LA Freewaves, the most extensive media arts advocate in the country, presents TV or NOT TV, its 8th Celebration of Experimental Media Arts, throughout Los Angeles during the entire month of November 2002. Over the past 13 years, LA Freewaves has become an unparalleled Southern California phenomenon, presenting artists who are inventing the future of art, culture and media.
This year’s festival presents over 300 films, videos and new media works in panel discussions, performance events, exhibitions, outdoor community screenings and television broadcasts. Most events and exhibits are free of charge, with approximately three percent requiring nominal fees for entrance or parking. Daily, from November 1st – 30th, the festival will infuse 65 venues, television, the web and 3 video billboards with the newest, most innovative media art from around the world. 350 artists will warp, twist and redefine the distances between daily life experience and televised reality, presenting puzzling questions and dynamic alternatives to corporate-filtered entertainment and alarmist, biased news reporting.
On Friday, November 1st, TV or NOT TV officially kicked off with a film and video screening at Cal Arts, a month-long South American exhibit at Iturralde Gallery on La Brea and a full evening of events in Chinatown, featuring multiple gallery openings in and around Chung King Road, multi-media art at internet cafes, public address system infiltrations, and large scale street projections.
TV or not TV? In addition to visiting the 65 museums, art galleries, night clubs, colleges and universities, film theatres, art centers, karaoke bars and Internet cafes all over Los Angeles, you can also turn on your television and tune in to KCET 28 at 11:00pm every Sunday night throughout November or LA Channel 36 every Monday night at 10:00pm. Also, Pasadena Channel 56 will run 2-hour blocks in rotation of TV or NOT TV programming.
Much of the festival goes down online as well. Watch for comprehensive video streaming, calendar of events, artists’ bios and links, archives of past LA Freewaves’ festivals, their extensive media resource tools and complete festival details.

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