MARATHON SCREENINGS


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MARATHON SCREENINGS is a series of salon-style film & video presentations that invites international and LA-based artists to share their work and engage in meaningful dialogue. The program includes films that range from short, conceptual videos to feature-length experimental documentaries, in addition to performances and lectures. The films discuss issues surrounding individual identity, representation, and historical consciousness in a shifting geopolitical landscape.

Note from the Curator: What began as an intimate gathering in my living room has since grown to include a roving series hosted by art-loving individuals in their homes, nonprofit art spaces, and now Zoom. The series was born from a casual conversation and a desire to give video art the platform it deserves. It has since grown to accommodate a growing appetite for presenting talented and challenging work in a non-hierarchical environment. With an emphasis on engaged, organic conversations, the screenings took place around a communal dinner, and plenty of wine. While Covid-19 has removed this wonderful feature, it has since introduced a new opportunity to connect with moderators and participants from all over the world. I look forward to reconnecting with all of you in person, but until then let’s savor this sliver lining and consider what we can do to make this world a more welcoming and safe home for everyone. Happy New Year!  

The series is produced by LA-based curator Asha Bukojemsky. BIO here

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Mark

LeRoy Stevens
Cosmos, 2015, Mini DV, 20:43 min


*This video was part of the group exhibition Relative Space at Elevator Mondays. Artists included Victoria Fu, Chandler McWilliams, Alison O’Danie, Debra Scacco, LeRoy Stevens and Mungo Thomson. Hosted by Elevator Mondays. 



In Cosmos, LeRoy Stevens takes the soundtrack from Carl Sagan’s iconic show (Cosmos: A Personal Voyage) and plays it over muted commercials that aired during an episode of the 2014 remake (Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey). Separating the cosmic music from its designated source, Stevens reveals how this acousmatic sound gives weight and sensation to an otherwise silent space. Stripping away the commercial’s original sound, Stevens exposes the advertising systems in place, as well as our own ability to fill in what we can’t hear. The very same language used to illustrate the cosmos by Sagan is used to describe a Samsung device and a Carls Jr burger, while Red Bull promises to “gives you wings” and skittles lets you “touch the rainbow.” By contrasting the epic scale instilled by the soundtrack against vapid depictions of a life better lived, Cosmos presents a sum that is better than any of the individual parts.



LeRoy Stevens (born 1984, Park Ridge, IL) lives and works in Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions include Floating World, Potts, Los Angeles (2018), Books, Chan Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont (2016), Oskar, The Finley, Los Angeles (2015), Tilde, Nathalie Karg, New York (2014), Starting Blocks, Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles (2014) and From the Bird’s Mouth, Linnagalerii, Tallinn (2011). Since 2009, Stevens has published artist's records through his record label Small World. His work has been written about in the NY Times, The Daily Telegraph and he has appeared on NPR, BBC and KCHUNG.

www.leroystevens.info

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Mark