Through The Looking Glass
Ann Hirsch joins NFTuesdayLA for a special program and creation of a new collection of blooped artworks focused on our community. For the last 15 years, Ann has forged a unique path in the art world, going places no one else will go and revealing human truths by getting totally vulnerable. She will discuss how she has utilized social media, internet culture and ubiquitous tech to make sense of her journey into womanhood and later, motherhood.
Ann will also be BLOOPING people live during her talk and afterwards for a unique NFTuesdayLA edition. What is BLOOPING, you ask? It's her way of making your twisted AI portrait in the style of her project, SACRA FAMiGLiA. Selected AI portraits will become part of the official edition, one that will show the darkside of the NFTuesday famiglia...
Butoh Dance and Physical Transformation
Ibuki Kuramochi joins NFTuesdayLA to speak about the physicality of Butoh dance and the extension of the female body into digital space.
Chris Coleman and Laleh Mehran join NFTuesdayLA to share their individual and collaborative art practices looking into ideologies, identity and landscapes. They have been creating experiences since the turn of the century, leveraging digital technologies to speak about 21st century subjects. Mehran uses metaphor and the language of science to speak about fanaticism and the ways it is used to manipulate people. Coleman explores how our perceptions are changing in an increasingly digitized world. They both explore the systems that are put into place to keep people apart, and how we might find better futures working together in spaces like national borders and the internet.
Coleman and Mehran have been building a collection of digital art over the last 15 years as part of their work engaging with the digital arts and experimenting with models of support. They also started the Clinic for Open Source Arts (COSA) to help free and open source tools for digital creativity become more accessible and sustainable. These efforts, in addition to their decades as educators, are all part of a strong belief that expressing creative ideas through digital lenses is critical to our collective futures.
Care Is Essential: Beauty and Care as Antidotes to Harm
Artist Autumn Breon joins NFTuesdayLA with gallerist Rick Garzon to discuss her multidisciplinary artistic practice that invites audiences to use care and beauty as both tools for civic engagement and antidotes to harmful systems. Her recent performance Still Here debuted at Garzon’s Residency Art Gallery and was the culmination of Breon asking Inglewood residents what they hope never changes about the city. Breon is an alumna of Stanford University where she studied Aeronautics & Astronautics and researched aeronautical astrobiology applications. She is a 2023 recipient of the Crenshaw Dairy Mart Fellowship for Abolition & the Advancement of the Creative Economy. At this NFTuesdayLA, Breon will announce her newest project for the 2024 election, The Care-Van. The evening will open with a "A Meditative Pause for the Heart," a sound meditation featuring Jenn and Mik Raibon of The Inner Victory.
VisionVision Returns FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!
Edgar Fabián Frías and Sarah Zucker join NFTuesdayLA to perform in “VisionVision Returns FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!”
VisionVision is their collaborative mutant televangelism project, which began in 2018. Come on out to witness their timely return to this dimension!
Escaping Digital Fuedalism
Michael J. Masucci joins NFTuesdayLA for a special program on "Escaping Digital Fuedalism: The EZTV Museum and the Building of Independent Community."
Michael J. Masucci is an award-winning artist/producer/musician/curator and activist who has been at the intersection between art and the digital revolution since the 1970s. He is Commissioner and Chair Emeritus of the Santa Monica Arts Commission and Chair of its Media Arts Committee and a member of the Arts Commission’s Bergamot Station Art Center committee.
He is a founding member of the seminal LA media arts group EZTV (www.eztvmuseum.com), whose early archives are in the permanent collection of USC. Recognition of the work of EZTV has been featured at events at the American Film Institute, UCLA, USC, and in the Getty’s region-wide initiative Pacific Standard Time.
Work for which he has been a principal collaborator has been presented internationally at venues including at the Pompidou Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, Lincoln Center, PBS, UCLA, UCSD, SIGGRAPH, Highways Performance Space,
Next year, he will be spearheading the creation of a new digital arts festival at Santa Monica College, that will in addition to presenting a diverse selection of international artists, will focus its first year on the 45 years of history of EZTV and its 40 years of collaborating with LA-SIGGRAPH.
David Em on the Archeology of the Metaverse
David Em joins NFTuesdayLA to speak about the archeology of the metaverse and five firsts that he experienced in his lifetime. David is a digital art pioneer who created the first navigable virtual worlds, and we are delighted to welcome him to El Cid for a very special program.
