raised in Barcelona, Spain, Pascual Sisto received his M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions include the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, the Centre d’Art Santa Monica, and the Internet Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Scott Snibbe, San Francisco, CA
A cross-section of humanity in silhouette files deliberately past on route to unknown destinations. Momentarily, each bursts into dance while dragging luggage, talking on the phone, or greeting others.
Scott Snibbe is an artist, filmmaker, and researcher in social interactivity. His artwork is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art. He holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from Brown University, and he studied experimental animation at the Rhode Island School of Design. Snibbe has published numerous articles and academic papers, and holds more than a dozen patents.
Caspar Stracke, Brooklyn, NY
Title: Cities are being built out of Cities – Los Angeles out of Mexico City, London out of New Delhi, Hong Kong out of Istanbul, 2008-2010
Six international metropolises are composited into each other in giant moving mosaic patterns. The cities' images are "rebuilt" out of visual material from another city, consisting of 5000 tiles. Each tile displays unique elements of a particular city (its residents, food stands, trams and buses) creating cultural amalgamations.
Caspar Stracke is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker from Germany who currently resides in New York. He is an active member of THE THING, a New York-based nexus for net culture, and a co-director of video_dumbo, a festival for contemporary video art in New York City, co-presented by the Dumbo Arts Center.
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