ONE Night: EZTV, SIGGRAPH, and Digital Art in West Hollywood

Sat, 05/31/2014

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, EZTV, LA ACM SIGGRAPH, BARCO, and The City of West Hollywood presents: ONE Night: EZTV, SIGGRAPH, and Digital Art in West Hollywood — An outdoor evening of performance and large-scale digital projections.

On the evening of May 31, West Hollywood Park will be transformed into an outdoor public electronic art exhibition space; An outdoor evening of performance and large-scale digital projections accompanied by live dance, and music.

Description

ONE Night: EZTV, LA ACM SIGGRAPH, and Digital Art in West Hollywood, is a public art event will include large-scale digital projections onto inflated-surfaces hovering over the West Hollywood Park and exterior walls of the West Hollywood Library.

Held in conjunction with the exhibition EZTV: Video Transfer at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum, ONE Night explores the contributions of two seminal Southern California based artists’ communities: LA ACM SIGGRAPH and EZTV. Where the exhibition at the ONE Gallery looks at EZTV’s history in supporting queer video, ONE Night calls attention to the spaces’ similarly under-recognized contributions to early digital art. The event will showcase historical digital experimentations alongside contemporary work and performances.

ONE Night is inspired by an earlier projection event organized by digital artists Ron Hays and Joan Collins in March 1988 to celebrate the opening of the Green Building at the Pacific Design Center. The event, Sky Work, similarly included a large inflatable balloon onto which intricate digital projections were displayed. Hays (1946-1991), a fellow at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies during the 1980s, was a pioneer of large-scale visual projections, using then specialized digital technology to produce visuals. An Emmy award winner, Hays’ work was well respected in artistic, commercial, and club contexts, yet his contributions to digital and video production are little acknowledged. ONE Night seeks call attention to Hays and others under-recognized pioneers.

PROJECTED DIGITAL ART

  • Condensed Bermuda Triangle 1982 — Ron Hays. A collaboration between Ron Hays and sound artist Isao Tomita. In tribute to Ron Hays, the Composer from "Ron Hays Music-Image: Odyssey" album, Frank Serafine will play Live, with Musicians.
  • Core 2014 — Kate Johnson, video concept and direction by Kate Johnson; Dancers & Performers: Kate Crash, Ariana Gallestegui, Linda Lack, John Pennington, Diane Shigekawa, Robert John Whidbee. Special Thanks to Independence Studios and ARC Pasadena.
  • Digit 1980 — Ron Hays. From the laserdisc "Ron Hays Music-Image: Odyssey" music by Frank Serafine, from the 1979 Laserdisc compilation of experimental music videos using the analog animation technique of Scanimation. Frank Serafine will play Live, with Musicians.
  • Nloops 1988 — Vibeke Sorensen, A nine-monitor installation for the ACM SIGGRAPH 1989 Art Show; produced at the California Institute of the Arts, with thanks to the Post Group in Los Angeles; Music by Rand Steiger; Hardware and software include an IBM PC AT running Cubicomp Picturemaker and Lumena Paint software. Her work references the history of animation, including the zoetrope and variations as it is extended into the 3 and 4 dimensional world of the computer. Many of the objects result from mathematical relationships to the number of different frames (12 and 16) in each cycle of animation. The large black torus or "donut" for example, has 16 facets as a cross section and 16 "slices" around its central axis. Each successive frame of the animation cycle was assigned to side-by-side polygons on the surface of the torus, so that adjacent polygons in any direction are exactly one step out of phase, all the way around in all directions. When each polygon animates a complete cycle, the entire object and its surface appears to cycle in waves.
  • Larger Than Life 1985 — Dave Curlender and David Goodsell This digital animation, incorporating early motion-capture techniques and other innovative computer graphics animations, was a project by then UCLA art student Dave Curlender, with the help of UCLA medical student David Goodsell, using the university's molecular biology supercomputer. This finished project premiered to the public at On the Threshold, 1985
  • Polly Gone 1986 — Shelly Lake, A film by Shelley Lake; Music Frank Webber and Shelley Lake; Editor Jane Allison-Fleck; Colorist Sunny Wood; Software Development Gary Demos; Produced at Digital Productions (1984-1986)
  • Standing Waves 1983 — Michael J. Masucci: X_?
  • Steady State 1989 — Rebecca Allen, Concept / Director Rebecca Allen; Music Clodagh, and Simonds Carter Burwell (Music Producer); Computer Animation Rebecca Allen Roger Cabezas, Technical Director Francesc Blanes, Animator Anna Visa, Production Support Animatica; Performers Miriam Phillips, Choreography Orn Sveinsson; Cinematographer William McDonald; Film Crew Pamela Beere Briggs Paul Yates Bruce Allen Kimo Oades; Post Production Josep M. Aragones Joaquim Figueras FILMTEL, S.A.; Thanks to UCLA Department of Design Maroun Harb; Produced at: Animatica, S.A.; © 1989 Rebecca Allen / TVE, S.A. / El Arte del Video
  • Sunstone 1979 — Ed Emshwiller, Directed and written by Ed Emshwiller; Alvy Ray Smith and Garland Stern, computer programmers with Lance Williams; New York Institute of Technology, (Computer Graphics Laboratory), Distributor Electronic Arts Intermix (all media), Guggenheim Foundation (funding); Sunstone was created with complex technology over an eight-month period in 1979.

