Moments In Time

22 NOVEMBER 2013 – 8PM
Joe Duffy – Ada Kobusiewicz – James Mattise
Brenda Miller – Emma Piper-Burket – Karen Vilchis & Ninfa Sánchez
Simon Welch – Zhu Xiaowen

A collection of new experimental documentaries from artists working around the globe.

danub_treasure Danube Treasure (2013) by Polish artist Ada Kobusiewicz, is an experimental-documentary video about the condition of the contemporary world with its focus on waste in Danube river.

Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 1.29.31 AM James Mattise’s As Best I Can Remember (2013) is a short portrait reflection on the life of Samuel Mattise. Using found audio recordings, the film reflects on 1900s American culture, World War II, and a family dairy business in Jermyn, Pennsylvania.

Cast opening shot Cast (2012) by UK artist, Simon Welch meditates on a group of anglers night-fishing on a French beach. Illuminated only by their small headlamps, this relatively ordinary activity takes on an otherworldly aspect, becoming an allegory for contemporary life.

sulymuseum1 A Tour of the Sulaymaniyah Museum (2012) by Emma Piper-Burket is a silent document of the sparsely filled halls of the museum of antiquities in Iraqi Kurdistan.

terminal_version5_cc Terminal Island (2013) by Zhu Xiaowen is a visual and psychological journey inside a recycling company in the port of San Pedro, where the world of material ends and restarts.

HopeOfSalvation_Ninfa Sanchez Hope of Salvation (2013) by Mexican artists Karen Vilchis & Ninfa Sánchez follows the celebration of a rural religious festival.

duffy In UK artist Joe Duffy’s LANDFILL (2012), space is mapped and land is filled, through the animation of gps data co-ordinates and interconnected narrative excerpts with trashpickers and members of squatter communities in the slums of Jakarta.

Landscape still 1 1024 Landscape With Two Women (2013) by Brenda Miller considers the language of knitting used in the construction of lace shawls and intarsia socks worked by two expert amateur knitters.

The MIA (Moving Image Art) is a project of video artist Alanna Simone to promote the work of artists who use the moving image. Every 4th Friday at 8PM, the MIA series screens video art, experimental films, performance art, essay films and animation from local and international artists at the Armory Center for the Arts.


8PM – Friday, 22 November 2013
Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106

Suggested donation of $5

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Lucid Streaming

25 OCTOBER 2013 – 8PM

Jean-Guillaume Bastien – David Jacques
Francesca Lolli – Marcantonio Lunardi – Jonathan Monaghan
Marko Schiefelbein – Ellen Wetmore

LUCID STREAMING is a collection of new moving image work exploring political, cultural, historical, and mythological themes through surreal, dream-like imagery from artists in the US, Canada and Europe.

2A_RainbowNarcosis_Monaghan Jonathan Monaghan (US), Rainbow Narcosis. A 3D animation following a headless lamb through a series of otherworldly environments.

I_can_You_can_1c Marko Schiefelbein (Germany), I can. You can. A woman speaks directly to camera, a tangled declaration of ideals all phrases scraped from advertisements.

CollectiveInvention Ellen Wetmore (US), Collective Invention. What would that grand Rene Magritte inverted mermaid painting look like as a performance with a real woman on a real beach and one real, dead smelly fish?

default_3 Marcantonio Lunardi (Italy), Default. A man sits at a desk with a phone in an abandoned factory, on hold.

Déjà-vu-1 Jean-Guillaume Bastien (Canada), Déjà-vu. A collection of dream-like images, five women share a sense of déjà-vu.

Abaddon-Francesca_Lolli-2jpeg Francesca Lolli (Italy), Abaddon. Explores themes of race, gender, nationality, and sexuality against the backdrop of the Irish Trouble in a disorienting ensemble performance.

master updated.1677 David Jacques (UK), The Irlam House Bequest. In the style of a developing documentary, a series of drawings describes a fictitious collective; an anonymous politico-cultural entity.
8PM – Friday, 25 October 2013
Suggested donation of $5
Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106

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Peter Bo Rappmund

27 SEPTEMBER 2013 – 8PM

MIA is pleased to present two landscape films from Peter Bo Rappmund, Psychohydrography (2010) and TECTONICS (2012). Visually stunning with intricate, evocative soundtracks, both investigate the footprint of political and cultural constructs on the land itself. A discussion with the artist will follow the screening.


Psychohydrography (2010)
An analysis of the flow of water from mountain to aqueduct, city to sea. Shot at and around the Eastern Sierra Nevada, Owens Valley, Los Angeles Aqueduct, Los Angeles River and Pacific Ocean.

A survey of the physical qualities and metaphysical quandaries of the United States-Mexico border. Follows the boundary and its immediate surrounding topography incrementally from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean.

