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At our salons, we get together to screen and discuss new experimental film and video works. Artists are invited to submit their works for screening at the salon, and we follow the screening of the films with an informal discussion of techniques and artistic process. The salons are a very important activity for us because they represent the fulfillment of three (and sometimes all four) of our programs. The gathering of artistic minds enriches our Community; the informal screenings add to our Exhibition roster; the photos, video and transcripts create primary resources to bolster our Research program; and - when we screen preserved works - we are showcasing our Preservation efforts.

Below we have listed information on upcoming salons, as well as compiled resources from salons past. When discussion occurs and artists speak about their process, we try to record as much of that interchange as we can. Using Overstream, we have begun transcribing the Q&As so that they can become primary resource documents. By doing this, those outside the LA area can benefit from the salons as well.
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Celestial Dance
Bill Alves

July 18th, 2011 Salon | Dimension | Mandrake Bar
The use of depth, shape, form and color all to create the illusion of space and dimension. Click the link above to learn more about the Salon, the films and the topic. Festivities will begin at 7:30pm
Mandrake Bar is located in Culver City at 2692 S La Cienega Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90034 (between Venice Blvd and Washington Blvd)

The Green Child
Sky David

February 17, 2011 Salon | Abstracting the External | UCLA
Projections of beautiful abstract imagery that shows us a window into the external world - vegetation, rural, floral - all from a alternative world. Far beyond the reaches of the metropolis there is a place where gardens grow. Join us at UCLA's Broad Art Center - a deck and lounge area is waiting with glimpses of this world. Feel free to sit outside or in the comfort of the warm interior and grab a coffee inside. As always bring your thinking caps because at our salons discussion is just as important as viewing.

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