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Towards An Artbeat: New Media in Los Angeles

Towards An Artbeat: New Media in Los Angeles TOWARDS AN ARTBEAT New Media in Los Angeles Erika Hernandez TV or NOT TV: A Celebration of Experimental Media Arts, LA Freewaves, November 2002, Los Angeles. A rt in Los Angeles is not dead. It merely has an erratic pulse. Unlike New York, there is no single, cultural nucleus from which art emanates. Here, there, and everywhere, we Angelinos experience art when and where we can, and often have to drive through miles of advertisement-clad buses, air pollution-stained, anti-smoking billboards, and bumper-stickered Acuras in pursuit of its experience. I was awaiting the next screening of a short, experimental video (one of many installations that night) at LA Freewaves’ Festival Finale—held at the Vermont Café, Karaoke and Billiards—when I wandered into the “non-festival” zone and found myself gazing at four men from outside a karaoke booth window. They were singing with and to each other. At once, they turned and sang to me. They twirled lyrically and counterclockwise from the spinning disco ball above them. The pink, reflected image of the video at hand bounced from the mirror to the window, and into my eyes. It was Britney Spears’s “Hit Me Baby, One More Time.” The performance drew to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

Towards An Artbeat: New Media in Los Angeles

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Publisher
MIT Press
Copyright
© 2003 Performing Arts Journal, Inc.
ISSN
1520-281X
eISSN
1537-9477
DOI
10.1162/152028103321781574
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Abstract

TOWARDS AN ARTBEAT New Media in Los Angeles Erika Hernandez TV or NOT TV: A Celebration of Experimental Media Arts, LA Freewaves, November 2002, Los Angeles. A rt in Los Angeles is not dead. It merely has an erratic pulse. Unlike New York, there is no single, cultural nucleus from which art emanates. Here, there, and everywhere, we Angelinos experience art when and where we can, and often have to drive through miles of advertisement-clad buses, air pollution-stained, anti-smoking billboards, and bumper-stickered Acuras in pursuit of its experience. I was awaiting the next screening of a short, experimental video (one of many installations that night) at LA Freewaves’ Festival Finale—held at the Vermont Café, Karaoke and Billiards—when I wandered into the “non-festival” zone and found myself gazing at four men from outside a karaoke booth window. They were singing with and to each other. At once, they turned and sang to me. They twirled lyrically and counterclockwise from the spinning disco ball above them. The pink, reflected image of the video at hand bounced from the mirror to the window, and into my eyes. It was Britney Spears’s “Hit Me Baby, One More Time.” The performance drew to

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PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: May 1, 2003

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