CLOSER

THE BLOG OF LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS

Watch CYBORG FOUNDATION, a finalist in Focus Forward’s $200,000 Filmmaker Competition. 
{Neil Harbisson was born with achromatopsia, a rare condition that causes complete colour blindness. In 2004, Harbisson and Adam Montandon developed the eyeborg, a device that translates colours into sounds.
Harbisson has been claimed to be the first recognized cyborg in the world, as his passport photo now includes his device. In 2010, Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas created the Cyborg Foundation, an international organization to help humans become cyborgs. The foundation has also experimented with other sensory devices, including an “earborg,” which translates sound into color, and a “speedborg,” which allows people to detect movement through electronic earrings that vibrate.}
cyborg foundation
Watch the film here:

NATIVE STRATEGIES: Rafa Esparza and Brian Getnick

nativestrategies:

Rafa Esparza My grandparents were the first people who settled the pueblo where my parents were born in Mexico. I think if there was a beginning, in terms of thinking about a home, that would be a good place to start. My father grew up making adobe bricks, like most men in the pueblo. It was…

CRASS: There Is No Authority But Yourself

On the occasion of the Supreme Court ruling of DOMA and Proposition 8…

image

“I always wanted State of the Union to serve as a historic record of a time long past—today marks a big step in that direction.” –Robert Ransick

Download the State of the Union booklet, published by Printed Matter.

LACE presented Public Interest: State of the Union in June of 2010. This 31-print installation by New York-based artist Robert Ransick focused on the thirty-one U.S. states whose voters have amended their constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

To learn more about this project, please visit his website: http://www.robertransick.com/sou.htm

I wrote the piece below a couple days after the 4/20 MOCA gala. I was riled up. Time has passed. I’m still riled up…

I wrote the piece below a couple days after the 4/20 MOCA gala. I was riled up. Time has passed. I’m still riled up. Kids come in and out and into juvie for marijuana crimes while the connected and rich laugh about the laws the hoi polloi is subject to.

It’s such strictly economic warfare that it hurts my gut every time I remember being young and thinking that the space of art was the space of the most imaginative and advanced thought. Now it’s hard not to see it as simple jestering for the elite.

image

Read More