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Saturday, February 28

Agency Assembly (Before and After the Split Second Recorded)

REDCAT Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater

631 West 2nd St, Los Angeles, 90012

6:00pm

Brussels-based artist Kobe Matthys, through his initiative Agency, investigates the modern concept of intellectual property, and its reliance on the assumption of a division between the ontological categories of ‘nature’ and ‘culture’. Knowing that such
 a split is difficult to make when applied to many art practices, Matthys Agency is creating 
a growing list of ‘things’ that resists the split between these two classifications. These ‘things’ are mainly derived from controversies and jurisprudence around intellectual property. For
 the exhibition, Agency gathers a selection of ‘things’ from its list, based on the speculative question “How can temporalities become included within art practices?” This question addresses ways that the requirement of “fixation” in copyright law may be inconsistent with the ecosystem of art, since the scope of interpretations can encompass an infinite set of potential variations. The exhibition delves into approximately thirty controversies around the temporariness of singular cases within cinema, fine arts, gaming, gardening, make-up, music, performance, reality television, speech, sports and theater, among others. Some of the controversies will be explored further during a series
 of five events or “assemblies” at REDCAT.

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Double Feature: Akira & Steamboy

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

7:30pm

(2/28) AKIRA, 1988, FUNimation, 124 min. Dir. Katsuhiro tomo. A landmark in animation, this visually stunning film exposed the rest of the world to Japanese anime and left its mark on innumerable live-action films. In a post apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo swarming with violent motorcycle gangs and anti-government revolutionaries, Kaneda must stop lifelong friend Tetsuo, whose out-of-control psychic powers could destroy the city. The film moves with such kinetic energy that you’ll be hanging on for dear life. - Richard Harrison, The Washington Post. In Japanese with English subtitles.

STEAMBOY (SUCHMUBI), 2004, Sony Repertory, 126 min. Writer-director Katsuhiro tomos follow up to AKIRA is just as brilliantly visualized as that earlier anime classic. In mid-19th-century England, boy inventor James Ray Steam receives a mysterious device from his grandfather with instructions to guard it carefully. When operatives from the O’Hara Foundation arrive to steal it, it becomes clear why: The steam ball can be used as a power source for highly destructive weapons. Again dealing with themes of science and militarism, tomo has created a rip-roaring adventure thats as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. In Japanese with English subtitles. 

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