Video games have finally reached a point of legitimacy. It isn’t some little thing you play around with friends casually anymore but big business entertainment that can influence, challenge, and stimulate you in more ways than any other medium can. I wouldn’t say Los Angeles is by any means a video game capital but there is a new effort being made that could potentially start a movement to make video games and the surrounding culture an intellectual playground. LA Game Space is a nonprofit based in the Arts District Downtown that is dedicated to exploring, educating, and engaging people through video games. They could lead a revolution!
We feel like a lot of people always forget about KPCC’s wonderful photo blog KPSeeSee. We follow them on Tumblr and always are seeing curious things they are sharing from the work of local photographers to news photos from around the world. They recently shared the work of former Angeleno Svjetlana Tepavcevic and her project Means Of Reproduction. It’s a nature study that is really, really pretty and born from a very LA experience.
Steven Harrington is always doing something. He’s had a big art show this year, continued collaboration with Generic Surplus, and keeps doing his thing with National Forest. He’s one of the town’s busiest! What’s new with him? He has recently collaborated with renowned Dutch makers Case Studyo to make bring new sculpture The Thinker into a porcelain reality.
Gold & Soil are a Topanga based duo consisting of Ana Caravelle and Ryan York. They make sparkly, layered music that very much seems to be a response to nature (which is likely the influence of living in Topanga Canyon). Their music glows from Carvelle’s folksy vocals, which are cocooned in a thick layer of warped strings.
Dublab has been an LA institution of new music. Created by 3 KSCR students in 1999, the amorphous project has attracted the best in experimental and electronic music since its inception. Anyone from Ariel Pink to Four Tet to Animal Collective to Z-Trip could be expected at a Dublab party or record. Not content to be merely an “event,” an “occurrence,” or a “internet radio station,” the brand bills itself as a part of the Future Roots movement (even naming the non-profit company Future Roots Inc.)