8PM – September 27, 2013
The Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

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Make Music Festival

1 JUNE 2013 — 1 to 6PM


MIA will be projecting video for the Armory’s stage during the Make Music Festival on June 1st starting at 1PM. Come on by and say hello!

1-6PM – June 1, 2013
The Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

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Limbic Resonance

26 APRIL 2013 – 8PM
Nadav Assor – Manfred Borsch – Jeffrey Curtis
Anikó Kuikka – Ashley Morgan – Karin Stohart
Karen Sztajnberg – Antoinette Zwirchmayr

MIA presents video art from eight international artists exploring how individuals experience different types of relationships between people and their bodies.

f3A security guard and a healer perform as themselves in Feelers (Esotropia Conversations II) (2012) by Nadav Assor, their practices of body-therapy and body-search highlighting the similarities and contrasts of their professions.

limbic_still_1An investigation of the body reacting to audio stimulus, limbic (2012) by German artist Manfred Borsch will give you the chills.

Transit-HalprinTransit (2012) by Jeffrey Curtis, is based on the astronomical phenomenon of the same name, it is an exploration of space, distance, and relationships.

anikokuikka02Depicting three stages of romantic relationships, <3 (2012) from Finnish artist Anikó Kuikka, strips the sweetness out of romance.

SHTM.3Using two florescent light bulbs, Ashley Morgan conveys the breakdown of a relationship in Stars Have Their Moment (2012).

Stothart_WhiteHorse_1Working with an actor and the familiar gesture of a kiss in White Horse (2012), Karin Stohart examines the construction and implications of romantic fantasy.

NOI STILL1Based on Daniel J. Siegel’s notion that what we remember are not the feelings associated with an intense experience, but the narrative created while undergoing it, Karen Sztajnberg documents a cast of people remembering of a moment of sexual inadequacy in The Narrative of Inadequacy (2012).

koerper1An evocative landscape film, no title (2012) by Austrian artist, Antoinette Zwirchmayr, is a dreamlike meditation on the body.

8PM – April 26, 2013
The Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

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Earth & Arts Festival

20 APRIL 2013 – 10AM-5PM
Chris Adler – Ellie Irons
Silvia Rigon – Tahir Ün

MIA is presenting a special pop-up exhibition for Pasadena’s Earth Day celebration, the Earth & Arts Festival. We’re taking over the mezzanine gallery inside the Armory with a selection of videos investigating pollution, ecology and landscape.

AdlerChris Adler, Situating Surface I: People Watching (2012)

Irons_Phytoplastic_screenshot1Ellie Irons, Phytoplastic (2012)

PantaRei_09Silvia Rigon, Panta Rei (2012)

pose2Tahir Ün, POSE (2011)

10AM-5PM – April 20, 2013
The Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

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Attentional Shift

22 March 2013 — 8PM
Rocky Horton – Stephanie Hough – Marco Mendeni
Jessica Miller – Zach Nader – Charmaine Ortiz
Mikey Peterson – Rembrandt Quiballo – Tahir Ün

MIA presents video art from nine artists working with repetition, manipulation and found footage on March 22nd. These artworks each focus the audience’s attention through selective editing and image manipulation in order to reveal secondary meanings behind the initial surface impression.
game THE GAME (2013) from Turkish artist Tahir Ün, interweaves footage taken in the town of Mardin on the Syrian border with footage from the conflict taking place just over that boundary.

Quiballo2 Blowout (2012) from Arizona based Rembrandt Quiballo, features video of explosions uploaded by American soldiers during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

MPeterson Anas Nebula Chicago based Mikey Peterson gives us Anas Nebula (2012), a stylized one-shot video where a collision dramatically alters the space, displacing the viewer and revealing that patterns made by the human mind are not always what they seem.

HowToDrawAWoman-Still-1 From North Carolina based Charmaine Ortiz, Search: “How to Draw a Woman”, Male Perspectives from YouTube Result Pages 1-50 (2012) is compiled from videos by male authors who describe the techniques and attributes necessary to draw a woman while simultaneously revealing their own expectations, prejudices, fears and desires in their instructions as well as visually in their drawings created from memory.

Nader2 In edited car commercials with the cars, people and text digitally removed, Brooklyn based Zach Nader reveals the spectacular landscapes and our expectations in optional features shown (2012)

Medium_temp2 At once humourous and poignant, Brooklyn based Jessica Miller consults with psychic mediums in a search for critcal advice from dead artists in The Medium (2012).

FOV01 Italian artist Marco Mendeni hacks videogames. In FOV01 (2012) he reveals only the digital landscapes that form the backdrop during normal play.

still2.jpg In I Don’t Wanna Talk About It (2012), Irish artist Stephanie Hough removed all of the dialoge from an infomercial, revealing the actors’ unconsious actions and behaviors.

