Announces Kick-Off Event For Its 2002 Festival and Panel
“TV or Not
TV”at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles On Thursday,
January 31st at 7:30pm
Los Angeles, CA - This year, LA’s essential
media arts organization,
Freewaves announces its kick-off event for "TV or
Not TV", the umbrella title for 2002's ambitious schedule
of public events. For the first time in the festival’s
13-year history, festival organizers will present an
eight-part series of panel discussions leading up to
November's biannual arts festival.
The first event will be a high profile evening
at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles’ Ahmanson
Auditorium (250 S. Grand Avenue, in downtown LA) on
Thursday, January 31, 2002 from 7:30pm - 10:00pm. The event,
free to the public, will include refreshments, short
screenings and a panel discussion with invited guest speakers.
The panel series will explore the creation of a
mass media outlet for the arts. It will formulate a
non-profit model with various income sources to disseminate
media arts as well as the various arts of underrepresented
audiences. The eight public panel discussions will elicit a
collective vision from the educational, art, technology and
The guest speakers for the January 31st
event at MOCA include:
Moderator - faculty at USC Annenberg School of Communication
- KCET Director of Programming, former PBS producer for “Egg”
(segment producer) and “POV” (Supervising Producer)
- Co-founder of Deep Dish TV, founder of Paper Tiger TV, media
- founder of E! Entertainment, Steeplechase Media and Comspan
- Consultant launching WorldLink TV, Exec. Producer of “Alive
from Off Center”, and Exec. Producer for the animated film
Each panelist will present his/her views of the
following questions and then engage each other, along with the
public, in a discussion. The main questions to address
Where are the
arts on TV?
Could the arts
be mass distributed?
Is it possible
now to start a nonprofit culture TV channel?
Internet be a viable alternative or complement?
The eight planned “TV or Not TV” panel
discussions will take place at key public arts and educational
institutions in Los Angeles beginning on January 31st
and will culminate in the midst of LA Freewaves’ 8th
celebration of experimental media arts, in November.
Throughout the panel discussion series the public is invited
to interact with leading edge artists, broadcast industry
heavyweights, and progressive educators who will discuss,
analyze, demonstrate, debate and showcase a multitude of media
arts reaching a wider global audience.
Through these important panel discussions, LA
Freewaves, along with everyone who participates, will create a
feasible non-profit model for a culture channel on satellite
TV or the Internet.
As a coalition of arts organizations, schools,
libraries, cable stations, and curators, LA Freewaves produces
a major festival of experimental arts every two years. Since
1989, renegade artist and festival director Anne Bray
has presented hundreds of artists in diverse locales across
Los Angeles County for the entire month of celebration. LA
Freewave’s biannual festival is now LA's oldest, biggest and
most enduring media arts festival. This year will mark LA
Freewave’s 8th biannual festival of media and experimental
arts with the goal, as always, to serve the needs of the
artist and audience alike by providing a diverse forum to
share their works and ideas.
The evening also marks the official open call
for entries for this year's 8th biannual LA Freewaves art
festival in November. So BYOT (Bring Your Own Tape) or visit
Freewaves Web site for submission guidelines and
address. Deadline for open call is March 15, 2002.
For more information please contact Lynn Hasty at Green
Galactic 323-466-5141 or