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Erotic Devices Roundtable

Please join us on Saturday, May 25th at 2 PM for a moderated conversation between Erotic Codex co-curator, Jamison Edgar and three boundary-pushing professionals in the fields of Video, Television, Online Sex Work—Matthew McGaughey, Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou, and Shae-Marie Walsh.

Panelists will bring their industry expertise to discuss the erotic tools shaping our media ecosystems. “The Device”, seen as both a technological companion and a rhetorical tool, will be used to interpret artworks featured throughout Erotic Codex.

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Artificial Intimacy and the Politics of Desirability

Panelists Nat Decker, Lolita Eno, Huntrezz Janos, and Alice Scope will discuss the artwork featured in ‘Erotic Codex,’ AI girlfriends, and the meaning of artificial and non-artificial intimacy. They will explore how emerging technologies are reshaping cultural views on sexuality, and how individuals from queer, femme, and disabled communities assert their own agency, autonomy, and pleasure.

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Can AI Be Ethical?

Please join us February 28th at 2PM for a dynamic debate on the future of artificial intelligence. From embracing its potential to advocating for its abolition, the moderated discussion will include diverse perspectives and thought-provoking insights from speakers, Anuradha Vikram, Steven Vargas, and Holly Willis. The debate will be moderated by curator Jesse Damiani. Please reserve your tickets at this link.

Jesse Damiani is a curator, writer, and advisor in new media art. At Honor Fraser Gallery, he curated SMALL V01CE, Synthetic Wilderness, and helped develop the Art and Technology Speaker Series. He is Senior Curator at Nxt Museum, Arts and Culture Advisor for Protocol Labs, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in USC’s Media Arts + Practice program. Recent curated exhibitions include Lilypads: Mediating Exponential Systems at Nxt Museum; PROOF OF ART at Francisco Carolinum Linz, the first museum retrospective on the history of NFTs; and Simulation Sketchbook: Works in Process at Feral File/Vellum LA. He is the host of Adobe’s Taking Shape, a hub for 3D art and design; an Affiliate of the metaLAB at Harvard and Institute for the Future; and his writing appears in Architectural Design, Flash Art, NBC News, The Verge, and WIRED. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, where he runs the Reality Studies newsletter and the Urgent Futures podcast.

Anuradha Vikram is a writer, curator, and educator based in Los Angeles. As a curator and critic of contemporary art, she works with process-based, public, and participatory art forms, with a focus on transcultural approaches to technology, social engagement, and the body. Vikram is co-curator of the upcoming Getty Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x LA exhibition in 2024, Atmosphere of Sound: Sonic Art in Times of Climate Disruption with Victoria Vesna and UCLA Art Sci Center, she is also curating Jaishri Abichandani‘s 2022 retrospective Flower-Headed Children at the Craft Contemporary in Los Angeles and an upcoming performance art festival with LA Freewaves in 2021.

Steven Vargas is a journalist, actor and dancer who focuses his work on theatre, dance and social change. He graduated from USC in 2020 with a B.A. double major in theatre and journalism with a minor in dance and in 2022 with an M.A. in specialized journalism (the arts). He is currently an arts reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He’s previously written for Entertainment Weekly, E! News, USA Today, BuzzFeed News and more. In theatre, he has worked with organizations like USC Arts in Action, Sojourn Theatre Company of Chicago, Black Lives Matter LA, and Reform LA Jails Coalition. He studied dance with A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham, Movement Migration and Imprints Dance Company (later performing as a guest artist of the company). Outside of USC, he studied Shakespeare at The Globe with a Fulbright Summer Institute scholarship and was part of the second cohort of The Kennedy Center’s BIPOC Critics Lab led by Jose Solís. Steven utilizes his skills and experiences on and off stage to communicate poignant stories through theatre and dance.

Holly Willis is the Chair of the Media Arts + Practice Division in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she teaches classes on digital media, post-cinema and feminist film. She also co-directs the AI for Media & Storytelling (AIMS) initiative of the USC Center for Generative AI and Society. She is the author of Fast Forward: The Future(s) of the Cinematic Arts and New Digital Cinema: Reinventing the Moving Image, as well of Björk Digital, and the editor of both The New Ecology of Things, a collection of essays about ubiquitous computing, and David O. Russell: Interviews. She is also the co-founder of Filmmaker Magazine dedicated to independent film; she served as editor of RES Magazine and co-curator of RESFEST, a festival of experimental media, for several years; and she writes frequently for diverse publications about experimental film, video and new media, while also exploring experimental nonfiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in publications such as Film Comment, Afterimage, Los Angeles Review of Books, Variety, River Teeth and carte blanche.

This event is hosted in conjunction with SMALL V01CE, curated by Jesse Damiani

On view at Honor Fraser through March 23, 2024

Exhibiting artists: Memo Akten, Minne Atairu, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Lins Derry, Linda Dounia Rebeiz, Behnaz Farahi, Holly Herndon & Mat Dryhurst, Lauren Lee McCarthy, Sara Ludy, Parag K. Mital, New Mystics*, Alexander Reben, Reeps100 & Trung Bao, Landon Ross, Rachel Rossin, Caroline Sinders, and Kira Xonorika.

