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    Film by Eric Minh Swenson. On view at LACMA. Jori Finkel, LA Times : What do billionaire art collectors and train-obsessed 5-year-olds have in common? They're both drawn to Chris Burden's "Metropolis II," an epic art installation that looks like a toy racetrack or train set on speed. When Burden briefly opened his studio in Topanga Canyon a year ago to unveil the work, it was an instant hit with contemporary art collectors. One, Nicolas Berggruen, bought the work and promptly loaned it to LACMA for at least 10 years. Now it's also getting high marks from the preschool and grade-school set. The artwork does not officially go on display at LACMA until Jan. 14, but the museum organized a series of unannounced trial runs last week to take it through its final testing, and museum visitors of various ages found their way to the car-fueled spectacle. Granted, it was hard to actually hear every gasp over the din of the traffic — a loud sound effect that the artist has called a "happy accident." But you could see the excitement, with some kids running, jumping, or dragging their parents closer and others staring, mesmerized, like babies watching TV. The artwork, four years in the making, features about 1,100 Hot Wheels-sized (but custom-made) cars coursing so quickly through 18 lines of traffic that you can see 100,000 cars passing through the system in an hour. There are also about a dozen trains. It resembles a miniature city, complete with a tangle of freeways and pockets of buildings in various styles — a log cabin here, a glittering Art Deco skyscraper there, an Eiffel Tower lookalike in the distance. Caterina Roiatti from New York said her son Massimo, 5, spotted the exhibition from the Richard Serra sculpture just across the way. Her son was on the move, running in large circles around the piece. He moved too fast for a writer to talk to him. "He is obsessed," his mother said. "I don't know how we'll get him out of here." What was her reaction? "We're architects. I'm not so interested in the cars, but I like some of the buildings," Roiatti said. "They are simplified and abstract in interesting ways." Entertainment lawyer Erik Hyman, 43, was holding one of his 3-year-old twin daughters on his hip. Her reaction was of the silent sort: She reached out as if to grab a car. "You can't touch it because it's delicate," her father said. Then Hyman put his own reaction in words: "I am not a sophisticated art person," he said. "But I think this will be a gargantuan hit for the museum. Who wouldn't love it?" Nearby a group of twentysomething hair stylists, dressed in black shirts and black jeans or leggings, looked mesmerized. Rafael Mercado, Aaron Reid, and Alyssa Elliott said they were students at the Toni and Guy hair academy who just happened to follow the crowds to the gallery. All had smartphones out to take pictures. "I want this at my house. I want to live with it, or inside it. I don't really have the space for it, maybe I'd put it in the garage," said Mercado, who said it reminded him of how much he loved trains as a kid. "I still have a Thomas the Tank Engine pillow somewhere."

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    • Touch Sweet Touch / Sony A7r


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      Music: Touch by Daft Punk / lyrics & vocal by Paul Williams Los Angeles County Museum Urban Light installation by Chris Burden Canon FD 17mm f4 / Canon FD 60-300mm Edited in Premiere Pro & graded with FilmConvert

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      • CB x Biggie (part of Zachary Adrian Combs' " Performance Giants" series)


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        This video is part of my effort at defining the word "recontextualization" through artworks. In this case Chris Burden meets Biggie Smalls in an installment of my series "Performance Giants". This video is from late Fall, 2011.

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          Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by Sam Webster The Frostig Collection is an ongoing series of artworks by some of today's most compelling and well-known artists. The Collection was created by Frostig parents to bring a much-needed social skills program to the renowned Frostig Center in Pasadena California. The Frostig Center is recognized throughout the world as a leader in both research and the education of students with learning disabilities. Many children with learning disabilities have a serious social disability as well. Without intervention, these children can become adults who have no friends or intimate relationships, have difficulty finding jobs or work at a job that is way below their potential, and are at risk for becoming extremely depressed and even suicidal. Through the phenomenal sales of the 2005 Collection, the Frostig Center was able to hire a permanent Social Skills Director. With the addition of a new collection each year, the Frostig Center continues to spearhead its pilot program that will later be used in schools throughout the country. Every artwork purchased leads these exceptional children to experience happier, more fulfilling lives. This extraordinary social skills program would not exist if not for the volunteers and Frostig staff who put in countless hours to assure its success. The Frostig Center would like to especially thank Chris Piazza of the Pour House Art Foundry for his beautiful bronze castings, Toby Michel of Angeles Press for his exquisite prints, Co-Founder Celia Piazza and the Collection’s curator Kate Stern for coordinating the art project all these years. “What is precious in this world to most people is the emotional richness of close, loving relationships that bring us boundless joy, as well as sorrow, pride, frustration, and anger. Our mates, our children, our parents, relatives, and friends are the foundations of our emotional life, and will continue to be so. For this reason, relationships are as important as the three R’s... Adults with learning disabilities tell us that the loneliness of not having friends and meaningful relationships produces pain that is frequently far more insidious than the inability to read.” - See more at: http://www.thefrostigcollection.org/about.php#sthash.yw90qWv4.dpuf The Frostig Center is celebrating over 60 years of excellence in serving children with learning disabilities. The Center is dedicated to helping children reach their full potential through an integrated approach of primary research, community outreach programs and the Frostig School The mission of The Frostig Center is to improve the lives of children with learning disabilities through an integrated program of education, research and community outreach. For more info on Eric Minh Swenson visit his website at thuvanarts.com. His art films can be seen at thuvanarts.com/take1

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          • Reynir Hutber, Waiting to Fall, Excerpt from 'infinite' video, 2011


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            http://reynirhutber.blogspot.co.uk/ Waiting to Fall (infinite) video of site-specific performance The Catlin Art Prize 2011, The Tramshed, Shoreditch. 'Waiting to Fall' is a site-specific video of myself hanging from one of the Tramshed's vast infra-structure of metal Ibeams. The Tramshed was dissected into a number of cubicles for the exhibition. My space was empty (apart from the screen that showed the performance). When an audience member approached the screen they were directly beneath the space where I had been hanging. I was holding on by the tips of my fingers like Bas Jan Ader, hanging from the fragile branch of a tall tree in his seminal video 'Fall (Organic)', 1971. Although my actions may have looked dangerous at first glance, on closer inspection the video revealed itself to be a heavily manipulated document. A short clip had been looped so as to extend the expectation of the fall forever and was framed so as to conceal all health and safety precautions. Because of the low resolution of the digital video it was hard to know if the event had actually taken place at all or if the image was a collage contrived in post production.

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            • i can watch this for hours.


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              Chris Burden's Metropolis II is an intense kinetic sculpture, modeled after a fast paced, frenetic modern city.

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              • Chris Burden – The Flying Steamroller


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                Site specific installation by Chris Burden. Exhibition “Chris Burden. Beyond the Limits” at the MAK, Vienna, 1996

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                • What is SLG Local?


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                  South London Gallery Director Margot Heller and Head of Education Frances William answer the question "What is SLG Local?" They chat about the inspiration behind the project and some of the gallery's earlier off-site projects which happens to include a flying a steamroller... http://www.recreativeuk.com/resource/slg-local

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                  • Metropolis II


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                    I cut together a few short clips of Chris Burden's Metropolis II installation at LACMA in action.

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                    • Metropolis II - clip 04


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                      From a series of short clips documenting Chris Burden's Metropolis II installation at LACMA.

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