Resolution 3 Symposium

Claremont, Calif. (October 7, 2008) – Pitzer College Media Studies Program and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions announce the Resolution 3 Symposium, a component of Resolution 3: Video Praxis in Global Spaces. It will take place from Friday, October 24 - Sunday, October 26, 2008 at Pitzer College and LACE in Hollywood. This event is free and open to the public.

On Friday, October 24, international media scholars, video artists, media activists, art professionals, students, and others will convene in provocative, peer-to-peer exchanges and productive conversation on notable aspects of contemporary video. Participants include those involved in the Resolution 3 book and the Narrowcast exhibition. Discussions will be developed from abstracts for the book, and will in turn inform the participants' final contributions to it. A reception and dialogue on video art and global media between Toronto-based Chinese Trinidadian video artist Richard Fung and Holly Willis, author of New Digital Cinema: Reinventing the Moving Image, will conclude the day. Friday’s activities, jointly hosted by Pitzer's Media Studies program, Scripps College Humanities institute, and the Intercollegiate Media Studies program, will be held on Pitzer's campus from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at Scripps campus from 6 to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, October 25, at LACE in Hollywood, the Paul Gleason Theatre and Woodbury University CCRD next door, symposium participants will join with local audiences and communities in public programs designed to complement Friday's discussions and to deepen reflection of the exhibition. These programs were organized by Irina Contreras, Lucas Hilderbrand, Micol Hebron, Ashley Hunt, and Jessica Lawless, local media artists, activists, and scholars.

Fantastical Catastrophe, which “oozes with desperate and hopeful attempts for a new political landscape” and asks “How do we historicize, collect and ultimately hijack what has always belonged to us?” will present the work of Erica Cho, EMR, Felix Endara, Frédéric Moffet and Camilo Ontiveros at 12:30 p.m. It will be followed by Open Shop, three hands-on workshops led by Austin Delgadillo, Maria A. Diaz, Ashley Hunt, Amitis Motevalli, Frédéric Moffet, Irina Contreras, Wafaa Bilal, Eric Stanley, Chris Vargas and Jessica Lawless that will focus on storytelling and programming, re-imaging histories and performative distribution.

Running Time 24:00:00, 24-hour video curated by Micol Hebron, will run from 7:00 p.m. Saturday through 7:00 p.m. Sunday. Inspired by iconic videos of the first Resolutions exhibition, Running Time 24:00:00 is an eclectic showcase of international video works segmented by the time period in film and video art history by which they were inspired. Viewers are encouraged to bring pillows!

On Sunday, October 25 at LACE in Hollywood, a roundtable discussion on the Politics of Transcultural Production will occur at 11:00 a.m. Featuring Jennifer Doyle, Ismail Farouk, Grant Kester, Gina Lamb/REACH LA, Amitis Motevalli, Julia Meltzer and David Thorne. This discussion will focus on different positions engendered by video, performative, and digital media works that cross the boundaries of race, gender, nationality and culture. The symposium will conclude with Bodies That Matter, a performative dialogue between Alex Villar and Maria A. Diaz on how artists make extensive use of their own bodies to intervene in the spaces of everyday life and in video. Closing discussion and wrap-up for the symposium will follow. This program will take place from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at LACE.

Resolution 3: Video Praxis in Global Spaces is funded through the generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, The Getty Foundation, Intercollegiate Media Studies at The Claremont Colleges, The James Irvine Foundation, Metabolic Studio, a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation led by Artist and Trustee Lauren Bon, Pitzer College (Pitzer Art Galleries, The Endowed Fund for Media Studies, Frederick J. Salathé Fund and Pitzer Summer Research Assistantship), Scripps Humanities Institute, and the members of LACE. LACE and its programs are also supported by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, Jockey Hollow Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Morris Family Foundation, the Pasadena Art Alliance, Side Street Projects, and Stone Brewing Co.

About Pitzer Media Studies

Pitzer Media Studies is part of a cooperative program with the other Claremont Colleges (Pomona, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd) that teaches the production, theory, history, and social context of the visual media including film, video, photography, and digital technologies. Pitzer's production courses are not oriented toward traditional narrative film or television; rather they stress “independent” narrative forms, video art, documentary, community-based and activist media. The Media Studies component of the program utilizes theoretical and historical models that link different academic disciplines and eliminate boundaries separating media theory from media production. For more information, visit www.pitzer.edu/media_studies.

About LACE

Since 1978, LACE has maintained an unwavering commitment to innovation in the visual arts. LACE presents and supports a variety of projects each season, including exhibitions, performances, publications, discussions, screenings, and public art works. For three decades and counting, LACE has presented the work of over 5,000 artists in over 3,000 programs and events. LACE'ss programming is either free or low-cost, making it accessible to all audiences. For more information, visit www.welcometolace.org.

About Scripps Humanities Institute

Founded in 1986 to promote interdisciplinary research and public discussion of important issues in culture and society, the Humanities Institute has consistently been an important center of the intellectual life of the Claremont Colleges. Each semester, the Institute presents a thematic program pursuing some topic related to the humanities, broadly defined. These programs include conferences, lectures, exhibitions, and film series. As part of Scripps' tradition of interdisciplinary education, the Humanities Institute brings together both prominent visiting scholars and younger scholars doing cutting-edge work, lectures by faculty at the Claremont Colleges, and a program for Scripps students who are appointed as Junior Fellows of the Institute. For more information, please go to: http://www.scrippscollege.edu/campus/humanities-institute/.

About Paul Gleason Theatre

The Paul G. Gleason Theatre is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the performing and visual arts: concerts, exhibitions, stage, film, television, architecture, design and things not yet defined. It is an incubator of creativity and thought engaging artists and the broader community to share in the spirit of openness and collaboration.

About Woodbury University's Center for Community Research & Design (CCRD)

With a mission to engage and sustain the diverse culture of the region through collaboration, research and design, the CCRD seeks to develop awareness and direct participation in the urban issues, practices and places that define the city. Located at 6518 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90028, the CCRD is a public resource providing exhibitions, lectures, workshops, exchanges, and publications.

About Pitzer College

Pitzer College is a nationally top-ranked undergraduate liberal arts and sciences institution. A member of The Claremont Colleges, Pitzer offers a distinctive approach to a liberal arts education by linking intellectual inquiry with interdisciplinary studies, cultural immersion, social responsibility and community involvement. For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu.

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