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Fast forward and rewind - Group Art Show Opening Reception

Hangar 1018 presents:
Fast Forward and Rewind - Group Show
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 13, 9pm-1am

Hangar 1018
1018 S. Santa Fe St., Los Angeles, CA 90021
E-mail, info@hangar1018.com
Web site, http://www.hangar1018.com
Gallery hours, Monday Ė Wednesday, Friday, 12-4pm; Thursday, 6-9:30pm

FFWD / RWD takes a look at how the electronic age has shifted our
mentality. The world at large as well as the individual has made an
unrecognized leap in evolution as a result of this simple ability handed down
to us through the very things we've created. Throughout the history of time,
we have been obsessed with recording time, repeating events, prediction
and the like. The advent of the technological age has put this ability right into
the hands of every man, woman and child. We all have been empowered with
this ability in some way shape or form and it has inadvertently affected our
mentality. FFFWD & RWD takes a look at the past, present and future of this
shift by commenting on the result of taking our first steps toward a dream
that has fascinated the human mind since the dawn of reason.

Opening reception : Special Guests Spok-spok & Spokelina, Performances
By: Cherry Soda - circuit bending sound and dance performance and
Palenke Soul Tribe Electronic and visual performance and additional
atmosphere by: DJ Jasepi

$5 with rsvp href="mailto:rsvp@hangar1018.com">rsvp@hangar1018.com

FFWD / RWD takes a look at how the technological age has shifted our
mentality. The world at large as well as the individual has made an
unrecognized leap in evolution as a result of the abilities handed down to us
through the very things we've created.

Media is art, it always has been, and until the advent of the technological age,
it was generally untouchable. One could potentially manipulate static media,
but to manipulate it was merely to change it forever, and prior to the invention
of the record, one could not see or hear performance arts without being
present at a live performance. Even with the occurrence of repeating a
show, theory had itís foothold in the fact that nothing could not be performed
a second time exactly as it was, a painting could not be painted a second
time exactly as it was, etc. To put it bluntly, humans are incapable of
reproducing work without the use of mechanical reproduction. On the tail
end of this inability to reproduce work, historically speaking, people have
always been very limited in how they could handle and/or access media and
art.

The technological age made itís advancements quickly, and once capable, it
wasnít long before record players and video players (starting with the
projector) turned up in the average home. With those devices came a simple
and somewhat inherent option; devices as early as the record player came
with the option to move through media by selecting any given point on the
record to start at. Over a short period of time, the technology grew and
these options became a very basic part of the home record playing device,
of course the name of a recording had changed to ďcassetteĒ at this point in
time. Recording in and of itself was nothing new; weíve been doing it since
we figured out that 1+1=2, and there is no dependency on technology to allow
such an ability to take place. One has always been able to record a given
amount of information by simply writing it down. Itís not as accurate, but it
has always been an option none-the-less. The ability to manipulate media at
the touch of a button, however, was revolutionary, and once it found its place
in the common household, it became a very essential selling point as well as
a much revered option.

Without a second thought, every recording device since the cassette player
has recognized the need to shuffle through media as well as the consumerís
desire to repeat and relive experiences. The option to fast forward and
rewind through media has become an expected function with every media
player. As technology has pushed onward into modern times, these
functions have been implemented in nearly every technological advancement
within the media player realm.

FFWD to modern times; technology is in the home, and has quickly grown to
become a fundamental part of our lives. Needless to say, this has changed
everything, and it has given rise to more and more advanced forms of media
handling and more powerful media that give the consumer yet even more
control over the media they access and handle. It has created new
consumers, new markets, and new art forms. Reproduction of imagery has
led to collage; new forms of video art have evolved; DJís exist simply to
remix other artists work and melt them together as an art form; the computer
allows us to undo and redo mistakes and recreate lost media. A number of
art forms existing within the computer realm exist in part simply because of
this ability. As this trend continues, people are naturally becoming more
involved with the art forms they experience. By interacting with our media,
we donít want to just experience art; we want to become a part of it.

Now that we all have been empowered with this ability in some way shape or
form for several generations, the world has given birth to a media obsessed
generation. The use of technology and consumption of media has become
an almost natural part of life. Most of us donít know what to do without it and
a good majority of us identify ourselves through the media we choose to
experience repeatedly.

The buttons that we see on all of our media players; FFWD / RWD, are
symbolic of humanityís obsessive attachment to technology and to the media
that it was intended to play. They mark the beginning of a dramatic shift in
our behavior and our thinking.

FFFWD & RWD takes a look at the past, present and future of this shift by
commenting on the existing result of a technological age in the most effective
form of communication there has ever been: art.
 

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