David Em was born in Los Angeles in 1952, and soon after moved with his parents and older sister to South America. The family moved to the East Coast of the US when David was a teenager. He returned to California in 1972, where he set up his first art studio in San Francisco. David grew up without television until he was ten years old. Nobody could have predicted the impact screens would have on his future.
At 22, he heard the word “digital” for the first time, and in 1975, at the age of 23, he created his first digital artwork at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. Completely immersed in experimental digital art, in 1976 David built articulated 3D creatures with mainframes at Information International Incorporated. This led to his becoming the Artist-in-Residence at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at the California Institute of Technology from 1977 to 1988. Here he created digital art utilizing the state-of-the-art software used by NASA’s Voyager flybys to photograph Saturn and other interstellar objects.
Since 1991, David has worked independently, building his own computers to explore the metaverse. His recent art incorporates AI, something David predicted in 1977 would fundamentally transform the art of the future.
Crashing Through The Feed
Artist Andrew Benson joins NFTuesdayLA to discuss his generative and experimental NFT Art projects that stem from an established practice of deconstructing digital media from the ground up. Benson’s process challenges the methods and processes of image creation and generative art through a persistent exploration of feedback networks, human gesture, and synthesis. Benson honed his singular approach to video and digital media in the context of early 2000s DIY performances and musical collaborations. He has since built an artistic practice that encompasses live visual performance, web works, installation, animation, and generative experiences. Today he brings his peculiar, rigorous and playfully defiant sense of digital media to web3 through independent NFT projects like Grinders, Shadow Flora, and most recently Energetic Beings (in partnership with Highlight and FWB).
Walter Langelaar joins NFTuesdayLA to speak about his latest project with crypto art&design research lab co-de.fi VTLK.xyz takes its base material from a 3D scanned pointcloud file created with Vitalik Buterin back in 2017, when he was visiting Aotearoa New Zealand. Consisting of over 420K points, this dataset is now tokenized via pre-signed voucher structs (i.e. ‘lazy minting’) that can be redeemed/minted by the NFT buyer; creating a gradual, community driven, inscription of this object onto the Ethereum blockchain. The project comments on the art-historical context of the buste as a medium for transport and acquisition, as well as more contemporary concerns such as fractionalized ownership structures and inclusive cultural participation.
Cyber Wave Feminism
FEMMEBIT founder Kate Parsons and artists Casey Kauffmann and Huntress Janos join NFTuesdayLA to speak about FEMMEBIT's newest collaboration with Feral File, In Medias Res. Curated by Parsons and Janna Avner, In Medias Res features 9 LA and LA-adjacent artists: Petra Cortright, Tuna Bora, JJ Stratford, Anna Luisa Petrisko, Wednesday Kim, Ellie Pritts, Eve-Lauryn LaFountain, Casey Kauffmann and Huntress Janos. The artworks in this exhibition reflect today’s digital uprootedness from time-based narratives of the silver screen to invoke liminal spaces of belonging. They challenge conventional definitions of cities and urban identities in relation to mainstream media, geography and land ownership.
The exhibition takes its name from the narrative device “in medias res,” a Latin term defined as “into the midst of things.” Suggested by this phrase, the nine artists in the exhibition invite us to engage with the heart of their stories, wherein they explore their personal relationships to Los Angeles as they negotiate daily life in relation to Hollywood and society at large.
BODY AS MATERIAL
AI + Alchemy
Erika Weitz joins NFTuesdayLA to speak about the history of photography and the historical parallels to the emergence of ai. She'll share how she uses ai in her analog process, and discuss what it means for artists to engage with rapidly developing technologies.
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Xs and IOs
LoVid joins NFTuesdayLA to speak about their process from analog hand-made audio/video synthesizers to onchain generative art, installations, and textiles. The artist duo will take us on an RGB journey (tour) to highlight selected projects and collaborators, tech-utopia and dystopia, hype cycles and media distribution through the ages.