PERFORMANCES

  • Fly-BY 2014 — an excerpt from In(the Dark) a collaboration between EZTV, Donna Sternberg and Dancers, Prof. Gregory Tarle and Dr. Brain Nord.; Choreography: Donna Sternberg; Concept: Michael J. Masucci; Music by David Raiklin; Dancers: Amanda Adams, Erin Bond, Lindsay Marquino, Cassandra Richards; Musicians: Ken Luey, Nancy Ku, Michael J. Masucci; Avatar dancers: Vanessa Blaylock & Company, The Hague; Science Collaborators: Prof. Gregory Tarle, University of Michigan, Dr. Brain Nord, Fermilab; Drone Consultant and flyer: Nina Rota; Drone Engineer construction and consultant: Scott Stephenson, University of Michigan; Costumes: Jenny Jacobs;
  • Frank Serafine will play Live, with musicians to projected art pieces: Condensed Bermuda Triangle 1982 — Ron Hays, Isao Tomita; and to DIGIT 1980 — Ron Hays, and Frank Serafine, the Composer from the Odyssey album will play Live with Musician: X_
  • Kate Crash 2014 — Performance with musicians Shok, China Ramona, and videos from the ONE Archives at USC’s EZTV Video Collection, including “Libra” (2005) by Kate Johnson.
  • Kate Johnson’s Core 2014 — Dancers & Performers: Kate Crash, Ariana Gallestegui, Linda Lack, John Pennington, Diane Shigekawa, Robert John Whidbee. Special Thanks to Independence Studios and ARC Pasadena.
  • Matt Elsen — The Infinity Boxes, creator. To look inside these beautifully designed works of color, light, and mirrors is to give yourself up, if only for a few moments, to a dreamlike world that changes as you move, as you smile or even gasp in complete wonder at your inability to explain what you’re seeing.

ONE Night: EZTV, SIGGRAPH, and Digital Art in West Hollywood is presented by ONE Archives, EZTV, LA ACM SIGGRAPH, and the City of West Hollywood. Generous support provided by the City of West Hollywood. Support for Donna Sternberg & Dancers’ Fly-By is provided by Center for Cultural Innovation’s ARC grant and the University of Michigan MCubed grant.

A related panel discussion will take place on Tuesday, April 15th at West Hollywood Library. [Computer Love: Digital Art in West Hollywood]

Schedule

8-11pm (outdoors)

Registration

Admission is free for everyone. All will be admitted free of charge.

Special Thanks

Generous support provided by the City of West Hollywood: Peter Mays, Andrew Campbell, and Michael Che; ONE Archives Gallery & Museum: David Evans Frantz; EZTV: Kate Johnson, Michael J. Masucci, Los Angeles ACM SIGGRAPH: Joan Collins, Mike Amron, Chair; Sharon Eisenberg, Vice Chair; with the Chapter support: Dave Curlendar, Diana Lee, Sponsorship; Harry Kim, drone event photography; Kim Van Hoven, Treasurer and ACM insurance; Leonard Daly, Website, (la.siggraph.org; Sheri Ki Sun Burnham, SIG-Art, postcard design; Sherry Steele, Secretary; SIG-Art, Jen Zen; Social Media: Dawn Fridrik, Crystal, Laura Hogan, and Shashon; Susan Vanderhyden, Membership; Timothy Everingham, Sponsorship; and all of the Executive Council and all the Volunteers; DONATIONS: Barco, Inc., Chris Prosio the two projectors; and to Personal Creations, Inc., Marc Rosenthal, Watchout playback equipment. And other donations by Julian Leuthold, Barbara Nessim, Nina Rota, Lance Williams, Chris Casady, Robert Gelman, Randall Kirk, Ed Kramer, Tony Longson, Paul Rother, and Donna Tracy.

ONE Night Sponsors