Announcement: Travelogue
Films by Bill Brown and a video installation by Bia Gayotto
May 22 at 7:00pm

Hosted at g727, 727 S. Spring St. in downtown LA
All welcome, $mall donation, popcorn and beer…

Bill Brown

Confederation Park (1999), The Other Side (2006), Mountain State (2003)
Bill Brown is a “nomadic” filmmaker, photographer, and author from Lubbock, Texas. He has produced films on the United States–Mexico border, North Dakota missile silos, the Trans-Canada Highway, among other places. The films have been exhibited at numerous film festivals and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He describes his films as postcards with a pretty picture but instead of words on the back, his films are narrated with voiceover.

Bia Gayotto
Xing LA: From Altadena to Long Beach (2008)

Xing LA is an investigation of the mobile space of the commute, exploring three parallel routes by foot, by train, and by car. From “footslogging” to modern modes of transportation, the travelogue provides a portrait of Los Angeles, examining how the route and the experience of the route change depending on the mode of travel.

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Announcement: Photocartographies Exhibition at g727

Opening Reception, May 16 at 7:00pm
727 south spring street
downtown los angeles, ca 90014
May 16-June 30, Fri/Sat 1-6

The artwork collected in this exhibition is a survey of diverse perspectives projected along the horizon of our mappable world. The geography created by these artists is not only physical, but psycho-social. Although much of the work employs photography, there is a welcome uncertainty in these images-objects which reflect the shifting, contested and mysterious nature of our current cultural, environmental and built landscapes.

Presenting Anthony Auerbach, Katherine E. Bash, Noah Beil, Cris Benton, Frank Gohlke, Gregory Michael Hernandez, David Horvitz, David Maisel, Adam Ryder, Nikolas Schiller, Oraib Toukan, and Angie Waller.

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Shaping LA, Panel Discussion
Maps for Planning, Developing and Resisting the city
June 23

Join us for a panel discussion with Meredith Drake, Liz Falletta, Lewis MacAdams and Andrew Montealegre – moderated by James Rojas.

“While most people use maps for directions, all our activity – where we work, play, eat – are color coded on a zoning map which describes where these daily performances can legally take place. However, the general public rarely sees these life shaping maps because they really don’t care. The vast majorities of people view their home, lifestyle, and mobility patterns as choices rather than something predetermined or conditioned.”

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enGage ludiCity
A Situationist-inspired ludic urban action with UCLA’s REMAP
personal distruptive ludiC Actions: June 13 to June 19
collective situationist ludiC enGagement: June 20

Saturday June 20 at g727
Daylight Engagement: 4pm to 6:30pm
Night Engagement: 9:30pm to 12midnight

enGage ludiCity is a Situationist-inspired ludic urban action (detournement / derive) using mobile technology for collective design and reflection on the psychogeography and historicity of Los Angeles. A Cultural Civic Computing experience by UCLA’s Center for Research in Engineering Media and Performance (REMAP).

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The term “ludic” refers to any situation or activity relating to play or playfulness. As was the case for the Situationist International movement, playfulness is a key component of this project. Participants are invited to explore the city as a “ludic space” and to experience the city through “ludic actions”. The intention is to disrupt capitalist psychogeographic tendencies and promote new ways of seeing and thinking the city.

For one week leading up to the collective engagment (June 13-20), participants will generate information about the city by logging locations and actions with their phones using text messages. On June 20th everyone is invited to explore downtown LA using new maps created from this accumulated information.

The process is structured in 3 stages:

    A) Personal Disruptive Ludic Actions (ludus constituo)
    + Participants create and register a Fictitious Identity at
    + The enGage ludiCity Situationist Messaging System (sms) sends random ludic action requests to each participant’s cell phones. Participants send feedback on the performed/completed actions.
    + Through their ludic actions and feedback the evolving Situationist Ludic Map at is created by the participants.

    B) Collective Situationist Ludic Engagement (ludis locus)
    + Participants gather to explore downtown using the collectively-created Situationist Ludic Map and sets of Situationist Dérive Instructions generated from the ludic actions feedback.
    + As they explore downtown participants engage in repurposing and transformative activities (detournement).
    + Participants are equipped with mobile technology to generate automatic documentation (paths, sounds, images) of their Situationist experience.

    C) Reflexive Situationist Dialogue (ludis meditor)
    + Participants and others will be able to access all of the materials generated in the first two stages, comment and dialogue about them.

We hope you will join us for all three stages of the experimental process. But you can choose any combination that fit your schedule and interest. We do ask you to please register using the form at

The Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance is a joint effort of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. REMAP bridges the world-class faculty and students of HSSEAS and TFT to explore new enriching cultural forms and empowering social situations enabled by the thoughtful interweaving of engineering, the arts and community development.

“In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their relations, their work and leisure activities, and all their other usual motives for movement and action, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there. Chance is a less important factor in this activity than one might think: from a dérive point of view cities have psychogeographical contours, with constant currents, fixed points and vortexes that strongly discourage entry into or exit from certain zones.” (From Guy Debord’s Theory of the Dérive)

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Opening May 16, 7-10
Gallery, Friday+Saturday 1-6
727 south spring street
downtown los angeles, ca 90014

g727 seeks to generate dialogues on artistic representations and interpretations of the urban landscape. The building blocks of a city comprise more than simply buildings, streets, and sidewalks. They equally encompass personal experience, collective memory and narratives. These are the less tangible, but no less integral elements that transform mere infrastructure into place. Through photography, painting, writing and video installations, artists open our eyes to these elements and heighten our awareness of what makes a place a place. g727 welcomes these artists to its space to help us all better understand the complex nature of cities and the urban condition. (recent g727 interview)

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