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From the Void Matrix to The Blockchain
Artist Victor Acevedo joins NFTuesdayLA to speak about the development of his digital work (1983 to present) and how it was informed conceptually by his geometry explorations during his analog media period (1977-1985) He will base his talk on his recently published 400-page career survey monograph called Acevedo in Context. Starting in 2007 he transitioned to video and began producing what he calls Electronic Visual Music (EVM) works. Since October 2021, Acevedo has begun to make his work available on the blockchain, primarily on OpenSea. He will also share his knowledge about the early Digital Art scene and important Digital Art exhibitions in Los Angeles from 1983 to 2004, with a focus on the 1990s.
LeeMullican.PCX x Feral File
Cole Root, director of the Estate of Luchita Hurtado and Lee Mullican, will share the development of Lee Mullican’s artistic career from physical painting to computer based imagery. Cole will discuss the styalistic similarities between Lee’s analog and digital practice as well biographical information on the late prolific artist. LeeMullican.PCX is the first project the estate has minted on the Tezos blockchain and represents the earliest known body of digital work by Mullican. Lee Mullican.PCX is curated by Anika Meier and hosted by Feral File.
Sean Moss-Pultz will also share about the history of Bitmark, Feral File, and new updates to their digital art wallet for collectors called Autonomy.
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Processing Community Catalogue Book Launch and Reading Party
Lauren Lee McCarthy, Qianqian Ye, Suhyun (Sonia) Choi, and Casey Reas will be hosting a reading party with NFTuesdayLA to launch the highly anticipated and nearly 1000 page book that celebrates the Processing and art+tech community.
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If You Can't Join Them Beat Them
Jesse Draxler and Chanel Verdult join NFTuesdayLA to discuss Draxler's early stages of his career, the internet boom, his consistent aesthetics entering web3, and a new project with a solo exhibition approaching in June.Follow Jesse on Twitter
Ways of Worlding: Building more-than-human worlds
Artist and writer Alice Bucknell joins NFTuesdayLA to speak about her interdisciplinary worldbuilding practice, which explores interconnections of architecture, ecology, language, magic, and non-human and machine intelligence. Working primarily with game engines and speculative fiction narratives, Bucknell cultivates more-than-human worlds that look toward the near future and deep past in order to graft onto somewhere beyond the binary of utopia and dystopia. Recently, Bucknell was profiled in CURA Magazine’s inaugural Generational Issue as one of 40 artists shaping the landscape of the present and the future in contemporary art.
A special collection of stable diffusion hallucinations, collectively titled NEXT LA, will be released as NFTs to support the production of Bucknell’s newest project, The Alluvials.
Contemporary Futurism: Creating worlds from experiences
Jah joins NFTuesdayla to speak about creating worlds from experiences.
Jah is a Filmmaker and Visual Artist from Brooklyn, NY. His artistic style is contemporary futurism. He explores themes of intrapersonal conflict, digital identity, and future worlds through character study and evocative storytelling.
A Time Capsule Or A Grave: Hybrid Virtual Performance
Sammie Veeler delivers the third iteration of her hybrid performance project: A Time Capsule Or A Grave originally commissioned by Octobre Numerique Faire Monde and the Tezos Foundation. Veeler exposes her digital grief ritual for her late husband, Tvordis, using a persistent virtual space built on New Art City which she activates through IRL lectures, installing the audio recordings of each performance after it is delivered to form an evolving virtual archive.
12/20/22 - 12/31/22
Unsigned DTLA Billboard Showcase
In collaboration with Vellum LA and Standard Vision, NFTuesdayLA is proud to present the first public exhibition of Unsigned in the United States by Operator and Anika Meier. Unsigned is a conceptual collaborative action that directly responds to a finding by Dr. Helen Gorrill, researcher and author of Women Can’t Paint, that the addition of a signature by a woman on an artwork devalues it to the extent that “female artists are more likely to leave their work unsigned.” Unsigned is a collection of “100 signatures from women and non-binary artists created to reverse the current negative value of the signatures through their transformation into artworks themselves.” The entire collection of signatures will be featured on the large scale digital facade at the Courtyard Marriott LA Live in DTLA for a two week showcase until the end of 2022.
