Performance

Tiffany Trenda: Body Code

Friday, February 15, 1pm and 8pm. Main Courtyard

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Body Code is a live performance that conceptually focuses on the human body's relationship to data. As a data-driven culture, we are more interested in the activity of scanning then to experience our surroundings. That is, we are no longer absorbing the details of our world. Instead, we have become obsessed with the act of looking at data without understanding it.

Body Code is a reaction to how the flesh body is disappearing through this virtual obsession of scanning. Twenty years ago the word “scan” defined an action of the body. Today it refers to how we interact with the screen: cell phone, ipads, and computer screens.

For more information about the artist, please visit her website.

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Guta Galli: O1 Extraordinary Ability Artist, 2019

Saturday, February 16, 3-6pm. West Courtyard

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How does immigration politics affect non-American artists?

This piece is part of a triad of performances about the encounter between immigration policies and the art world. For this performance, Galli will be inside a small, confined shipping container for 3 hours. In this enclosure, she will engage with the audience through a small hole while security cameras inside the crate will live stream. An artificial intelligence device will interfere with the images whenever someone approaches or physically interacts with the performer, playing with the paradoxes and ambiguities that shape the relationship between artist/audience.

For more information about the artist, please visit her website.

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Amy Kaps: Unraveled(in Black & White)

Sunday, February 17, 3-5pm. Starts at the Main Courtyard.

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Unraveled is literally the unfurling of over 2,000 ft of industrial flagging tape that begins as a "dress" worn by performance artist Amy Kaps and results in a trail marking her journey.  The route is dictated by the architecture, people and objects she encounters traveling through the space. Physically circulating, she welcomes conversation, photos and detours. In this seemingly simple act, she embodies a stylus and her trail appears like abstract drawings. Order, manifest in the form of a dress, is unraveled to reveal the human body unadorned. 

This performance is brought to us by the Lancaster Museum of Art and History. For more information about the artist, please visit her website.


Augmented Reality

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Jill Taffet

Portals, 2019: VIP Lounge

Silkscreen, Wood, AR Software 

Portals is an augmented reality installation. Wood disks silkscreened and painted with abstract biomorphic forms are dormant until viewers interact with their smartphones. The AR technology triggers the animations that gives the forms life and consciousness. Download the Artivive app ahead of time to enjoy the artwork at the fair!

For more information about the artist, please visit her website.

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Video

Alexander Reben

Cobblers, 2018. Main Courtyard Screen

Recent video piece from Alexander's "future of work" series consisting of people being paid to show hundreds of their shoes to an AI so it can learn what they are.

"Soon we will be working for the machines, doing the human things they can not, this video presents a piece of that near-future."

For more information about this project, click here, and for more information about this artist, please visit his website.

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Matthias Dorfelt

Heads in the Desert, 2016

Code, computer, projector, dimensions variable

Heads in the Desert is a fast-paced animation of abstract head drawings that are quickly morphing into each other. The animation is computer generated in real-time and never repeats.

For more information about the artist please visit his website.


Installation

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James Shefik: 2nd floor, west wing

1st Strike  53” x 50” x 8” 2018   wood, paint, lightbulbs

The vintage faux neon signs reimagines a post WWII America led by an incurious, inarticulate, and petty leader, as opposed to the forward thinking alliance builders that brought us the Marshall Plan, NATO, and the UN.


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Venice Arts: Throughout the hallways of the hotel

Photography

Venice Arts, the arts non-profit dedicated to transforming the lives of Los Angeles’ low-income youth through photography, will mount a series of black and white photos in the public areas of the hotel. The printing of the student’s work will be done with the help of POVEvolving, the DTLA fine art printer who has kindly donated their services for the project.

For more information about Venice Arts, please visit their website.


Panel Discussions

// Saturday, February 16

1pm: Augmented Reality in Art: A Conversation between Jill Taffet and Camila Magrane

Artists Jill Taffet and Camila Magrane will be speaking about the union of art and technology and how they use new technologies such as AR/VR and Projection Mapping to engage audiences in compelling and thought provoking ways. They will be discussing their reasons for using technology and interactivity in their work and the creative decisions they make throughout their processes.  

2:30pm: Alexander Reben: Human-Machine Collaboration and Artificial Intelligence

As artificial intelligence makes its appearance as a powerful art-making tool, where do humans come into the equation? Alex will discuss the implications of AI within the contexts of synthetic psychology and artificial philosophy, including a screening of his recent AI generated TED talk performance: "Five Dollars Can Save Planet Earth".

4pm: Artists Taking Charge of Their Business

Moderator: Shana Nys Dambrot, Arts Editor, LA Weekly

The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists (CHF) is a nonprofit organization that champions economic sustainability for working artists. CHF has organized this panel to discuss how artists can take charge of their business in today’s art market. With gallery disintermediation, social media, and other modern concerns, how can artists take advantage of new ways to reach collectors, show their work, and run their art business to maximize both their vision and their bottom line? Panelists iclude: Steve Pruneau, CHF Board member; Gregg Chadwick, CHF Fellow; Sean Broithier, CEO, Pixels.com; Jabu, Pixels.com’s “Art My Way” series artist
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5:30pm: Lezley Saar and Peter Frank in Conversation

Lezley Saar is a mixed-media artist and painter. Her artwork deals with themes of identity, race, gender, beauty, normalcy, and sanity. She has exhibited internationally, and nationally and is from a family of artists with her mother Betty and sister, Allison. Peter Frank is a poet, curator, and the Associate Editor at Fabrik magazine. He is former critic for Angeleno magazine and the L.A. Weekly, served as Editor for THE magazine Los Angeles and Visions Art Quarterly, and contributes articles to publications around the world.

Please join Saar and Frank in free-flowing discussion about artistic dynasties, portraiture, and identity in contemporary painting.


// SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17

1pm: Collecting and Archiving the Future

Performance Artist Tiffany Trenda along with Erkki Huhtamo (Professor at UCLA Design & Media Arts) and Rex Bruce (Los Angeles Center for Digital Art), will discuss collecting and archiving technology based artwork. This includes the new processes and techniques (VR, AR, Sensory-based interactive systems, 3D printing processes, blockchain, etc.).  They will explore how the work will impact the future of art collecting and archiving and what is going to happen in the next 100 years?

2:30pm: Getting There From Here: Career Advice for Artists

Join MOAH Executive Director, Andi Campognone in discussion with a gallerist, curator, and artist, about how artists can build professional relationships, approach dealers and curators, consider alternative exhibition strategies, for a satisfying and successful career.

4pm: Street Photography and the Changing City

Photographer Ibarionex Perello discusses the importance of street photography not only as a creative art form, but also its documentary role in a city who landscape, demographic and culture are ever-changing and evolving. 

Perello is a photographer, writer and educator. He is also the host of The Candid Frame photography podcast (www.thecandidframe.com), which features conversations with some of the world’s best established and emerging photographers. He is the author of over 6 books including his latest, Making Photographs: Developing a Personal Visual Workflow.