Jose-Carlos Mariategui on Fri, 15 Nov 2002 23:37:01 +0100 (CET)

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LA Freewaves¹ 8th Celebration of Experimental Media Arts
Latin American FREEWAVES brings us the newest in video art from Latin

Permeates All of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA - LA Freewaves, the most extensive media arts advocate in
the country, launches TV or NOT TV, its 8th Celebration of Experimental
Media Arts, throughout Los Angeles during the entire month of November 2002.
Over the past 13 years LA Freewaves has become an unparalleled Southern
California phenomenon, presenting artists who are inventing the future of
art, culture and media.

This year¹s festival presents over 300 films, videos and new media works in
panel discussions, performance events, exhibitions, outdoor community
screenings and television broadcasts. Most events and exhibits are free of
charge, with approximately three percent requiring nominal fees for entrance
or parking.  Daily, from November 1st ­ 30th, the festival will infuse 65
venues, television, the web and 3 video billboards with the newest, most
innovative media art from around the world. 350 artists will warp, twist and
redefine the distances between daily life experience and televised reality,
presenting puzzling questions and dynamic alternatives to corporate-filtered
entertainment and alarmist, biased news reporting.

On Friday, November 1st TV or NOT TV officially kicks off with a film and
video screening at Cal Arts, a month-long South American exhibit at
Iturralde Gallery on La Brea and a full evening of events in Chinatown
featuring multiple gallery openings in and around Chung King Road,
multi-media art at internet cafes, public address system infiltrations, and
large scale street projections.  Once you¹ve filled your mind, head over to
The Grand Star to shake your booty at the infamous club Firecracker.  And to
think, there¹s another 29 days in the month of November filled with diverse
TV or NOT TV festival programming.

Latin American FREEWAVES brings us the newest in video art from Latin
America. One of the most substantial Latin American video surveys ever
assembled, the nine programs, commissioned especially for the 2002 LA
Freewaves Festival, represent the syncretism and dynamic exchanges of
artists and activists hailing from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa
Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama,
Perú and Venezuela.

>From experimental exercises in physiognomy to pop culture clashes, from
perceptual studies to historiographic reflections, these nine programs
develop the manifold fascinations and interests of Latin American media

The individual programs were curated by Ernesto Calvo Alvarez, Tamara Díaz
Bringas, José Roca, Michèlle Faguet, Jorge La Ferla, Priamo Lozada, Arlindo
Machado, Christine Mello, Yucef Merhi, José-Carlos Mariategui, Claudia
Prado, and Cristian Silva. Produced by Juan Devis, Chair of LA Freewaves
Board; Coordinated by Rita Gonzalez.

Panel will discuss the state of video art in Latin America as it redefines
itself, adjusting to a changing political and economic backdrop. Moderated
by Jesse Lerner. Potential speakers include José Roca, Michèlle Faguet,
Daniel J. Martinez and Cristian Silva.

@ MOCA at California Plaza
Nov. 10, 1 -3pm 

@ MOCA at California Plaza
Programs 1-5: Nov. 9, 11am -5pm,
Programs 6-9: Nov. 10, 11am -5pm,

@ Iturralde Gallery
Nov. 1-30, 2002 
By request and daily schedule

TV or not TV?  In addition to visiting the 65 museums, art galleries, night
clubs, colleges and universities, film theatres, art centers, karaoke bars
and Internet cafes all over Los Angeles you can also turn on your television
and tune in to KCET 28 at 11:00pm every Sunday night throughout November or
LA Channel 36 every Monday night at 10:00pm.  Also, Pasadena Channel 56 will
run 2-hour blocks in rotation of TV or NOT TV programming.

And of course, a great portion of the festival happens online as well.
Remember, this IS a media arts festival. Watch for
comprehensive video streaming, calendar of events, artists¹ bios and links,
archives of past LA Freewaves¹ festivals, their extensive media resource
tools and complete festival details.

LA Freewaves is Southern California's preeminent advocate for independent,
experimental, noncommercial and under-represented media.  Its
ground-breaking biennial festivals, low-cost workshops, curriculum materials
and comprehensive web site serve as an energetic, multicultural, multimedia
arts network and an optimistic model for art in the electronic age.

LA Freewaves is funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, The Andy Warhol
Foundation for the Visual Arts, The City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs
Department, National Endowment for the Arts, Los Angeles County Arts
Commission, California Arts Council, California Community Foundation and
Pasadena Art Alliance.

For more information or to interview festival founder and executive director
Anne Bray please contact Lynn Hasty at Green Galactic at 323-466-5141 or <> .  Also, please visit

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