Ada Ada Ada | Addie Wagenknecht | Aleksandra Jovanić | Alex/andra Crouwers | Alida Sun | Ana Maria Caballero | Angie Taylor | Ania Catherine | Anika Meier | Ann Ahoy | Anna Carreras | Anna Ehrenstein | Anna Lucia | Anna Ridler | Anne Spalter | Arvida Byström | Auriea Harvey | Ayla El-Moussa | Bea | Carla Gannis | Chanel Verdult | Christa Sommerer | Claudia Comte | Claudia Hart | Colette Robbins | Connie Bakshi | Daria Jelonek | Dejha Ti | Diane Drubay | Eleni is bored again | Emily Xie | Erin McGean | Evelyn Bencicova | Faith Holland | GISELXFLOREZ | Giulia Bowinkel | Gretchen Andrew | Gretta Louw | Harriet Davey | Helena Sarin | Hermine Bourdin | Iskra Velitchkova | Ivona Tau | Ix Shells | janice mascarenhas | Jenni Pasanen | Judy Mam | Julia Beliaeva | Kalen Iwamoto | Kate the Cursed | Kelly Richardson | Klara Vollstaedt | Lapin Mignon | Lauren Lee McCarthy | Linda Dounia | Linda Loh | Lisa Orth | lizvlx | Lorna Mills | MABLAB | Margaret Murphy | Maria Pleshkova | Marjan Moghaddam | Martha Skinner | Martina Menegon | Melissa Wiederrecht | Michelle Thompson | Mieke Marple | Mikey Woodbridge | Mona Ardeleanu | Nancy Baker Cahill | Nengi Uranta | Nicole Ruggiero | Nye Thompson | OLGA.F | Olga Fedorova | Primavera | Rhea Myers | Rose Jackson | Sam Clover | SamJ | Sarah Friend | Sarah Meyohas | Sarah Ridgley | Sarah Zucker | Sasha Katz | Sasha Stiles | Sofia Crespo | Sophie Kahn | Sputniko! | Stellabelle | Stine Deja | Tabitha Swanson | Tschuuuly | Vitória Cribb | Xin Liu | Yalda Eskandari | Yinkore | ZEITWEITZ
Hello, Operator: Experiential art and the blockchain
Ania Catherine and Dejha Ti of Operator join NFTuesdayLA x Vellum LA to speak about their experiential art practice, reflecting on their experiences and approach to integrating the blockchain into their work over the last year. Named “Artists to Watch in 2022” by Contemporary Art Issue, the duo exhibited this year in London, Berlin, Lisbon, LA, NYC, Paris, Miami, entered museum permanent collections, and continue their nuanced exploration of where conceptual art, installation, performance, and the blockchain meet.
Experimental Impulse: Art, Decentralization & Museums at the code level
Crypto Cactoid & Lady Cactoid share their journeys through art, engineering and the blockchain, talking through issues surrounding security, smart contracts and insights from the traditional art world. What are the origins of computer art? Lady Cactoid will discuss the pioneering history of code-based art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and look to Cactoid Labs future collaborations with the museum.
Cold and silent, like a heart
Artist and writer Mieke Marple and visual effects artist Francisco García Nava talk about their respective artistic journeys, and their recent work on Marple's 42 second film for Non Fungible Castle: "Cold and silent, like a heart." The film is a feminist reinterpretation of Antonín Dvořák's symphonic poem: "The Water Goblin" (1896), based on a Czech poem of the same name from 1853. It is Marple's first time combining text with imagery, working with a creative collaborator, and dealing with issues pertaining to motherhood and abortion–all topics that will be touched on.
Ellie Pritts On Art + Curation + Electric Psychedelia
Ellie Pritts shares her journey as a curator in the Web3 space, from one of the first NFT art exhibitions to the largest in the world, her curated exhibitions include:
Electric Psychedelia - Bright Moments (July 2021)
Tomorrow Today - Hot Shot Muffler (Feb 2022)
Bright Moments NFT Art Berlin - Kraftwerk Berlin (April 2022)
Electric Psychedelia - Vellum LA (Oct 2022)
Ex Machina: The Myth of Other
AI artist Connie Bakshi talks bending the rules to break the algorithm. Connie will share her journey through the unspoken, undefinable, and invisible aspects of language — leaving attendees to consider the hidden binaries that shape our relationship to the machine and to one another.
Matthew Dunnerstick, co-creator of ARSNL, shares insider details about the production of Frank Stella’s first NFT entitled "Geometries." Matthew will discuss the call to adventure, artist rights, 3D printing and remixes, launching an NFT platform, the fusion of art and marketing, supreme ordeals, and generating over 2 million in sales during the great crypto winter... all while keeping true to the heart of this legendary artist.