*New Mystics, organized by Alice Bucknell, features the work of Rebecca Allen, Zach Blas, Ian Cheng, CROSSLUCID, Patricia Domínguez, Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, Sadia Pineda Hameed & Beau W Beakhouse, Joey Holder, Evan Ifekoya, Bones Tan Jones, Lawrence Lek, Haroon Mirza, Tabita Rezaire, Tai Shani, Himali Singh Soin, Jenna Sutela, Saya Woolfalk, and Zadie Xa.

 

 

Evolution, Beauty & Artificial Intelligence

Ross and Fry discuss recent projects as well as themes surrounding the gallery’s current exhibition, SMALL V01CE, curated by Jesse Damiani.

Landon Ross is a Los Angeles artist working primarily in painting, sculpture, video, and installation. Ross’s work explores the ontology of mathematics, consciousness, the self, and seeks to explore origin-stories of a distinct epistemological stance: those derived from nature. The artist’s once-central role in channeling the human inclination for the transcendent or the sublime is one that Ross seeks to continue from within the framework of naturalism.

Stephen Fry is a British actor, comedian, writer, and advocate. He’s known for his writing across novels, memoirs, and plays, including titles like “Moab Is My Washpot” and “Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold.” Fry has also directed and authored works such as “Stephen Fry in America.” On television, he’s appeared in shows like “A Bit of Fry & Laurie” and “Jeeves and Wooster,” while also hosting programs like “QI” and “Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive.” An outspoken advocate for mental health awareness and LGBTQ+ rights, Fry’s multifaceted career has left a lasting impact on entertainment and social discourse.

 

Cole Sternberg and The Free Republic of California

Please join us Saturday, August 26th from 2-3pm for a conversation between Cole Sternberg and Honor Fraser gallery director, Jamison Edgar. Sternberg will introduce and expand upon his conceptual political project, The Free Republic of California as well as his painting and image-based art practice.

 

 

Artist Conversation & Video Screening

Please join us Saturday May 21 at 2pm for a screening of Surabhi Saraf’s video, Alaap, followed by a conversation between the artist and K Allado-McDowell. Light refreshments will be served.

2PM Video Screening

2:30PM Conversation between Saraf & Allado-McDowell

Surabhi Saraf is a media artist, composer and founder of Centre for Emotional Materiality. Her practice explores our complex relationship with technology using embodiment as a tool and the body as a site for transformation. Surabhi is the recipient of the Eureka Fellowship Award by the Fleishhacker Foundation (2015), the Djerassi Resident Artist Award (2012) and the Artist + Process + Ideas Residency at Mills College Art Museum (2016). She was a 2019 Technology Resident at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, and 2020 resident at HarvestWorks, NY.

K Allado-McDowell is a writer, speaker, and musician. They are the author, with GPT-3, of the book Pharmako-AI, and are co-editor, with Ben Vickers, of The Atlas of Anomalous AI. They record and release music under the name Qenric. Allado-McDowell established the Artists + Machine Intelligence program at Google AI. They are a conference speaker, educator and consultant to think-tanks and institutions seeking to align their work with deeper traditions of human understanding.

Conversation with Lizzie O’Shea and Sam Dean

LIZZIE O’SHEA: FUTURE HISTORIES
In conversation with Sam Dean
Friday, January 24, 2020 at 2:00pm
Honor Fraser Gallery
Join us for this special event where Lizzie O’Shea will discuss her recently published book Future Histories with Sam Dean from the LA Times.
Please RSVP to vestoprevents@protonmail.com

Joe Sola in conversation with Jarett Kobek

When was the last time you read a novel that so clearly, with such wit, simplicity, and imagination captured the rage, love, and absurdity of our current west coast times; a book that rides the precipice of documentary and fiction? I just did, and it’s called, I Hate the Internet by Los Angeles author, Jarett Kobek. On Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 12pm I will be in conversation with Jarett to talk about some of the images from his books and some of the images in my work on view at Honor Fraser. I hope you can make it.
– Joe Sola

Joe Sola‘s films, performances, pictures and objects have been exhibited internationally in museums, galleries and fairs. His most well known work is Studio Visit, in which he jumped out of a window during studio visits. This artwork is currently on view in the YUZ Museum Shanghai as part of the exhibition In Production: Art and the Studio System.

Jarett Kobek is an internationally bestselling Turkish-American writer who lives in California. His work has been translated into nine languages and published in twelve countries. His books include ATTA, I Hate the Internet, and Do Every Thing Wrong!: XXXTentacion Against the World.

Conversation with Claudia Hart and Katie Hofstadter

Join Digital Combines curator Claudia Hart and Katie Hofstadter