Screen Shot 2013-03-05 at 11.50.52 AM Tennessee based Rocky Horton, gives us a wry take on pop stars and award shows with all the songs God is responsible for according to Grammy Awards acceptance speeches 1971-2012 (2012).

8PM – March 22, 2013
The Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

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8 March 2013 — 6-10PM
Filipe Rodrigues Afonso – Katja Bauman
Emmanuelle Nègre – Carolyn Radlo

ArtNight is a city-wide art party! From 6-10pm on March 8th, museums, galleries and art spaces all over Pasadena will open their doors for a night filled with music, performances and more. MIA will have a special one-night only installation of four international artists on display at the Armory.

Televisão Filipe Rodrigues Afonso, Televisão (2012)
Bird Katja Baumann, Bird (2011)
TheFan, 2012, Emmanuelle Nègre, (photo for publication) Emmanuelle Nègre, The Fan (2012)
CR_WhatIRemember Carolyn Radlo, What I Remember (2007)

6-10PM – March 8, 2013
The Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

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Same Ocean

22 February 2013 – 8PM

Bilsu Hacar – Seth Indigo Carnes
Johannes Gierlinger – Laura Kraning
Marcantonio Lunardi – Diran Lyons
Angelo Picozzi – Carlie Trosclair

MIA is pleased to present SAME OCEAN, a selection of experimental films and video art projects working with historical material. From the dark magik underlying the Jet Propulsion Labratory in the hills above Pasadena to the 45 individual seconds the atom bomb took to detonate over the city of Hiroshima, the machinations of the recent presidential election to the mire of Berlusconi’s Italy, these artworks are recontexturalizing individual moments we collectively recognize with new perspectives and comparisons.
still1_Keep_My_Pic_Sister Keep My Pic Sister (2012), from Turkish artist Bilsu Hacar is a short performance documentation that uses a paper cutout of a black burqa.
TotalDisintegration NYC based Seth Indigo Carnes focuses on 1920s avant-garde cinema, where objects and bodies fracture and dissolve into and through each other. Total Disintigration (2010) is a live cinematic generation working with videos as paint in a palette.
brokentime Broken Time (2011) from Austrian artist Johannes Gierlinger riffs on the cut up films of the Beats mixing dismembered pieces of footage with text and manipulated celluloid.
"Devil's Gate" by Laura Kraning Laura Kraning‘s Devil’s Gate (2011) depicts the physical and mythological terrain of Devil’s Gate Dam, located at the nexus of Pasadena’s historical relationship with technology and the occult, through an examination of Jack Parsons’ writings.
suspension_2 Trilogy of Decadence (2011-2012) by Marcantonio Lunardi evokes the omnipresence of Silvio Berlusconi in the last two decades of Italy’s history and the tension of waiting for a change followed by the 21 days that transformed the political system and sealed his downfall.
DIRAN LYONS - 99 PROBLEMS 1In the remix video 99 Problems (2012) by Diran Lyons, Barack Obama raps a modified version of Jay Z’s song by the same name. The revised lyrics cover subjects ranging from Occupy Wall Street, escalating energy costs, bank bailouts, “Fast and Furious,” Obama’s birth certificate, and the use of predator drones.
9Scottish artist Angelo Picozzi found a roll of 15 photographs which, upon inspection, contained three photographs taken in Hiroshima, Japan sometime shortly after the atomic bom was dropped over the city. 00:00:45:00 (2007) takes its temporal duration from the time it took “Little Boy” to explode over the city after its release from “Engola Gay.”
KowalskyAn abandoned interior is given a new skin in Carlie Trosclair‘s Kowalsky Intervention (2012) re-structuring and re-imagining our understanding of the physical space.

8PM – February 22, 2013
The Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

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Water, Water Everywhere

Michel Varisco, from Shifting

Michel Varisco, from Shifting

a touring new media exhibition and film festival exploring water issues
curated by Jennifer Heath
26 January 2013 ~ 12:30PM – 8PM

Evan Abramson & Carmen Elsa Lopez – Diane Armitage
Ruben Aubrecht – Krisanne Baker – Christine Baeumler
Manoj Baviskar – Äsa Maria Bengtsson & Ewa Cedarstram
Beth Block – Jaap Blonk – Claudia Borgna – James Brady
Jacques del Conte – Robert Ladislas Derr
Mary Rachel Fanning – Diego Fiori – Georgie Friedman
Friends of the Earth Middle East – J. Gluckstern
Henry Gwiazda – Monika Hapsari – Jason Houston
International Rivers, Inc. – Basia Irland
Robin Johnston – Pat Law – Liz Marshall – Smriti Mehra
Patrizia Monzani – Fiammetta De Michele – Jessica Plumb
Carolyn Radlo & Alanna Simone – Tobias Rosenberger
Alka Sadat – Gazelle Samizay – Eric Slatkin & Tess Thackara
Swarathma – Michel Varisco – Susanne Wiegner

The MIA screening series is pleased to present the traveling exhibition, Water, Water Everywhere in a special festival of four screenings, Saturday, January 26th, 2013. Water is the world’s most crucial commodity and the basis for all earthly life. Its preservation and protection may be our greatest environmental challenge. The global water crisis affects everyone, from those lacking enough to those experiencing uncontrollable floods that wipe away homes and land and wildlife.

