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Remixing & Crowdsourcing: Creators Series Showcases the Aesthetic of the New Millennium

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"I'm not trying, nor would I want to, to bring down the entire Hollywood filmmaking system or all of capitalism. And if I did, I'd probably get assassinated long before then," says Matt Hanson with a laugh, as he shows me around the gallery space for The Creators Series, a multi-media and performance event that visits Los Angeles this weekend.

Unlike a traditional art exhibit or film festival, The Creators Series serves as a showcase for a wide span of creative ideas that bridge everything from street art to environmental design to moviemaking to social interfacing to digital technology.

Launched by some of the same folks who were instrumental in creating the now (mostly) defunct RESFEST and RES magazine, The Creators Series features the large-scale, "perversionist" paintings of Nieto alongside work from "reverse graffiti" artist Paul Moose Curtis (he makes art by cleaning public walls and sidewalks) alongside the writings of "solutions-based journalist" Sarah Rich (she focuses on inventions and ideas that will create sustainable change) alongside performances from bands like "punk/noise/artcore" duo No Age and "new wave soul" musician Reggie Watts.

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The common thread running through these exhibits is an unalloyed faith in the wisdom of crowds. If these truly are the "creators of tomorrow," then the aesthetic of tomorrow is collaboration and open-source creativity.


Nowhere is this clearer than in the work of Hanson, a noted author, filmmaker and "film futurist" whose latest project, A Swarm Of Angels, is a crowdfunded, open-source film that will be made collaboratively with an international community of online participants. The final film, as well as some of the raw video and audio, will then be given away free to participants, who will be able to download, remix and create their own works from the media.

Though Hanson doesn’t expect this experiment to topple the dominance of the Hollywood studio system, he does hope that digital-age filmmaking techniques coupled with the social power of the Web will offer a new paradigm for independent film production, or as he half-jokingly calls it, Cinema 2.0.

The work of Hanson and a host of other artists will be on display from Friday to Sunday at The Rec Center in Echo Park. Just down the street EchoPlex will play host to several panel discussions and performances. Click here for a full schedule.

WHEN: Friday, June 15 - Sunday, June 17
WHERE: The Rec Center
1161 Logan Street, Echo Park

WHERE: EchoPlex
1156 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park