ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, EZTV, LA ACM SIGGRAPH, and the City of West Hollywood present ONE Night: EZTV, LA ACM SIGGRAPH, and Digital Art in West Hollywood, an evening of performance and large-scale digital projections. This public art event will include large-scale digital projections onto an inflatable balloon hovering over the West Hollywood Park and exterior walls of the West Hollywood Library. Held in conjunction with the exhibition EZTV: Video Transfer at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum, ONE Night explores the contributions of two seminal artist communities based in Southern California: LA ACM SIGGRAPH and EZTV. Where the exhibition at the ONE Gallery looks at EZTV’s history in supporting queer video, ONE Night calls attention to the spaces’ similarly under-recognized contributions to early digital art. The event will showcase historical digital experimentations alongside contemporary work and performances.
ONE Night is inspired by an earlier projection event organized by digital artists Ron Hays and Joan Collins on March 25, 1988 to celebrate the opening of the Green Building at the Pacific Design Center. The event, More Sky, similarly included a large inflatable balloon onto which intricate digital projections were displayed. ONE Night seeks call attention to this event as well as other early digital art programs that occurred in Southern California during the 1980s.
ONE Night will feature new and historical projections by a number of artists with deep ties to both LA ACM SIGGRAPH and EZTV including Rebecca Allen, Joan Collins, Dave Curlender, Ed Emshwiller, Ron Hays, Kate Johnson, Shelley Lake, Michael J. Masucci, and Vibeke Sorensen.
Additionally, ONE Night will premier a live performance by Donna Sternberg & Dancers: Fly-By will feature dancers in duets with flying drones, each equipped with wireless cameras transmitting live video footage. The performance features music by David Raiklen, and a virtual “avatar dancer” transmitting live from The Hague by Vanessa Blaylock. The evening will conclude with a performance by musician Kate Crash.