STAR TECH!

Meet five LA artists who are spark­ing an avant-dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion.

Los Angeles Confidential - - Contents - BY RE­BECCA BLOOM JULIE WEITZ The Film Star

At the in­ter­sec­tion of art and tech­nol­ogy, a new gen­er­a­tion of con­tem­po­rary artists is look­ing towards less tra­di­tional medi­ums to in­form and im­ple­ment its artis­tic vi­sions. Paint and ink, can­vas and clay—they’re ei­ther be­ing tossed aside or used in com­bi­na­tion with blos­som­ing tech­no­log­i­cal tools to in­vent new and ex­cit­ing forms of ex­pres­sion. This dig­i­tal move­ment, which be­gan with video art pioneers such as Bill Vi­ola, Nam June Paik, and Vito Ac­conci, is now be­ing pushed, pulled, and rein­ter­preted by the lat­est cul­tural trail­blaz­ers. From cre­at­ing largescale en­vi­ron­ments with video in­stal­la­tion to us­ing so­cial me­dia as acts of protest and blur­ring the lines be­tween paint­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy, LA artists Julie Weitz, Brian Bress, Diana Thater, Mi­col He­bron, and Owen Kydd are in­no­va­tors to watch in this ever-grow­ing medium.

De­scribe your process. I sketch sto­ry­boards, make molds, and de­sign sets and take pho­to­graphs. These even­tu­ally lead me to shoot­ing video. I play al­most ev­ery role in the film­mak­ing process: prop master, set de­signer, per­former,

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