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Captive Audience: Video Art Installation Now Airing On All 2200 L.A. Metro Buses

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A collaboration of Los Angeles-based media arts organizations has launched the first mobile community TV network with the help of Transit TV. Out the Window is a video art installation of 40 short films currently airing on all 2200 L.A. Metro buses covering 4000 sq miles of LA County, say organizers. The films, presented across the entire Los Angeles County Metro bus system, seeks to share "diverse perspectives on Los Angeles, as seen through the creative eyes of its young people."

75 high school students recently made the videos with artist teachers at Echo Park Film Center and with Public Matters at East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy and Pilipino Workers Center; coordinated by Freewaves with the conceptual and technical direction of UCLA REMAP.

The shorts will be airing 5 minutes of every half hour from 6:00 a.m. until Midnight today and tomorrow (June 16 & 17) and for 45 minutes of every hour over the weekend (June 18 &19).

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Transit TV is donating use of their interactive TV system for the youth to screen their videos and question 1.2 million daily riders via text messages. The project links physical and virtual worlds through digital media portraits of places, offering views from different neighborhoods up to the city and region at large. Out the Window aims to create a mosaic of the many social, cultural, economic and creative layers of this complex American city.