|SAT. 4/19: ERIK DAVIS' RICK GRIFFIN & THE FLYING EYEBALL +
OC is once again honored to host thee lightning-rod of "pulp mysticism", our long-lost prodigal son Erik Davis, now returned to his SF stomping-grounds after doctoral studies. In a compelling meta-commentary on 60s West Coast counter-cultural identity, here Erik's slide-show unpacks the complex personality and career of Rick Griffin, a true California psychonaut who graduated from his surfer-boy beginnings (Pacific Vibrations) to the higher states of psychedelic art, there to develop the classic visual tropes, including the famous flying eyeball of many a rock poster. Opening is Trashman, an eye-popping short on Mission graphic legend Spain Rodriguez, a much-loved underground comix artist of the same period. AND liquid light show by Josh Harper!
Welcome to Issue 26! This time around, our contributors have formed a remarkably cohesive issue that sits at the intersection of radically different media, themes, and practices. We encourage you to use this issue (and our Comments section) as a platform for jumpstarting critical discussion, revolutionary praxis, and radical breaks from the everyday. Accompanying this season, our blog will feature two of this issue's contributors on our Blog section every two weeks, framing the greater implications of their work in dialogue with accompanying relevant media. Until then, enjoy Issue 26!
Headlining our collection on (Dis)continuity, Australian dynamic duo SODA_JERK launches our issue with a manifesto of/on appropriation and collage, while Jesse Drew explores the history of these forms and their contemporary applications. Dr. Patrick Tarrant of England contrasts this with an exploration and explication of radical continuity through his own film, "Everything is Everyday." Finally, ghost written in the void itself, an anonymous contributor discursively elucidates nostalgia and film, the Boston bombings, Ryan Trecartin, and the very insanity of dichotomy.
Huckleberry Lain, projectionist of the RedCat theater in LA, unveils one of three Psychogeographies with a retrospective interrogation of The Park Theatre's destruction in Menlo Park, as well as the intersections of collective memory and property. Following, Julianna Schley truly remembers "Good Will Hunting", and Archimedia enters the ether with a comprehensive socialist history (and potential future) of wearable computing.
In review, longtime contributor Molly Hankwitz offers a complete rundown of one toolbox for revolution, and Anderwald & Grond discuss the stakes of their most recent curatorial effort, HASENHERZ. Kevin Obsatz also draws from a new politics of agricultural consumption to propose new forms of media production and consumption.
Finally, Issue 26 is pleased to host four Artist Projects: Alexei Dmitriev remixes WWII and canonical Hollywood footage into a hermeneutical meltdown, Clint Enns questions unaltered found art in its purity through a series of photographs, Craig Baldwin paradoxically rejects and embraces stereoscopic mind-control, and Angie Eng wraps up our issue with several endings.
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