L.A. Freewaves

L.A. Freewaves

How Can You Resist?
Freewaves TV premiere

Featuring more than 150 works, this year’s edition of FREEWAVES expands its reach to include artists from Latin America, Southeast Asia, Africa, China and the Middle East in order to emphasize the interconnectedness of struggles taking place throughout the world. The entire festival runs from November 5-27, and will appear at Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, REDCAT, from November 12 - 14

The internationally renowned festival of independent film, video and new media, aims to engage the public’s growing skepticism about commercial media and create a consensus for change beyond the outcome of the 2004 elections. Programs are curated by a team that includes award-winning filmmaker Thom Andersen (Los Angeles Plays Itself) of the CalArts School of Film/Video. In addition to the presentation at REDCAT, CalArts' downtown center for innovative visual, performing and media arts presents, the festival features weekend programs at MOCA at the Geffen Contemporary, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy and various venues in Chinatown. For complete program and venue information, visit freewaves.org.


7:30 p.m.
Curated by Douglas Chang

This program explores the process of layering in all of its paradoxical, obscuring, ambiguous and alluring manifestations. At a time when nakedness is coveted but nudity condemned; when WMD remain perpetually out of reach, hidden somewhere in a gaping desert of perhaps, the ultimate aphrodisiac may be the search for truth itself.

Featuring works by: Alinah Azadeh, Eliza Barrios, Caitlin Berrigan, Francois Bucher, James Duesing, Kristina Faragher, Kent Lambert, Annmarie Lanesey, Eric Saks, Alex Stikich and Tobias Tovera.

9:30 p.m.
Curated by Guillermina Zabala

Deconstructing America, decomposing America, deciphering America, decoding America, de-symbolizing America and re-editing America. Stereotypes, icons, symbols, idols, political figures, slogans, media and commercials play an intricate, dangerous, and often subliminal role in American life. What kind of information is battering at our collective consciousness? This group of artists experiments, both intellectually and mechanically, with various pieces of appropriated media and original footage, creating a unique and surreal look. The results suggest that manipulated video work may be more real than “reality.”

Featuring works by: Thomas Aigelsreiter, Mark Boswell, Norman Cowie, John Davis, Jim Finn, GNN, Les LeVeque and Joon Soo Ha and Aaron Valdez.


3 p.m.
Curated by José Roca

Video cameras are no longer solely a tourist fixture; they have become so commonplace in both domestic and working environments that each and every aspect of our daily life is being documented in some way. In this context, the boundaries of “reality,” “documentary,” “historical fiction” and “sociological field work” have blurred, casting a veil of suspicion over all that we see: Are we witnessing something, or is it being staged for us? Does it make a difference? “A Taste of the Pain of Others” brings together works that simultaneously entice the viewer to delve into someone else’s tragedy, while maintaining a degree of strangeness and/or repulsion.

Featuring works by: Brooke Alfaro, Monika Bravo, Juan Manuel Echavarría, Carlos Garaicoa and Iván Marino.

5 p.m.
Curated by Julie Lazar

“Inheritance” offers a mixed palette of programs imbued with bitter sweetness, humor, frustration, sadness and tragedy. As the stories unfold, we observe familiar connecting threads, obstructing knots, or irregularities among the characters that indicate how personal choices and acts can have effects on the larger socio-political circumstances of the world we share.

Featuring works by: Cynthia Greig, Trevor Fife, Melinda Morey, Helena Muskens & Quinrine Racké, Ruth Pringle and Richard H. Smith.

7:30 p.m.
Directed by Juan Devis
Freewaves TV Premiere

After more than 15 years of media programming at art venues and on billboards, the Web and public TV, Freewaves opens up the black box.

Freewaves’ new TV pilot follows four Los Angeles-based artists—Rubén Ochoa, Yoshua Okón, Rubén Ortiz-Torres and Jones Sanchez—as they negotiate and reimagine, from conception to realization, a unique vision of Los Angeles. Familiar in its tone, Inter-State reveals how art practices, as much as any other profession, rely on instinct, personal histories and a persistent effort to understand what lies outside the artist’s studio.

A reception, featuring the artists, director and crew, follows the screening.

10 p.m.
Curated by Bill Kelley Jr.

Earlier this year, in a series of not-so-coincidental events, above the raging glory of Super Bowl patriotic undercurrents, a black woman revealed her breast ... and the genie of media stupidity was unleashed. The way we as Americans inconsistently engage with sexuality--our consent of Janet Jackson’s lyrics, our outrage at her breast--reveals the true power of images and adds fuel to the fire of engagement.

Featuring works by: Brook Alfaro, Caitlin Berrigan, Enid Baxter Blader, Micaela O’Herlily, John Richey, Jacqueline Salloum, Jim Skuldt and Tobias Tovera.


5 p.m.
Curated by November Paynter

These video works investigate the way inhabitants of rapidly expanding cities use their built environment to their full potential in ingenious and often extreme ways. Repurposing of exploitative spaces change the way they are perceived, sliding them from insignificant to utopian. In these works, we view the creation of personal space as people appropriate their physical surroundings for purposes that are often at odds with original intentions of local authorities, builders, designers and residents.

Featuring works by: Can Altay, Atlas Group, Osman Bozkurt, Neutral and Solmaz Shahbazi.

7 p.m.
Curated by Mike Blockstein

In “Security Blanket,” moments that once were politically charged now seem innocent; time-honored anthems are turned on their heads; and the past is used to comment on an uncomfortable present. In an age of heightened security, these works question just what exactly constitutes personal and collective security.

Featuring works by: David Barker, Carola Dertnig, James Elaine & William Basinski, Bryan Konefsky, Kayo Nakamura, Jeroen Offerman, Aaron Valdez and Erika Yeomans.

9 p.m.
Curated by Thom Andersen

Jonathan Rosenbaum once wrote that a movie that mattered to him was like “a letter from a friend who lived far away but knew exactly what I was thinking.” In this sense, these short films and videos are like postcards, records of journeys we are fortunate to receive.

Featuring works by: Anna Abrahams & Jan Frederik Groot, Bryan Boyce, Robert Frank, Gerard Holthuis, Eveline Ketterings, Nicolas Provost, Julie Speechley and Guido van der Werve.

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Date/Time G ST CA
Fri 11.12.04, 7:30 pm
$6 $4 free
Fri 11.12.04, 9:30 pm
The Power of American Imagery
Sat 11.13.04, 3:00 pm
A Taste of the Pain of Others
Sat 11.13.04, 5:00 pm
Sat 11.13.04, 7:30 pm
Freewaves TV Premiere: Inter-State
Sat 11.13.04, 10:00 pm
Untitled Engagement
Sat 11.13.04, 10:00 pm
Untitled Engagement
Sun 11.14.04, 7:30 pm
Security Blanket
$6$4 free
Sun 11.14.04, 9:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff