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