ARSNL bridges the fine art world and digital art space through collaboration and intellectual property protection. ARSNL’s mission is to help collectors and artists in the digital landscape. ARSNL was founded in 2022 by Artists Rights Society (ARS), the preeminent copyright, licensing, and monitoring organization for visual artists in the United States. ARS harnesses 35 years of experience and a 122,000 strong global collective to create exciting artist projects and collaborations. It represents such names as Stella, Warhol, Pollock, Picasso, Dalí, Magritte, Rothko, Kahlo, O’Keeffe, Matisse, Chagall, Wright, de Kooning, Klee, Brancusi, Duchamp, Miró, Man Ray, and many others.
Jimmy Edgar & Alice Scope
Conceptual artist Jimmy Edgar joins us to speak about their upcoming Vellum LA exhibition titled OXYGEN and their exploration into the essence, absence and ascension of materiality in the digital domain.Jimmy will be joined by ALice Scope of Vellum LA.
First Tuesdays at Quantum Space LA with Jeff Frost
Jeff Frost joins us to speak about time, sound, and 'celestial light painting. Jeff will give a live demonstration on how he uses motion control robots to draw with light, time, and photography.
Katie Peyton Hofstadter presents, "Bodies on the Blockchain"
Writer Katie Peyton Hofstadter joins us to speak about artists who are stress-testing Web3’s effect on their own bodies, probing the ways information flows between our biological and virtual identities.
What does it mean to have a body in a hybrid world?
Artwork Lans King, NETWORK OF SELF, 2019-ongoing.
Shu Zhu & G. Wilson join us to speak about their transmedia film project, Ash Valley. They’ll discuss the history of the project, filmmaking in web3, experimentation in digital mediums, apocalyptic visions, and the Ash Valley genesis art collection.
First Tuesdays at Quantum Space LA with Alida Sun
Berlin-based artist and futurist Alida Sun joins us to speak about her daily generative art practice, navigating the colliding worlds of NFTs and traditional art, and integrating blockchain technology with interactive installations and live performance.
Shaun McCallum of iheartblob joins us to speak about the first NFT financed Architecture pavilion, extended realities, novel economic models for the built environment and iheartblob’s NFT journey on the Tezos blockchain.
Luna Ikuta joins us to share her world building practice, her recent "Remember Me" collection, smart contracts as story telling mediums, and insight into the next sequel
Jen Stark joins us to speak about her mixed media & nft practice. Her work is "inspired by infinity, plants, color, sacred geometry, and microscopic designs found in nature."
Women of Excellence
Women of Excellence, an upcoming women-of-color led pfp, join us to discuss why diversity and representation in Web3 is important and how we can all contribute to making it happen.
SolaCoin by Joe Sola
Joe Sola will join us to speak about his new project SolaCoin. "SolaCoin is the invention of two currencies, one fungible, one non-fungible, that are connected by the artist's smart contract. SolaCoin is both a NFT and a unique cryptocurrency COIN."
Multi Platinum lyricist & melody maker, Arama will speak about her breakthroughs from a BTS creator of famous artist’s art into a technomancer web3 alpha queen. Join us to hear tales from her journey as a talented musician with a passion for tech.
ARTISTS WHO CODE
TONY HERRARA & MONA KUHN
SINZIANA VELICESCU & JESSE DAMIANI
Las Fotos Project
Lucia Torres & Helen Alonzo Hurtado, of Las Fotos Project, join us to share their program's mission. Their visit is programmed in conjunction with the launch of the new NFT platform DoinGud on "Giving Tuesday."
Las Fotos Project
David Leonard joins us to discuss the rapid rise and evolution of Hic et Nunc NFT platform, and his journey to find a place for his father Gary Leonard's historic photographic archive of more than 50 years documenting Los Angeles.
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The Medusa Collection by Mieke Marple
The Medusa Collection is a set of 2500 unique NFTs by artist Mieke Marple on the Ethereum blockchain launching on December 1, 2021. Marple joins us on 11/9/21 to share her journey into NFTs and why she created this collection utilizing analog and digital techniques.
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Lee Mullican's "Computer Joy"
Cole Root, Director of the Estate of Lee Mullican, will speak about the late artist's early digital artwork that will be sold as NFTs. Attendees can collect the first POAP issued by the Estate for Mullican related in-person NFT events.
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