Water, Water Everywhere is comprised of 30-second to 30-minute films from forty-five artists worldwide exploring water issues from the political to the personal and from ethics to aesthetics, with works that are documentary, experimental, educational, humorous, solemn, animated and acted. The exhibition began traveling to arts, educational, environmental, science, and other organizations and institutions beginning in August 2012 and is scheduled to tour through 2017.

 J. Gluckstern, from Ditches of Boulder (The Ditch Project)

J. Gluckstern, from Ditches of Boulder (The Ditch Project)

12:30PM – Part 1: We’re All Downstream
Tsunami (appropriation), Louisiana (Fiammetta De Michele/Italy), Shifting (Michel Varisco/USA), Floodland Study #1—visible measures (James Brady/UK), A River Runs Through Us (International Rivers, Inc./USA), Poise of Tides (Claudia Borgna/UK-USA-Italy), Ditches of Boulder (J. Gluckstern/USA) Im/pure (Gazelle Samizay/USA) A Colossal Fracking Mess (Jacques del Conte/USA), Constant Dripping & No Escape (Susanne Wiegner/Germany), Indonesian Borneo: Water Meditation (Jason Houston/USA)

Claudia Borgna, from Sweep & Weep, Weep & Sweep

Claudia Borgna, from Sweep & Weep, Weep & Sweep

2:30PM – Part 2: Our Cup Runneth…
Book of Drought (Basia Irland/USA), Left (Gazelle Samizay/USA), FLOW (Äsa Maria Bengtsson & Ewa Cedarstam/Sweden), I Came… I Saw…Prayed for Someone Whom I Love (Manoj Baviskar/India), Flababble #1 (Jaap Blonk/The Netherlands), Surfacing (Christine Baeumler/USA), One Plastic Beach (Eric Slatkin & Tess Thackara/USA), Sweep & Weep (Claudia Borgna/UK-USA-Italy), Sevastopol in August (Tobias Rosenberger/Germany), Silenzio: Birth and Death of the Alter Ego (Diego Fiori/Italy-Austria), The Great River (Diane Armitage/USA), World Water Crises: Potential Effects/Cumulative Effects (Krisanne Baker/USA), Amazon Twilight (Christine Baeumler /USA)

Friends of the Earth Middle East, from Good Water Neighbors

Friends of the Earth Middle East, from Good Water Neighbors

4:30PM – Part 3: A Commons. A Public Trust. A Human Right.
Conservation of Momentum (Robert Ladislas Derr/USA), A Gathering of the Waters (Basia Irland/USA), Rice Relief (Carolyn Radlo & Alanna Simone/USA), Good Water Neighbors (Friends of the Earth Middle East/Palestine-Jordan-Israel), Upstream, Downstream (In our Bloodstreams) (Krisanne Baker/USA), Big Trash (Monika Hapsari/Indonesia), Tade (Impediment) (Smriti Mehra/India), The Trophy (Mary Rachel Fanning/USA), there’s whispering (Henry Gwiazda/USA), The Kabul Sea (Alka Sadat/Afghanistan)

Liz Marshall, from Water on the Table

Liz Marshall, from Water on the Table

6:30PM – Part 4: Every Drop a World
found footage (Patrizia Monzani/Italy), Death of Light in Symmetry (Robin Johnston/Scotland), Excerpt from Water on the Table (Liz Marshall/Canada), Pyassi (The Thirsty) (Swarathma/India), Carbon for Water (Evan Abramson & Carmen Elsa Lopez/USA), Climate Change: An Intimate Portrait (Jessica Plumb/USA), Leaky Mountain (Beth Block/USA), Voyage (Pat Law/Scotland), Light of the Storm (Georgie Friedman/USA), This Will Be the Last (Gazelle Samizay/USA), Indonesian Borneo: Rain Meditation (Jason Houston/USA)

April (Ruben Aubrecht/Germany) will play on a loop during the breaks between screenings.

MIA presents Water, Water Everywhere: Paean to a Vanishing Resource
January 26, 2013
12:30PM – Part 1: We’re All Downstream
2:30PM – Part 2: Our Cup Runneth…
4:30PM – Part 3: A Commons. A Public Trust. A Human Right.
6:30PM – Part 4: Every Drop a World

The Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

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